SGA Hosts LV Shooting Remembrance Event

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
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A retired carpenter from Illinois crafted 58 memorials for Las Vegas shooting victims. Photo by YeVonne Allen.

Truckee Meadows Community College students, faculty and staff are remembering and honoring those hurt during the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting in many ways, such as comforting each other, participating in charitable activities, and brainstorming ways to help the families affected by the tragedy.

TMCC’s Student Government Association is planning a college-wide memorial event to take place the third week in October.

"The SGA will host an event Thursday through Monday, Oct. 19–23 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. to support the people and families impacted, and honor the victims of the shooting on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas," said Gloria Chavez, SGA Secretary.

The motion Chavez made at an SGA special activities meeting was unanimously approved by student government officers and senators.

  • When: Thursday–Friday Oct. 19–20, and Monday Oct. 23, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Where: V. James Eardley Student Services Center

The event is an all-day drop-in tabling area in the Student Center including a large paper banner on which students and staff will be able to write their thoughts. Also included will be the following:

  • 58 battery-powered candles each with the name of one of the victims
  • Card for Austin Meyer's family for signatures and well-wishes
  • Printed information about obtaining grief assistance at the TMCC Counseling Center

Austin Meyer, a TMCC automotive student was in Las Vegas celebrating his recent 24th birthday, attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with his fiancée Dana Getreu. He died as a result of the shooting. Students and staff of TMCC are mourning his death and celebrating his life.

Charitable Donations

The SGA encourages the campus community to contribute to one of two charitable accounts, if they wish to donate.

The official GoFundMe site, the Las Vegas Victims Fund will benefit families of the Las Vegas shooting victims. It was set up by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. Also, there was a GoFundMe account specifically set up on behalf of Austin Meyer’s family by one his co-workers at the Sparks Costco.

For more information about the upcoming SGA remembrance event, please contact the Student Government Association at 775-673-7203.