The City of Orlando confirmed on early Monday morning that Eddie was the 9th victim to have been formally identified. Other details about Eddie's death were not immediately released, but his mother and other relatives have been notified.
Eddie was at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning when gunfire erupted. He fled to a bathroom where he texted his mother, Mina Justice, to tell her that he loved her. They continued to exchange brief messages for nearly an hour.
"Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us. Hurry. He's in the bathroom with us. ... He's a terror," Eddie wrote in the final minutes. His last message was "Yes", responding to his mother who asked whether the shooter was in the bathroom with him.
Mina did not receive any more messages from her son, and her uncertainty about Eddie's fate continued throughout the day as relatives were unsure whether their loved ones were dead or among those seriously injured. Police recovered Eddie's body late on Sunday, after which Mina was notified.
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