This woman paid the ultimate sacrifice. Brave woman, indeed.
A man whose life was saved when his mother acted as a human shield during the Orlando massacre has broken down at her funeral as he paid his respects.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, was shot dead by Omar Mateen at Pulse nightclub as she tried to protect her 21-year-old son Isaiah Henderson.
At her funeral yesterday Isaiah broke down in tears and needed the support of his uncle and brother as he delivered the eulogy for his mother at First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that he told those in attendance: ‘I never thought her life would be ended right in front of my eyes.’
He said: ‘Everybody who knew my mom knew she was the mom everybody wanted. She always took everybody in with open arms. She loved everybody equally, no matter what.’
After breaking down, he composed himself and said: ‘I didn’t want to speak, because I knew this was going to happen. But I knew I would have regretted it if I never spoke.’
He said: ‘Everybody who knew her should have loved her too because she was crazy.’
Isaiah gave several funny anecdotes about his mother, including one about how she bloodied his nose during a playfight and he joked: ‘She’s a linebacker.’
Mrs McCool had 11 children and they all lined up to pay tribute to her.
‘She was a warrior,’ said Farrell Marshall Jr.
He told the funeral how he remembered seeing his mother smiling and laughing as she braided her son’s hair and sent photographs of him to his stepfather as they prepared to go out on the fatal night of June 11.