Friday, June 17, 2016

Apopka turns out at vigil for Orlando mass shooting victim Eddie Justice

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 1:03 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY MONIVETTE CORDEIRO
  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro

About 100 people came to pray, light candles and mourn in Apopka for the life of Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, one of the 49 people killed last weekend in the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. 

Justice, 30, worked as an accountant, who was Pulse early Sunday morning during "Latin Night" with his best friend and survivor of the shooting Demetrice Naulings, according to CBS News. After the first shots were fired by the gunman, Naulings says Justice looked at him and said, "Take care of me, please don't leave me."

They were eventually separated in the panicked crowd, and Justice ended up trapped in one of the club's bathrooms. From there, he texted his mother, Wilhelmina Justice, saying, "Mommy I love you." Justice asked his mother to call the police and told her many people were hurt. His last texts say the gunman was in the bathroom with them, and finally, "He's a terror."
click to enlarge Wilhelmina Justice, right. - PHOTO BY MONIVETTE CORDEIRO
  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
  • Wilhelmina Justice, right.
Justice's aunt Varnada Logan says her nephew would always embrace everyone with a hug and kiss. The family is close, supportive and saw Justice on a weekly basis. Logan says they're trying to arrange the details of Justice's funeral just as he would want it because he was particular about those things. 

"If not, we'll probably hear from him," she says, with a warm laugh.
click to enlarge PHOTO BY MONIVETTE CORDEIRO
  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
Logan adds Justice was an active person who enjoyed life and got the opportunity to travel to Japan, California and New York. 

"I want this to be a celebration of his life, they way he lived it—with fun, with dignity and with integrity," she says."

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