On Sunday, the nation was shocked when Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. While the massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in US history, the event also highlighted the courageous actions of a few individuals whose brave efforts saved dozens of lives.
CBS News recently spoke to Imran Yousuf — a US marine who served in Afghanistan — who worked the night of the shooting as a bouncer.
According to the veteran, he was at the club's back staff hallway when he heard shots go off. After a crowd of people joined him in the close quarters, he realized there was a door near them that could lead them to safety.
The 24-year-old recalls:
"I'm just screaming 'open the door, open the door,' and no one's moving because they're scared… There was only one choice, either we all stay there and we all die or I could either take the chance to get shot, save everyone else."'
Yousuf says around 60-70 club goers went through the exit.
Although he saved so many lives, he believes he could've saved more.
"I wish I could save more, to be honest… There's a lot of people that are dead… There's a lot of people that are dead."
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: