"That could have been me": A change of plans spared these Orlando residents

“That could have been me,” said Robles, 40, who was at Pulse two weeks ago. On Saturday night, she got a call from her friend just before midnight to see if she wanted to meet up at at the club.

But Robles couldn’t get a sitter for her daughter on such short notice. “Thank God I didn’t go.”

Her friend, who went, is safe. But the friend described to Robles the chaos and carnage inside.

“She said it was horrible. She’s still nervous, still in shock. She’s not talking much,” Robles said. “This touches a lot of hearts. Makes us think differently. Do things differently. Just the thought of losing people — it does have a big impact.”