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What One Family Lost In Pulse Nightclub A Year Ago

Emily Addison, left, and Deonka Drayton with their son.

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Emily Addison, left, and Deonka Drayton with their son.

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A year ago a gunman non-stop glow in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Deonka Drayton was one of a 49 people murdered that night, in what was a deadliest mass sharpened in complicated U.S. history.

Drayton was 32 during a time, and had a son with Emily Addison.

“She had a pleasing voice, a many extraordinary smile, and she smelled so good all a time,” Addison pronounced during a new revisit to StoryCorps.

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The dual changed to Florida together in 2012, and Drayton hated a heat.

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“But it did not matter how prohibited it was outside, she would go outward and play round with a son,” 37-year-old Addison said. “And she used to always tell me that, as prolonged as she was alive, a son and we would never wish for anything. And she kept her word.”

The night she was killed, Drayton sent texts to Addison.

“She pronounced that she was scared, people were shot,” Addison recounted. “But when a son is asleep, we spin a ringers off. And we feel like we wasn’t there for her when she indispensable me a most.”

When she finally saw a texts, Addison attempted to hit Drayton, though her calls went true to voicemail.

Deonka Drayton with her son.

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Deonka Drayton with her son.

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“I prayed so tough my knuckles were white,” Addison says. “But she was one of a ones that was murdered in a bathroom.”

As it gets closer to a one-year anniversary, Addison is constantly reminded of a final time she saw Drayton.

“I can tell we what was in her stomach since we done a final meal. She desired my cooking. She desired my cooking,” she says. “My son, he’s 3 now, and each night … when we’re going to bed, we travel adult a stairs, he’ll spin to her design and say, ‘Night, night, mommy.’ we don’t know how to get him to know that she’s never entrance back, and we skip her so much. That feeling is constant. Like, we need her to call me. we need to see her.

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“I will always adore her, no matter what,” Addison says. “There will never be an end.”

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