A day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we are now seeing the faces of the victims. The death toll continues to rise and is now at 59, with hundreds more injured. Angie Gomez, 20, a nursing student from Riverside, California, and Lisa Romero-Muniz, 42, a high school secretary in New Mexico, are just two faces that were at the country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, when they were senselessly killed among a sea of thousands of concert goers.
According to Reuters, Gomez “was a 2015 alumna of Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA.” On their Facebook, the school posted this following message.
“We received word this morning that 2015 alumnus Angie Gomez, was involved in the Vegas shooting last night. While details are still emerging, we did receive confirmation that Angie succumbed to her injuries. We will continue to update the community as information becomes available. We are heartbroken. Please join me in lifting her and her family up in prayer. She will always be loved and endeared by our Poly Family.”
Her friend Veronika Maldonado was on CNN in this morning and said that Gomez just got into a nursing program. “She had a boyfriend of four years,” Maldonado said on CNN. “Their love was straight out of a movie. She was living her best life. Her last weekend was spent doing what she loved, she loved country music.” Her friend also started a Gofundme page and has raised more almost $50,000. Of that amount, Maldonado says: “It’s amazing, and we’re all in shock. Riverside is an amazing community. I am so in awe of all of the donations.”
“She not only an employee of our school district, but was an incredible, loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students,” Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt said of his employee Romero-Muniz. “She was outgoing, kind and considerate. We will miss all these attributes that she brought and shared.”
Romero-Muniz wrote on Facebook about saying: “Last year, Lisa Romero-Muniz’s husband, Chris, forgot their wedding anniversary. This year he was determined to make it up to her. So he made a grand gesture, planning a four-day weekend in Las Vegas and buying tickets to see her favorite country singer, Jason Aldean. They left on Thursday for Las Vegas, more than a six-hour drive away.”
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