Mass. vic­tim of Ve­gas shoot­ings re­mem­bered

Woonsocket Call - - Region / Obituaries -

TEWKS­BURY, Mass. (AP) — A Mas­sachusetts mother who was among the 58 peo­ple killed in the shoot­ing at a Las Ve­gas coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val was re­mem­bered by her hus­band on Thurs­day for her love and faith.

Rhonda LeRocque, 42, was "the hap­pi­est, most car­ing, sweet, and self-sac­ri­fic­ing per­son you would ever know," Ja­son LeRocque wrote in a state­ment read by a cousin at po­lice head­quar­ters in their home­town of Tewks­bury. It was his first pub­lic com­ment since his wife's death.

Rhonda was among the first peo­ple struck by gun­fire that came from the 32nd floor of a nearby ho­tel on Oct. 1, he said. Their 6-yearold daugh­ter, as well as Ja­son LeRocque's fa­ther had been with the cou­ple but left be­fore the gun­fire.

He said his wife was still breath­ing when she was brought to the hospi­tal in a stranger's pickup truck. He thanked the strangers and first re­spon­ders who helped get his wife to the hospi­tal, as well as the med­i­cal per­son­nel who gave him a pre­cious two ex­tra hours with her be­fore she died.

"I was with her the en­tire time," he said.

Ja­son LeRocque, 41, also thanked those who have helped the fam­ily since their re­turn to Tewks­bury, of­fer­ing com­fort, bring­ing meals and rais­ing money.

Rhonda LeRocque was a de­vout Je­ho­vah's Wit­ness who had helped with dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts in Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Flor­ida and Ja­maica.

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