Moms of Orlando Shooting Victims Share Their Anguish & Plead for Peace (VIDEOS)

olrlando shooting vigilEvery parent's worst nightmare came to life in the early hours of Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire inside an Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 more. Mothers whose sons and daughters were trapped inside Pulse nightclub shared their anguish and revealed the heartbreaking messages that they woke to in the middle of the night that would forever alter their lives.

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Mina Justice received heartbreaking texts from her son, Eddie, who was held hostage inside the bathroom before being fatally wounded.

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No parent should ever have to experience the horror that Mina Justice went through. She had to be hanging on his every word, willing her 30-year-old son to somehow escape and survive.

We can't even fathom what it must have been like for her to be waiting for a new text to arrive, letting her know he was alright. How devastatingly helpless she must have felt, wanting to protect her child but having no way to do so.

But, sadly, Justice isn't the only mom who lost her son in this horrific act of terror. Call it mother's intuition, but something caused Christine Leinonen to wake at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. After looking on Facebook, she learned that her son, Christopher, was among those who were yet to be identified in the deadly shooting. From 4 a.m. on, she waited at the emergency room for word on whether he was dead or alive.

The anguish of waiting is nothing any mother should ever have to bear. Later, she learned her son, who started the Gay Straight Alliance at his high school, was among the dead.

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To bury a son because of a senseless act of violence is something that these mothers will carry with them forever.

For Justice, knowing she was on her son's mind as he sought solace in those terrifying final moments may provide some small bit of comfort.

Leinonen put words to the emotions so many are feeling when she told ABC

Please, let's all just get along. We're on this earth for such a short time, let's try to get rid of the hatred and the violence, please.

Amen.

 

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