- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A California woman who was severely injured in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting died Friday, possibly making her the 59th victim of the attack depending on the final autopsy report.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner Department said Monday 57-year-old Kimberly Gervais died in a Redlands, California, nursing facility after being one of the more than 500 people injured on Oct. 1, 2017 when Stephen Paddock open fired from a hotel room into the Route 9 Harvest Music Festival.

Gervais — who suffered spinal injuries that left her paralyzed — will undergo an autopsy to determine whether her death was linked to the injuries she sustained during the mass shooting.

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If the autopsy reaches that conclusion, Gervais will become the 59th victim of the Las Vegas shooting and will push the attack further into the lead as the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

Dena Sarvela, Gervais‘ sister, told KPTV that her sister went with two friends to the music festival — one friend was killed in the shooting. Gervais had also discussed selling her business and retiring with Ms. Sarvela the day before the attack.

“She worked her life, and butt off for — just to go enjoy, you know, and she doesn’t get that, she doesn’t get that chance,” she said. “She’ll never leave my heart, ever.”

Ms. Sarvela explained Gervais had “scrap metal still in her because [Paddock] used exploding bullets,” which caused her pain.

She added what comforts her about her sister’s death is Gervais‘ potential reunification with her late husband, who died in 2000.

“I also know she was missing her husband very, very much, and that’s what gives me hope — that she’s with him right now,” Ms. Sarvela said.


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