A woman who worked to provide passionate care to patients at the end of their lives had her life taken in Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.
Cindy Yuille, 54, of northeast Portland, was one of the two people killed by Jacob Roberts before he turned the gun on himself at the mall.
"Cindy was everybody's friend," her family said in a statement." She was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first."
"Cindy was an amazing hospice nurse. She spent her life helping other people transition to the end of life and Cindy Yuille's family never got to say goodbye," said Kelly Nickerson, who was friends with Yuille.
Yuille's stepson believes she was possibly looking for a specific hat he wanted for Christmas.
Now, the Yuille family and all their friends are trying to cope.
"My big sister is doing OK, my dad is doing OK and all of our friends are just devastated that this has happened," said Hunter Yuille.
Kaiser Permanente said Cindy Yuille worked as a nurse on the hospital's hospice care team. She worked at Kaiser Permanente for 16 years.
A hospital spokesman said her husband is also a nurse on the hospice care team.
"Cindy was a beloved caregiver for the kind and compassionate support she provided for patients and families at times of impending loss and need," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday. "Our hearts are with Cindy's husband and family as they absorb this tragedy and grieve."
Kaiser Permanente has made counseling services available to employees as they deal with the loss of a co-worker.
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