TMCC Student Among Those Dead in Las Vegas Shooting

FROM TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“It is heartbreaking to report that our TMCC student Austin Meyer was shot and killed in the horrific Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas. There may be others connected to TMCC also injured and affected by the incident and additional updates may follow. TMCC president Karin Hilgersom is deeply saddened by this loss, and knows that the campus community shares this grief.”

“TMCC’s students, faculty and staff wish to extend our most sincere condolences to Austin’s family and friends, and send our thoughts and well wishes to Dana.”

Counselors will visit classes at the William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center to offer grief support. The TMCC Counseling Center in Red Mountain Building, room 325 is also ready and available to assist students and staff members.

Meyer was an automotive student in the middle of the Transportation Technologies Program. According to KSBW.com, Austin and his fiancée, University of Nevada student Dana Getreu, attended the music festival in Las Vegas to celebrate his 24th birthday.

Gary Getreu released the following statement to TMCC regarding his would-be son-in-law:

“He was a wonderful young man and my future son-in-law. He loved attending the automotive program at your school and praised it all the time. I wanted to give you a heads up. The loss and grief his family and mine feel at this time is beyond belief.”

TMCC officials plan to announce Friday how members of the community may donate money for Meyer’s family.

Several dozen people were killed and hundreds of others injured when gunman Stephen Paddock of Mesquite fired shots from 32nd story windows at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities said Paddock then killed himself.

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