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Spokane woman relieved loved ones are safe after Orlando shooting

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Pray for Orlando is the message our nation has for Florida. One Spokane woman is holding her family a little tighter tonight after worrying that one of her loved ones may have been in Orlando that night. 

The news from Orlando made Deanne Cuevas think twice. "My daughter had called, she says, 'Mom have you heard the news?' We were worried," said Deanne.

Worried because Deanne thought the man she considers her adoptive son was in Orlando but soon she found out he was OK. "I broke out in tears, just thanking God that he wasn't one of those people," said Deanne.

He wasn't there at the time but come to find out, "He did know four of them, those were the four that were murdered. Three of them were not close but people that he knew," said Deanne. It hits close to home.

Deanne says one moment she was celebrating over the weekend in Spokane, "You know not even 24 hours, we were celebrating 25 years here in Spokane of all we've accomplished" and the next moment, "and to see that fueled by hatred."

She's feeling a mixture of emotions. "One minute I'm angry, one minute I'm hurt, one minute I'm scared to death to walk out my door," said Deanne.

Spreading love at the vigil Sunday night in Spokane and waking up to Monday, she's got a message she'd like to share. "The one thing I could tell just anybody, whether you are young or old; get rid of the hatred, get rid of the bitterness. It consumes you too much."

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