WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In a shooting rampage, last week in Aurora, Illinois that killed five people and wounding others, one of the victims texted his love to his wife before he died.
- Josh Pinkard who was a manufacturing plant manager in a Chicago suburb was among the first who was killed.
- Pinkard was with two other colleagues in a meeting with the gunman — who worked in the plant for 15 years and was being fired from his job.
Josh Pinkard is one of the victims of last week’s Aurora shooting rampage that killed five people. The 37-year-old worked as a plant manager at Henry Pratt Co., a manufacturing plant in the Chicago suburb of Aurora. As he lay dying, he managed to text his love to his wife.
Terra Pinkard said she received her husband’s text message at 1:24 Friday afternoon saying ‘I love you. I’ve been shot at work.’
Authorities have reported that Gary Martin, a plant employee for 15 years was called in for a meeting and was being fired when he began shooting. Pinkard, along with two other co-workers who were at the meeting was among the first casualties.
Five workers were killed during the shooting wounding six other people including five police officers. Eventually, Martin was fatally shot at the scene.
In her Facebook page on Sunday, Terry related that she tried to call, text and FaceTime her husband several times to no avail. When she called the plant, the woman who answered said she was in a barricaded room while police were swarming the area.
“I finally got in touch with the Aurora (police) who told us there were fatalities. He read my husband’s name.”
She continued saying that telling her children that their father is in heaven now with Jesus, is the hardest thing to do.
On Sunday, nearly 1,700 people assembled for a prayer vigil and paid homage to the victims and first responders.
“Just to simply offer condolences is not enough. It doesn’t measure the amount of pain that we feel for the loss that we’ve experienced in this community,” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin told the crowd.
Pinkard was asked by media to talk about Josh, but she found it too hard. She wrote saying, “I want to shout from the rooftops about how brilliant Josh was! My best friend”!
Thanking family and friends for their prayers and kindness, she also asked them to pray for her children who are struggling over the loss of their dad.
According to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, Martin had his gun permit invalidated in 2014 after a felony conviction in Mississippi turned up after a background check. He never turned over his weapon.
Source: USA Today