The day after Valentine’s Day, Terra Pinkard received a final text message from her husband.
She says it read: “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,” Pinkard wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I called his phone several times, text, FaceTime, nothing.”
After calling the Aurora, Illinois plant where her husband Josh Pinkard worked, she learned that police were at the building, Pinkard wrote.
She drove to the industrial valve manufacturer’s warehouse, then to two hospitals — waiting for hours — before learning at a staging area for families that Josh was one of five people killed in a shooting at the plant Friday afternoon.
The post went on to pay tribute to Josh, whom she called “the smartest person I’ve ever met” and “my best friend.”
“I’m crying now as I write this. I want to shout from the rooftops about how amazing Josh was!” the post reads. “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.”