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59th Victim of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Dies

Kim Gervais died a little more than 2 years after the nation's worst mass shooting
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2019 5:55 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2019 6:47 AM CST
In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Paddock fired on a nearby music festival, killing dozens and injuring...   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

(Newser) – The nation's worst mass shooting has claimed another victim. The Press-Enterprise reports that Kimberly Gervais, 57—who was shot and suffered spinal injuries after the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, losing all feeling in her legs and most of the use of her arms—died Friday in California, per a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department release. Gervais, who was said to have been at a nursing facility in Redlands, was brought to Redlands Community Hospital and died just before 5pm. Gervais was attending the Route 91 Harvest festival with two friends on Oct. 1, 2017, when gunfire rang out, injuring her and killing one of her friends, Pati Mestas.

Dena Sarvela, who tells KPTV she's Gervais' sister, says the past two years have been tough physically and mentally for Gervais and that "she lost her zest for life," though Sarvela says she's grateful she got some extra time with her sister and glad Sarvela got to see the birth of her grandchild. "She was ready to retire," Sarvela says. "[We] spoke the night before she went to the concert. She was going to sell the business ... to just go abroad and enjoy life, like she should have, and it was snatched from her." Sarvela says she and her brother will take Gervais' ashes on a cross-country road trip, as they all used to travel across the US when they were kids. An autopsy is planned to find out the cause of death, per the San Bernardino County coroner. (Read more Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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