"I'm numb right now," Susan Slocum tells PEOPLE

By Caitlin Keating
December 05, 2016 03:00 PM
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At 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, a sheriff from Monterey County in Salina, California, walked up to Susan Slocum’s front door and told her that her 32-year-old daughter Donna was one of the victims in the warehouse fire in Oakland.

“I’m numb right now,” Slocum tells PEOPLE, who first found out her daughter was missing on Saturday.

On Monday, Slocum and her husband Keith, made the hour and a half long drive to Oakland to get Donna’s car and begin to plan her funeral arrangements.

Donna and at least 35 others were killed when they attended a performance from Madison, Wisconsin-based electronic act Golden Donna at the venue dubbed the Ghost Ship on Friday night.

Credit: Susan Slocum

A total of seven people have been identified so far and the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they have launched a criminal investigation into the fire. They also revealed that they were finding victims in every section of the warehouse, including “where we least expect them.”

“She was there to dance,” says Slocum. “We found out she was on the second floor dancing with her friends. They were the first bodies they were able to find.”

She added: “We’re grateful that she was able to be identified.”

Slocum, who also lost her son when he was 18-years-old, says her daughter “will be buried next to him.”

Donna’s on-and-off again boyfriend didn’t make it out of the fire, says Slocum, but he has yet to be identified.

“Several of her friends died in the fire, but it was her roommate who told us that she was missing,” she says. “She was one of the few that made it out.”

Her stepfather, Keith, says Donna was a “free-spirited girl” who loved music, the outdoors and biking.

Slocum adds, “She was full of life.”

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Donna was a graduate of San Francisco State where she studied photography. She returned to school to study nutrition and was very interested in holistic living.

“She wanted to be a nutrition consultant and maybe do it in the prison system to help people” Slocum says. “Or work at a homeless shelter.”

“She was very unique,” Slocum says of her daughter, who would often dye her hair different colors. “She could light up the room. She recently cut her long hair short and said, ‘Mom, I kind of look like Tinker Bell.’ “