Eddie Justice sent a series of terrified texts to his mother from a bathroom as the gunman made his way through gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, according to a BBC report.
His mother searched for him and shared his texts over the following day but his name has now appeared on the list of those killed.
“Mommy I love you”, read the first message Mina Justice received from her son Eddie Justice at 02:06 EST (06:06 GMT) on Sunday morning.
“In club they shooting”, the next text read.
The 30-year-old was one of many held hostage in the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning.
Mina was asleep but was woken by the text. She tried calling her son, but he did not answer, so she texted him instead.
“U ok?” she typed out.
He replied, “Trapp in bathroom” a minute later, before telling her he was at Pulse, asking her to call police.
At 02:39, he said: “He’s coming. I’m gonna die”.
Mina asked her son, who worked as an accountant and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando, which bathroom he was in and if anyone was hurt.
“Lots. Yes,” was his response.
She then told him that police were there and to let her know when he saw them. She also asked him if the man was in the bathroom with him.
“He’s a terror,” he replied at 02:50, before sending his last text. “Yes.”
There was no response after that. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice’s name appeared as the ninth name on the running list of those killed in the attack.