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This article was published 11/10/2017 (252 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A public celebration of life is being organized for Tara Roe, a former Brandon resident who was killed in the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.
It will be held at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom, at 3550 Victoria Ave., on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. A time of reflection will be held at 2 p.m.
Roe’s mother, Brenda Smith, said that the family is preparing to host a large crowd, adding that her 34-year-old daughter made a number of lifelong friends during her first couple decades in Brandon before heading west to Alberta.
Although Roe ended up settling with her husband, Zach, and their two young children in Okotoks, Alta., the family continued heading out to Brandon for annual visits.
"Tara’s heart was here," neighbour Loretta Hamilton said last week.
As the family noted in a prepared statement given to media during the weekend, a great deal of goodness has come out of the tragic evil that was behind the Oct. 1 shooting, with friends and strangers alike offering their support during the difficult days that followed.
"We’ve certainly been overwhelmed," Smith said on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, okotoksonline.com reported that the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association had set up a fund that will go toward purchasing groceries at the Okotoks Sobeys to provide meals for Roe’s family, including husband Zach Roe and their two young children.
As of press time on Tuesday, the gofundme.com online fundraiser, "Expenses for Zach and the kids" had raised $158,117, far surpassing its goal of $100,000.
Grateful for these and countless other supportive actions that have taken place during the past several days, Smith said that she has also been thinking about what parents who lose children under less public circumstances might deal with.
"Their grief is as real and as hard as ours is," she said. "Maybe they deserve more support than what they get."
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