SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Emotions were etched across the face of Star Shelton as she spoke about her former girlfriend who was among the victims of the mass slaying at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.

K.J. Morris had moved to Orlando a few months ago and worked as a bouncer at the club.

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“She was so excited,” Shelton told the Orlando Sentinel. “She’d just started working there and told me how she was thrilled to get more involved in the LGBT community there.”

In an interview with KPIX 5, Shelton said she wanted the world to remember the 37-year-old Morris as more than “just a name on a list.”

“I just want people who didn’t know her to know she was a vibrant, beautiful full of life individual that brought joy to everybody that she came across and encountered,” she said. “She always just wanted to help people.”

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“I know that on this tragic night and in her last moments, I know she was helping someone because she was a fighter.”

Shelton said when she first heard of the shooting, a wave of emotions swept over her.

“Honestly, just heart-breaking,” she said. “I had that pit feeling in my stomach, I just felt nauseous…I don’t know where’s she’s at, is she okay? Unfortunately, nobody had heard from her…So it was just a scary, scary feeling at that moment.”

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Shelton says Morris’ family contacted her after they received word of her death after spending all day at an Orlando hospital. She said she would soon travel to Orlando to be with her friend’s family.