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Riverside’s Angela Gomez, slain in Las Vegas mass shooting: ‘Please … remember who she was’

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Richard DeAtley

Hundreds of friends and family came together Wednesday night to remember with tears but also laughter 20-year-old Riverside City College nursing student Angela Gomez , who graduated from Riverside’s Poly High School in 2015 and was killed in Sunday’s Las Vegas mass shooting.

The group nearly filled the 1,200-seat-capacity Landis Auditorium on the RCC campus to listen as family members — Angela’s two brothers and two sisters, her parents Steve and Julie, spoke of their daughter and sister — Angie — the youngest in the family.

Many wore purple as a memorial to the young woman.

Steve Gomez thanked all those who came “to celebrate our angel.”

“I’m trying to keep my composure, but it’s kind of tough when you lose your baby. I’ll never forget that phone call we got Sunday night. It changed our world … and we are still trying to grasp how to change it back,” he told the gathering.

  • Angela “Angie” Gomez’s aunt looks back at a photo of her while she speaks during the memorial for Gomez, a 20-year-old Riverside City College student who was one of the 58 killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. The memorial was held in Landis Auditorium at Riverside City College Wednesday, Oct. 4. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Angela “Angie” Gomez's father, Steve Gomez, fights back tears as he speaks about his daughter, who was one of the 58 killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, at Riverside City College Wednesday. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Angela “Angie” Gomez’s father, Steve Gomez, fights back tears as he speaks about his daughter, who was one of the 58 killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, at Riverside City College Wednesday. (Photo […]    

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