SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The wife of a San Francisco police officer was among the more than 50 people who were killed in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Stacee Etcheber of Novato was attending the festival with her husband, Officer Vinnie Etcheber, when a gunman fired into the crowd from a hotel room at the neighboring Mandalay Bay resort late Sunday night.
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On Tuesday, Etcheber was being remembered by friends and family as a beloved mother, wife and daughter.
Stacee Etcheber. (SFPOA)
“It’s with a heavy heart and deep sorrow, Stacee Etcheber has passed away,” Al Etcheber, Stacee’s brother-in-law, said in a statement posted early Tuesday morning on Facebook. “Please pray for our family during this difficult time. She leaves behind two adoring beautiful children and an amazing husband. Thank you to everyone for all the support in this past few days.”
The San Francisco Police Officers’ Association said in a statement, “Stacee was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, and daughter. She will be terribly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Etcheber family and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost a loved one during this tragic attack.”
Al Etcheber also spoke at a press conference late Tuesday morning to address the sad news.
“When the shooting occurred, it was all about helping other people,” said Etcheber. “When my brother went out to help other folks and put her in safety and told her to run out of there, she didn’t run out of there. She came back and helped other people as well. That’s when they got separated. From there, we really didn’t know what happened. ”
The SFPD also released a statement saying the department is grieving today after this senseless act of violence.
A candlelight vigil was held at San Ramon Elementary School at 45 San Ramon Way in Novato on Tuesday evening to remember Etcheber. The police officers’ union set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help support the family.
Etcheber, who did not have her cellphone and ID with her at the time of the massacre, was unaccounted for through Monday afternoon.
As of Tuesday, 59 people were killed in the shooting. More than 500 people were injured, including a student at Sonoma State University.