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Wife of Aurora, Illinois Mass Shooting Victim Reveals Husband’s Heartbreaking Last Words


Josh Pinkard, 37, was one of the victims in a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois on Friday, but before Pinkard died he was able to tell his wife that he loved her one last time.

“I received a text at 1:24 from my precious husband that said I love you, I’ve been shot at work,” wife Terra Pinkard wrote in a statement to Facebook on Sunday. “It took me several times reading it for it to hit me that it was for real.”

Pinkard was a plant manager at the Henry Pratt Company, according to USA Today. That’s where co-worker Gary Martin murdered him and four other employees, police said. The suspect died in a shootout with cops, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said during a Friday press conference.

In her Sunday post, Terra Pinkard called her husband “brilliant.”

“The smartest person I’ve ever met!” she wrote. “My best friend! The man I would have leaned on during devastation like this 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. This unbelievable person was robbed from us.”

The other victims were identified as 47-year-old Russell Beyer, 54-year-old Vicente Juarez, 32-year-old Clayton Parks, and 21-year-old Trevor Wehner, a college student who at the facility working his first day as an intern for the company.

Five police officers were shot during the incident and a sixth suffered a knee injury, Ziman said.

Aurora officials have started a GoFundMe campaign for the victims who lost their lives and their families. Other GoFundMe pages were started for Beyer and Juarez.

Investigators claim that Martin, who worked for the company for 15 years, brought a gun to a meeting where he was going to be fired, according to CBS 46. Martin was supposed to turn in the firearm after a 2014 background check for a concealed-carry permit revealed he was previously convicted for felony aggravated assault in 1995, according to the news outlet. Prosecutors in that old case said he beat an ex-girlfriend with a baseball bat and also stabbed her.

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