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Las Vegas man visiting Orlando reflects on shooting

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 00:59:38-04
13 Action News spoke with a local Las Vegas man who took his wife and kids to Orlando for a family vacation, during which the shooting at Pulse nightclub occurred.
Kurt Divich said he learned about the shooting Sunday morning while reading headlines on his phone. Suddenly, he and his wife had to re-examine their vacation plans and make sure their family would be safe.
"My wife had put together a pretty exhaustive itinerary for us the days we were here and Disney World was on the agenda," said Divich. "The first thing I said to my wife was, 'we're not going anywhere today.' And then we talked a little bit and I called some friends in law enforcement in Las Vegas and asked them their opinions on heading to the park."
Divich and his wife decided to take the kids to Disney World, despite the sad news. But he said it was different than before the shooting. He told 13 Action News he noticed increased security, including more people being sent through metal detectors.
"They hadn't done that with me the day before," he said. "I noticed that they were taking people as frequently as possible, much more vigorously from the bag search line area and then taking them to the metal detectors."
Divich has O-negative blood, known as "universal donor" of blood types. Knowing how useful his blood type can be, and being moved by the tragedy, he went to donate. Divich went to donate twice but said the donation centers were overwhelmed. 
"After being there about an hour, they said they're at complete capacity, they're turning everyone away and they said the best thing I could do is give blood back in Las Vegas," he said. 
He plans to donate when he returns to the valley.