PALMDALE – A local school teacher was among those killed in the mass shooting Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
Jenny Parks, a kindergarten teacher at Anaverde Hills School and Lancaster resident, died after a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino unleashed hails of bullets on fans watching the festival as headliner Jason Aldean performed.
According to a GoFundMe page established for the family, Parks “was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher and so much more.”
“She touched many lives… She leaves behind her husband, Bobby, and young children, Bryce and Leah, parents and brothers and their families. Let’s show our support to her family as we mourn this sad loss,” the fundraising page states.
To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/y4nud-parks-family#
Jenny Parks was loved by her students, their parents, and the school’s volleyball team, which she helped coach, one parent said.
CNN reported that Parks’ husband, Bobby, was shot in an arm but is expected to survive.
Law enforcement officials said Monday 59 people were killed and 527 wounded in the Las Vegas massacre, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Authorities determined that a single shooter was responsible. The lone gunman was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. An FBI official in Las Vegas said Paddock did not appear to have any connection to terrorism, despite a reported claim of responsibility by the terrorist group ISIS.
Authorities said Paddock killed himself.