Actor’s last words before fatal shooting

Days after General Hospital star Johnny Wactor was shot and killed, the co-worker who held him in his final moments shared chilling new details about the chain of events that led to his death.

“It took me some time to collect myself and my thoughts. I was with Johnny in his final moments and I’m here to be his voice after such unimaginable events,” Anita Joy wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday to Fox News.

“He was senselessly killed by a coward who reacted without a care for the beautiful life he was taking,” she wrote in her post. “I’m angry, sad and all emotions at the same time, but mostly I’m here for Johnny’s justice.”

After working as a bartender at Level 8 in downtown Los Angeles, Joy said she and Wactor were walking to their cars in the early hours of May 25 before they spotted “some criminals trying to steal a car part.”

“We cautiously approached the men and asked what they were doing, at first we thought they were towing the car,” she wrote. “We were no threat and Johnny remained as calm as ever, simply stating that it was his car and for them to go. Hands open at the side in peace.”

“Johnny was between me and the man who shot him,” she continued. “When I heard the gunshot ringing out into the night, he forced himself back into my arms. Grabbing him I shouted ‘Hunny are you ok?!’ And he only answered: ‘No! Shot!’ We rolled into the street where I pushed my legs under him and tried to hold his body while I screamed for help and screamed at him to stay with me.’

The bar’s security guard then crossed the street and rushed over while calling 911.

“We tied my denim jacket around him to stop the bleeding and Bryan [the security guard] continued to try CPR on him,” she wrote.

“It was too close, too bad a wound to survive, but my God, he fought to stay.

“I am absolutely heartbroken and so very angry. My only peace is that I was with him and that it didn’t happen to him – my only other peace will be to see these horrible people brought to justice.”

“His energy was magnetic and drew you in so effortlessly – you were safe with him,” she continued in her caption. “He treated everyone with love, respect, compassion and really ‘saw’ you. He was handsome, dumb as hell, full of work ethic and values.”

“He called me ‘Anita Bonita’ and I hope that the imprint of his voice saying that every time I saw him never leaves my memory,” she added. “Just one look into his big blue eyes, followed by a big goofy smile, made Johnny love him instantly. Absolutely one of the best men I have ever known.”

“I’m so grateful that I was a part of his world and he was a part of mine. My heart is broken for his loss, but I believe I got the best guardian angel. I love you Johnny Wacky,” Joy concluded.

On Wednesday, the coroner released Wactor’s official cause of death.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was “homicide” and the immediate cause was a “gunshot wound to the chest.”

In a press release obtained by Fox News Digital on Tuesday, the LAPD said Wactor was “confronted by three individuals” in the early hours of May 25. Wactor had just finished his shift as a bartender and noticed that these individuals had “jacked up” his car and were in the process of stealing the catalytic converter. Wactor was shot by one of the individuals.

According to the post, “Los Angeles Police Department, Central Area officers responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 1200 block of Hope Street. When officers arrived, they found the victim, identified as 37-year-old John William Wactor, with an apparent gunshot wound. The policemen began to provide assistance to the victim and requested an emergency medical response.”

He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and has been reproduced with permission

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