Victim in the 2017 Las Vagas Mass Shooting Dies From Injuries

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It has been over two years since the Las Vegas shooting at a country music festival left more than 50 people dead. According to the coroner, a woman who was paralyzed from the shooting has died making the Las Vegas shooting the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

Kimberly Gervais was 55 years old when she was shot and suffered a spinal injury in the Las Vegas shooting that occurred on Oct. 1, 2017. The shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. During the shooting, 58 people were killed, and 526 others were wounded.

The county coroner in San Bernardino in California stated that the then-57-year-old woman was recovering at a nursing facility in Redlands. On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, Gervais was brought to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

The coroner said there will be an autopsy.

According to Gervais’ sister, Dena Sarvela, the stress from her injuries was too much for Gervais’ body to handle.

“She hurt. Even though she was paralyzed from the neck up, she could feel all the pain.”

Clark County, Nevada, posted a message of support on Twitter:

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Kim Gervais. For the past two years, she had battled the physical and psychological toll of the Las Vegas shooting.”

Sarvela told KPTV that Gervais went to the Las Vegas music festival with her sister and two friends. One of her friends survived, and she saw the other die.

Gervais’ sister said the past two years have been a challenge since the shooting, and Gervais was unable to return to her California home for nearly a year.

Due to the shooting, and the injuries she sustained, Gervais lost her “zest for life,” according to Sarvela.

Gervais was a single mother of two. She raised her children on her own after her husband died in 2000. Sarvela reported that her sister would have retired soon.

The second deadliest mass shooting that occurred in the United States was at club Pulse in Orlando, Florida. It took place in June 2016. Forty-nine people were killed and 50 were injured.

According to Axios, 10 years ago, 16 people were killed in the deadliest shooting.

By Jeanette Vietti

Sources:

USA Today: Las Vegas victim dies, making deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history even deadlier
Axios: The deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history
Fox 5 San Diego: A woman in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting has died of her injuries

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