“With open arms”

Orlando shooting victim Brenda McCool remembered by son whose life she saved

A makeshift memorial for those killed at the Pulse nightclub attack outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla. (Scott McIntyre/The New York Times)

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was the “mom everybody wanted,” her son, Isaiah Henderson, told mourners at McCool’s funeral on Monday. McCool, 49, was out dancing with Henderson, 21, at Pulse nightclub on June 12 when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire on the crowd there. McCool pushed Henderson out of harm’s way during the gunfire, and he survived the mass shooting, while she was one of 49 killed in the attack. At her funeral Monday, Henderson stood with two of his 10 siblings at the front of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando and broke down in tears as he talked about the woman McCool was.

“She literally loved everyone,” he said, noting that she was “crazy” but in a good way.

“She always took everybody in with open arms. She loved everybody equally, no matter what,” he said.

McCool, a mother of 11, survived cancer twice before being killed in the shooting.

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