Aurora shooting victim's wife reveals heartbreaking final text sent to her by husband
Josh Pinkard was among the five people who were shot dead by Gary Martin, who went on a shooting spree after being fired from water valve manufacturer Henry Pratt Co
The wife of one of the five shooting victims who were killed last week in Aurora, Illinois, revealed her husband's last text message to her: "I love you, I've been shot at work."
Five people were gunned down at water valve manufacturer Henry Pratt Co. on Friday when an employee, Gary Martin, who was being fired, went on a shooting rampage at the workplace, wounding six law enforcement officers in the process.
According to authorities, Martin, who was fatally shot at the scene of the incident and had worked for 15 years at the plant, had been called into a meeting and was being fired when he began shooting. Josh Pinkard was among three people at the meeting who were killed.
Josh Pinkard's wife, Terra Pinkard, on Friday, took to Facebook calling the day "a literal nightmare" and said: ""I received a text at 1:24 from my precious husband that said 'I love you, I’ve been shot at work.' It took me several times reading it for it to hit me that it was for real," she said of the message from her husband.
"I called his plant and a lady answered and said she was barricaded in her room and police were everywhere. Of course, my heart dropped," she added, saying that she had tried calling him, texted him and even tried FaceTime but with no response.
Shortly after this, Pinkard immediately packed up their three children and drove to the plant. She found the doors closed and drove to the two nearest hospitals and waited at the second one for news.
"I finally got in touch with the Aurora (police) who told me of a staging area for victims families," she wrote. "I don’t know how my body drove itself there but it did. The police told us there were fatalities. He read my husband’s name."
Pinkard said that she eventually had to deliver the tragic news to her family herself: "I told my children their dad did not make it and is in heaven with Jesus. I’ve never had to do something that hard.”
She described her husband Josh, who was the newly appointed plant manager, as "brilliant," her "best friend" and "the man I would have leaned on during devastation like this and who would tell me 'it’s ok Terra, it is all going to be fine.'”
“The man who was dying and found the clarity of mind for just a second to send me one last text to let me know he would always love me," she said of her husband in the touching post.