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Woman, daughter with ties to Portland killed near Orlando

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Maria Sanchez and her daughter Destiny Maria Sanchez and her daughter Destiny

A woman with ties to Portland and her daughter were found shot to death Monday afternoon in their home near Orlando, Florida.

36-year-old Maria Sanchez and her 16-year-old daughter, Destiny Banuelos, were discovered by a man who lives with them, police said.

The man is cooperating with investigators.

According to Sanchez' husband, Jerry Ledbetter, Jr., he and Sanchez, along with their five children, moved to Florida three years ago.  Ledbetter moved back to Portland with four of the couple's children, while Sanchez and her daughter (Ledbetter's step-daughter) decided to remain in Florida.

Ledbetter said he found out about their deaths through a Facebook message.

"She just kept saying, 'I'm sorry for your loss," said Ledbetter. "She sent me a screen shot of a newscast segment, and it said 'mother and daughter found dead in a home'."

Ledbetter plans to drive to Florida Wednesday to retrieve his wife and step-daughter's remains for memorial services in Portland.

His family has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for transportation costs and funeral expenses.

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