A Lummi Nation tribal member was among those injured in Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas.
Melinda Brockie was shot during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay resort. The mass shooting has killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500.
Brockie is the wife of Lummi Indian Business Council member Travis Brockie.
According to a statement from the family, Melinda Brockie is recovering after emergency surgery. Her husband was at the hospital on Monday and other family members are heading to Las Vegas.
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“Her family is grateful for your prayers and is thankful to the first responders, the surgeons and the nurses. Recovery is expected to be long,” said the statement.
According to her LinkedIn account, Brockie graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human services, and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington.
Freddie Lane of Lummi Nation shared a Facebook post from Travis Brockie, who said a first responder saved Melinda’s life – the first responder was a concert-goer who took action while other paramedics worked on nearby victims.
“He was an angel to my wife and his act of duty shouldn’t go unnoticed. I don’t know if we will ever meet again but I appreciate all that you did,” Travis Brockie wrote in the Facebook post.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for travel expenses of family members who are flying to Las Vegas to be with Melinda Brockie. Family members traveling to Vegas include her two sons.
On Monday Allegiant Air announced it was offering free flights to family members of the shooting victims – six family members of Melinda Brockie were offered flights by Allegiant. Also, Station Casinos donated hotel rooms for Brockie family members to stay, said Krysta Levy, a spokeswoman for Allegiant.
“This is our hometown and we want to reach out in any way possible to help family members,” Levy said.