‘I see her in your faces’ hus­band says

S.F. of­fi­cer who jumped in to help at Route 91 speaks at her funeral

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - #VEGASSTRONG: HOPE AND HEALING - By Ben Botkin Re­view-jour­nal Cap­i­tal Bu­reau

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Stacee Etcheber was a cow­girl at heart, in her el­e­ment around horses. Her hus­band, Vin­cent Etcheber, not so much.

They were a match re­gard­less, and made a life in the Bay Area, where Vin­cent is a San Fran­cisco po­lice of­fi­cer and Stacee was a hair­styl­ist. Stacee’s life was cut short when she died in the Oct. 1 mas­sacre at Early in their re­la­tion­ship, she took him horse­back rid­ing. She left him be­hind with her horse trot­ting, then gal­lop­ing, as he des­per­ately clung to his horse’s neck.

“I knew there was some­thing spe­cial about her,” he said.

They had two chil­dren, Alivia Jo and Vin­cent Jean.

“Stacee loved the out­doors and there wasn’t noth­ing she couldn’t do,” Vin­cent said. “Stacee, you are the love of my life, and my very best friend.”

A po­lice mo­tor­cy­cle es­cort waited out­side as hun­dreds of peo­ple streamed into the cathe­dral in the heart of San Fran­cisco.

“I see her in your faces and that gives me com­fort,” Vin­cent said.

Stacee’s spirit will live on, said Lisa Davis, her friend of more than 20 years.

“She does not want us to be bro­ken,” Davis said.

Stacee also was the sort of per­son who was there in tough times, com­fort­ing Davis when she lost a baby.

“She was the sis­ter I never had,” Davis said.

The Rev. Michael Quinn said Stacee “was the type of per­son who would al­ways help.”

“A crazy per­son — evil, per­son­i­fy­ing evil — did a ter­ri­ble thing to many peo­ple,” Quinn said.

San Fran­cisco po­lice have said that Vin­cent hero­ically rushed in to help vic­tims at the Route 91 fes­ti­val.

“I think God puts an­gels in our midst to lift us up,” Quinn said. “Both Stacee and Vince, when they saw a need, they re­sponded.”

San Fran­ciso po­lice of­fi­cers had a heavy pres­ence at the funeral, pay­ing re­spects to the fam­ily of one of their own. A po­lice mo­tor­cy­cle es­cort led the way to a pri­vate burial af­ter the funeral.

Po­lice of­fi­cers lined the out­side of the cathe­dral as the pro­ces­sion left. Five Las Ve­gas po­lice of­fi­cers were present to pay their re­spects.

Las Ve­gas Po­lice Lt. Ray­mond Spencer said law en­force­ment is a broth­er­hood and sis­ter­hood that con­nects dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’re all con­nected emo­tion­ally in this,” he told re­porters. “It was a trau­matic event not only for Las Ve­gas, but us as a na­tion. It was im­por­tant for us to come here and show sup­port for the San Fran­cisco com­mu­nity.”

Etcheber is is also sur­vived by her par­ents Greg Ro­drigues, Linda French-ro­drigues and An­nella Jo Keen and Jim Keen, and two broth­ers and a sis­ter, ac­cord­ing to her obit­u­ary.

Con­tact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@ re­viewjour­nal.com or 775-461-0661. Fol­low @Ben­botkin1 on Twit­ter.

Ben Botkin

Re­view-jour­nal Cap­i­tal Bu­reau San Fran­cisco po­lice of­fi­cers line up Thurs­day out­side St. Mary’s Cathe­dral in San Fran­cisco af­ter the funeral Mass for Stacee Etcheber. Etcheber was one of the 58 vic­tims of the Route 91 Har­vest fes­ti­val mass shoot­ing on Oct. 1 on the Strip.

Stacee Etcheber

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