Vermont native Sandy Casey, a special education teacher, was among the victims in Sunday’s mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Casey, 35, grew up in Dorset and lived in Redondo Beach, California, according to a statement provided by her family.
Casey was engaged to be married and was attending the concert with her fiancé and a friend. Her family learned early Monday morning that she died on the scene of the shooting.
“Her parents ask for prayers and privacy for her sisters, coworkers, students and large extended family,” Casey’s family said in a statement shared by her mother’s cousin, Linda O’Leary.
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Casey attended and played basketball at Burr and Burton Academy, said Dorset Town Clerk Sandra Pinsonault. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, her family said.
Pinsonault described Casey as a “fun-loving free spirit” who was always smiling.
“The community is definitely feeling the loss today,” Pinsonault said.
For the last nine years, Casey worked as a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School in Manhattan Beach, California.
The school district announced Casey’s death in a statement Monday.
“We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students,” Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Michael Matthews said in the statement.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., expressed grief over Casey’s death in statements posted on Twitter.
“Jane and I are deeply saddened to hear that Vermonter Sandy Casey was among the victims in Vegas,” Sanders said. “Our hearts are with her friends & family.”
Jane and I are deeply saddened to hear that Vermonter Sandy Casey was among the victims in Vegas. Our hearts are with her friends & family. https://t.co/igPQZGqn5Q
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 2, 2017
“Our prayers are with her and her family,” Leahy said.
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