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Orlando Victim’s Brother Thought His ‘Dying’ Text Was a Joke

Remembering the Names of the Orlando Shooting Victims 2:04

Santos Rodriquez really thought his brother was joking — they do that a lot.

"Lmao," he texted back. "Lmao."

Image: Shooting victim Jeff Rodriquez in hospital
Shooting victim Jeff Rodriquez in hospital. Santos Rodriquez

The first text from his brother Jeff, 37, had come in at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday.

"I beenx shot at club… dying I love you," the text read. "Dead bodies on top of me."

"Huh?" Santos Rodriquez texted as more desperate messages popped up — "Im bleeding" and "Im dying" and "Call mami."

It was only at after 3:30 a.m. that Santos Rodriquez realized it was no joke — his brother had been texting shot three times in the slaughter at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.

He's currently hospitalized and awaiting surgery; Santos Rodriquez has not been able to see him yet.

"I just want to see him and say like, I believe you now… I'm sorry that I didn't believe your text," he told NBC News.

Read the texts between the brothers below.

Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez
Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez
Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez
Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez
Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez
Image: Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez
Text messages exchanged by brothers Santos and Jeff Rodriquez. Santos Rodriquez