Husband of Tewksbury woman killed in Las Vegas shooting to issue statement

Family Of Tewksbury Woman Killed in Las Vegas Speaks

Family Of Tewksbury Woman Killed in Las Vegas Speaks

Jason LeRocque said in a statement read by a family member on Thursday that his 42-year-old wife, Rhonda, was among the first people struck by gunfire that came from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel on October 1.

"Thanks to the heroic efforts of a few individuals we could get her to the trauma center while still breathing", Jason LeRocque said in a statement Thursday.

Back at home, Tewksbury and Wilmington police, Nichols Funeral Home, the Tewksbury Country Club, Attorney General Maura Healey's Office, and both Rhonda and Jason's employers - IDEO and Merz Construction, provided help, LeRocque said.

The Tewksbury family was in Las Vegas to celebrate the LeRocques' 21 wedding anniversary.

"Rhonda and I had dropped Ali off to my father, returned to the festival, and shortly after that gunshots began", Ball said.

Rhonda LeRocque was among 58 people killed in the shooting, which also injured 489.

Each evening, Ali would eventually tire, and Rhonda and Jason would take her back to their hotel room and return to the show.

The statement described Rhonda LeRocque as a special daughter, sister and friend who will be missed by her family, as well as her spiritual family.

"People who had the privilege to know Rhonda would only describe her as the happiest, most caring, sweet, and self-sacrificing person you would ever know", read a statement from her husband.

The family said Rhonda and her husband took pride in helping disaster victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Jamaica.

"Words can not properly describe the loss we feel and the emptiness Rhonda's death leaves in all of us".

"The outpouring of support has been overwhelming to say the least", LeRocque said. A public memorial will be held Saturday at 10:30 the Tewksbury Memorial High School auditorium.

It will be preceded by a wake on Friday afternoon at the Nicholas Funeral Parlor in Wilmington.