Luck dies for Ve­gas sur­vivor

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Telemachus Or­fanos, known to his friends as Tel, was lucky to sur­vive Amer­ica’s worst mass shoot­ing in No­vem­ber 2017 when a gun­man opened fire on a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas.

But Tel’s luck ran out at the Border­line Bar when he be­came in­volved in an­other mass shoot­ing — and this one claimed his life. Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter hear­ing of her son’s death, a heart­bro­ken Su­san Sch­midtOr­fanos called for gun con­trol. “My son was in Las Ve­gas with a lot of his friends and he came home,” she said. “He didn’t come home last night and I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts. I want gun con­trol and I hope to God no­body else sends me any more prayers.

“I want gun con­trol. No more guns.”

Like Or­fanos and sev­eral oth­ers at the bar, Bren­dan Kelly is a sur­vivor of last year’s mas­sacre in Las Ve­gas, which killed 58 peo­ple.

The 22-year-old Kelly says he was danc­ing with friends when the gun­fire started.

Kelly was able to es­cape out the back with friends.

He says God will never give him more than he can han­dle and that he’s “here for a rea­son’’.

The 18-year-old niece of ac­tor Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley was among those killed. The Sis­ter Sis­ter star and her hus­band con­firmed Alaina Hous­ley died in the shoot­ing, say­ing their “hearts are bro­ken” and that they are “dev­as­tated that her life was cut short in this man­ner”.

Ear­lier, Mowry-Hous­ley had ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion from her mil­lions of In­sta­gram fol­low­ers. The fam­ily were first alerted Alaina might be in trou­ble when her room­mate tweeted she was still miss­ing.

Hous­ley.

Or­fanos.

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