Eddie Justice: Accountant with a heart of gold

Justice would do anything for those he cared for

By Ryan Burkett - Producer

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, was an accountant by day, but was a beloved friend to many around the clock. His life was filled with joy, energy and passion. 

Justice was one of 49 killed at Pulse nightclub last June. CBS News spoke with Justice's best friend last year about the moments before shots rang out. He said they went to the nightclub early that morning at the last minute, just in time for last call.

"We were standing at the bar and ordering a drink. We never even got that drink," Demetrice Naulings told CBS News.

Naulings said they were dancing when the first shots were fired, and he and his friends initially thought it was the music. Then reality set in.

As panicked club-goers rushed in an effort to find safety, Naulings made it outside. Justice, meanwhile, was among those trapped in a bathroom. That's when he reached out to his mother, begging her to call 911.

Justice died a short time later. Family and friends recall Eddie as a loving young man with a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone, they said.

About a hundred people attended a memorial held in Apopka at Wheatley Elementary School a few days after Justice died. 

 

Eddie Justice is survived by his mother, Wilhemina Justice; sisters Nerelsha Justice-Macklin (Donell), Lakitra Justice, Cherrisse Woods and Shanique Woods-Boschulte; a brother, Sean Woods; a grandmother, Joyce Logan Justice; and several aunts and uncles.

 

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