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CT resident identified one of victims in deadly Orlando nightclub shooting

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KJ Morris was identified as one of the victims in the Orlando shooting. (Facebook) KJ Morris was identified as one of the victims in the Orlando shooting. (Facebook)
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News has learned one of the victims of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting has ties to Connecticut.

CBS News confirmed that 37-year-old Kimberly Morris, of Torrington, was among the 50 people killed at or near the Pulse night club in Saturday night's shooting.

"Probably trying to protect people, she was very much a pleaser, a happy person," Ashley Andersen, who is a friend of Morris, said. "She would do anything and would give the shirt off her back."

Andersen said she knew Morris from their days at Torrington High School and just moved to Orlando a few weeks ago. She had just got a job doing security at Pulse last week.

"I actually didn’t even think about it," Andersen said. "I didn’t put her in that category with all these acts of violence going on right now." 

Andersen said Morris’ family went to Florida on Sunday.

"I’m disgusted that there’s people out there in the world that have so much hatred," Andersen said. 

Andersen said saw Morris for the last time two to three years ago in Northampton, MA at the pride festival. 

"Her laugh and her smile, no matter how much time passed between the time we saw each other, it was like we were growing up," Andersen said. "We would always go back to the beginning like nothing ever changed." 

Morris was a performer at the Diva's Nightclub in Northampton, MA. The nightclub said she preformed as Daddy K. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. We will always remember her smile and her amazing way she lite up the stage in her performances. Keep dancing KJ...And we'll keep smiling remembering you!!," the club posted on its Facebook page Sunday. 

Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen living in Port St. Lucie, FL., is accused of killing 50 and wounding 53 more during the shooting. 

Police said Mateen professed allegiance to the Islamic State while carrying out the worst shooting in United States history. However, there is no evidence  yet of direct communication between the Orlando nightclub gunman and Islamic State members. 

Eyewitness News is working to get more information and will bring you any updates just as soon as they come into the newsroom.

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