Son collapses in tears at the funeral of his mom who shielded him from bullets during Orlando massacre

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Brenda Lee Marquez-McCool was dancing with
her son Isaiah Henderson at Pulse nightclub
when shots rang out over the blaring music.
Instead of running away, she threw herself on
her son, shielding him from shooter Omar
Mateen. She died protecting her son, pictured in
the middle crying

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McCoo, 49, was a two-time cancer survivor.
Her sister-in-law Ada Pressley told the New
York Daily News that McCool saw gunman Omar
turn his assault rifle at her and her son and
said:
“Get down,’ to Isaiah and she got in front of
him,”. She was shot dead. That’s how much she
loved her kids. If it weren’t for her, he’d have
been shot.”

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At her funeral at the First United Methodist
Church of Orlando today, Henderson, 21, broke
down as he paid heartfelt tribute to his mother,
almost unable to stand while he spoke.
“I never thought that her life would be ended
right in front of my eyes,” he said, sobbing. “My
mother accepted everyone with open arms. She
loved everybody equally, no matter what.”
His brothers rushed to the pulpit to hold him up
and console him.
“I haven’t stopped crying since,” Henderson
said.
The funeral was also full of humor and colorful
moments as Marquez-McCool’s family
remembered her life. She was repeatedly referred
to as a resilient woman who was a family leader
and a fighter.
Henderson said he and his mother used to
wrestle and “play fight,” adding that his mother
always won. “I obviously lost. She’s a
linebacker!” he joked. His family roared with
laughter.
Many of Marquez-McCool’s 11 children spoke.
Her brother Michael Santos was the only one of
her siblings to offer words of remembrance, and
he struggled at times to get through them.
“I have nothing to say to you because my heart
is on fire. I have no words,” said Santos.
He spoke fondly of their Puerto Rican heritage
and said that his sister was quite the dancer,
the life of the party. He looked toward heaven
and asked her to “tell Jesus to step up the salsa
game.”
Robert Pressley Jr., another of Marquez-
McCool’s sons, joined his friends near the altar
and sang a tribute to his mother, at times
pulling the microphone away from his mouth and
holding down his head as he struggled to finish
the song through tears.

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