One Final Message, Orlando victims sent messages to loved ones in their last moments alive
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Imagine the horror of waking up to a final text message from a loved one.
This was a reality for loved ones of the victims in the terror attack.
In the tragedy, 49 lives were taken in hours of unthinkable pain.
And for many people, that really hits home when you see the messages these young adults sent to their moms, dads and friends.
It makes you think about what your message would say.
“I would have been sending the text messages out probably crying. It’s just a fear that I can’t really put into words that I would have felt,” said Huntsvillian Lisa Reece.
“What would I say if I had one last text or call one last person?” thought Jacob Bommarito. “Like what do you say? Because, you have one last chance to get it out.”
The chilling messages and videos are now surfacing in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
Every victim, the daughter or son, grand child or best friend to someone they communicate with daily.
“You are just sort of hoping and praying,” said Jennifer Potter. “That’s immediately what I would do. I would fall on my knees and pray and just ask God to protect them and everybody else in the building.”
In a generation that uses social media to share moments of joy, these messages make the horrific attacks a violent violation on American soil.
With every message, fear in the pulse nightclub was sent, read, watched and received.
“That’s the last time you’re going to see them because you’re getting shot,” said Reece.
“I just couldn’t imagine having to read that either,” added Bommarito. “Being on the other side of it and having to read that your son or daughter is about to be killed and you’re not going to be able to see them again.”
And while the attack was more than 600 miles away from Huntsville, the memory of the lives taken is right here and the uneasiness of a large crowd is felt by many in the Tennessee Valley.
“It worries me. It’s in the back of my head,” said Reece.
“Like I just thought about what could happen,” shared Bommarito.
But that’s not stopping our community from getting out and enjoying their freedom.
“I’m not going to live in fear,” said Potter. “We can’t live just stuck. We have to keep on living our life, all of our prayers are going out to them, for sure.”
“Because if I live in fear I’m not going to be able to enjoy life,” said Bommarito.
It’s a sentiment shared by many proud Americans.