Family members providing emotional boost for Lummi shooting victim

Melinda Brockie
Melinda Brockie GoFundMe

As more family arrive in Las Vegas to support her, Melinda Brockie continues to improve.

Brockie, a Lummi Nation tribal member, was among the more than 500 people injured by a gunman during a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night. Brockie was shot in the right cheek, shattering her jaw, said Lona Johnson.

Johnson was also at the concert and is a member of the Nooksack Tribe. The shooting killed at least 59 people and is considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“Having her family here has helped,” Johnson said. “Just last night (Monday night) when people were here she was more responsive.”

Johnson said more than 30 family members had flown in on Monday and more were driving to see Brockie, 31, who remains in a Las Vegas hospital.

Financial support has also been coming in, both from the general public and other Pacific Northwest tribes. According to Johnson, examples include the Samish Tribe which has donated $1,000, while the chairman from the Yakama Nation donated airplane miles to purchase flights for family. Allegiant Air has also coordinated free flights and through a partner secured hotel rooms.

Greg Bosworth, from Bowen Island, B.C., greets his daughter at Bellingham International Airport after she and two friends returned from the Las Vegas concert that ended with 58 dead and hundreds wounded.

As of Tuesday afternoon a GoFundMe campaign for Brockie has raised more than $15,000, with the average donation under $50.

Brockie and her husband, Travis, are country music fans and the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival is one of the most popular, with more than 22,000 people attending at the time of the shooting. In a Facebook post on Monday, Travis Brockie 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.

Even with the family support, Johnson said they are expecting a long road to recovery that will include speech therapy.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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