Angela “Angie” Gomez, a former high school cheerleader, has been identified as one of the 59 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting Sunday night near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
Recent estimates suggest 527 have been injured in the event, making it the deadliest shooting in US history.
Read on to learn more about Angie Gomez, who was remembered fondly by fellow students and friends.
A GoFundMe Page for Angie’s Family Has Raised over $30k
Friends of Angie and the Gomez family have created a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses and other needs they may have in upcoming weeks. As of Monday evening, over $30,000 had been raised– the initial goal was $10k.
Click here to donate.
Friends Remember Angie as a ‘Natural Born Caregiver’ Who Was ‘Never Afraid to Be Herself’
Friends of Angie have flocked to social media to express their grief over the devastating loss.
Speaking exclusively to Heavy, Veronika Maldonado, 20, who describes Angie as one of her best friends, says, “Angie was a natural born caregiver. She loved her two nieces more than anything and always treated my little sisters like her own. She was studying to be a nurse and she would have been so amazing at it. I wish her time here wasn’t cut so short.”
Another friend, Melissa Cervantes, 20, remembers Angie as being a team player. “We were always a team regardless of everything going on in each others lives, we never stopped talking, every time we met again it was just like we saw eachother yesterday, caught up with each others lives cried, laughed, hugged, reminisced on the stupid stuff from high school. We were always a team.”
David Albarran, 19, says of Angie: “She was never afraid to be herself. She never tried being someone she wasn’t. She stayed true to herself and to what she believed in.”
Angie Is a Former High School Cheerleader & Her High School Informed the Community of Her Passing on Facebook
Riverside Polytechnic High School took to Facebook to inform the community of the sad news, writing, “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.”
Reports Suggest She Attended the Concert with Her Boyfriend
According to The Daily Beast, Gomez was attending the concert with her boyfriend. He has not been identified.