Orlando Shooting: Two-Time Cancer Survivor Stood In Front Of Gunman To Protect Her Son

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There’s nothing that can compare to a mother’s love.

As we reported, My So-Called Life actor Wilson Cruz revealed that his mother’s stepsister Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was one of the 49 victims who died in the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL.

The two-time cancer survivor went with her 21-year-old openly gay son, Isaiah Henderson.

According to the Brooklyn native’s sister-in-law Ada Pressley, McCool actually stepped in front of gunman Omar Mateen to protect Isaiah.

Pressley said :

“Brenda saw him point the gun. She said, ‘Get down,’ to Isaiah and she got in front of him.”‘

Henderson was eventually brought to safety and survived the attack. Unfortunately, his mom did not.

“She was shot dead. That’s how much she loved her kids. If it weren’t for her, he’d of been shot.”

The family learned about Brenda’s fate late Monday. Isaiah wrote on Facebook:

“Just laying here thinking that I was just with my mom 24 hours ago, this is so surreal├óΓé¼┬ª I love you mom.”

Ada remembers the 49-year-old mother for her strength, and the love she had for her brood.

“She was a brave woman.”

Our thoughts and prayers go to Brenda’s friends and family during this difficult time.

[Image via Facebook.]

Jun 14, 2016 9:03pm PDT

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