News broke last night that a Colorado Springs local, Christopher Roybal, is among those who won't be returning home from the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas this weekend. He was killed when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock
, holed up on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel with a stockpile of fully legal
, converted-to-automatic rifles, rained bullets down on the crowd gathered for a country rock concert on Sunday night.
According to multiple outlets including the Denver Post
, Roybal, who worked in the Springs but recently moved to Aurora, had prior war-zone experience, having served a tour in Afghanistan while in the Navy. To come home only to be murdered on domestic soil makes the 28-year-old's July 18 Facebook post poignant to the point of prescient.
A candlelight vigil was held in Acacia Park at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3 to commemorate Roybal and the other 50+ victims of the terrorist attack.
Mayor John Suthers put out a statement about Roybal's death. “Our hearts go out to Christopher’s family, friends and his co-workers at Crunch Fitness as well as the military community, as we grieve this loss," he said.
Other locals have piped up too, including the notorious firearms dealer known as Dragonman who sells weapons like the ones used by the now-dead gunman.
And lastly, Laurie Works, a local survivor of gun violence and trauma counselor-in-training, penned
this piece for Huffington Post
that outlines practical ways to support victims in the aftermath of mass shootings. Here's a snippet she wrote for victims' loved ones, survivors and everyone else grieving over the tragedy: "If you are feeling fragile and jumpy, it’s okay to get help. If you are feeling frozen or numb, it’s okay to get help. Tell close family and friends what is going on. Ask for support. Find a good therapist. The better support you have, the more likely you will be to emotionally recover."