University of Arizona alumna killed in Las Vegas concert shooting
PHOENIX — A University of Arizona alumna was killed by a gunman who opened fire at an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday, her friends said Tuesday.
Christiana Duarte, 21, was reported missing after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Her cellphone and identification were found on the festival grounds.
According to her Facebook page, Duarte graduated from the Tucson school in May. She was an intern for the Wildcats hockey team while majoring in business marketing.
“This attack is a terrible tragedy for hundreds of families and it is a shocking and horrific event for all of us,” University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins.
She also worked for a short time for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tucson Roadrunners, her LinkedIn profile said.
“Her wonderful personality and passion for her career will forever be remembered by her D-backs family,” D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a release.
“And to her immediate family, along with her friends and co-workers, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this horrific time.”
She had recently taken a job working for the Los Angeles Kings.
Duarte was a Torrance, California native.
Nearly 60 other people were killed when Stephen Paddock fired into the crowd from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, located across the Las Vegas Strip from the concert site.
More than 500 more were injured.
Investigators said Paddock had two “bump-stocks” that can be used to convert semi-automatic firearms to fully automatic.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said investigators told him fully automatic weapons had been found in the room.
At least one of the guns was purchased from an Arizona dealer.
Private citizens can only own fully automatic weapons through a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The applicant must pass a federal background check.
“I’d be surprised if he actually had a license to own one of those,” retired FBI agent Rich Frankel told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.
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