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Former North Slope resident killed in Las Vegas shooting

October 6th 12:20 pm | Shady Grove Oliver Print this article   Email this article  

A former North Slope Borough resident has been confirmed as one of the victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Dorene Anderson was at the outdoor country music festival with her husband, John, and their daughters when a gunman fired into the crowd near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 59 people and wounding more than 500.

"Dorene Anderson was a saint of a person," wrote family friend D.J. Fauske in a Facebook post that included a post by one of her daughters confirming her death. "She was caring, with a heart of gold, not to mention one of the best cooks I've ever known. I've watched her daughters grow up to become amazing women and I know they will continue their mom's lasting legacy."

Community members from across the Arctic, from the Northwest to the North Slope, commented on the posts, sending condolences, fond memories and words of support to the surviving family members.

Anderson and her family were most recently living in Anchorage, where she was a self-described "stay-at-home wife and mother." She was also the treasurer of the Alaska Aces' cowbell crew. A fellow member posted to the group's page about her death, saying she was a "wonderful, generous person who was a friend to many."

Just a few days before the concert, Anderson shared pictures of Vegas palm trees and blue skies.

"This was just a beautiful family enjoying the music they loved in a place John was born and raised," Fauske wrote. "Please pray for all the victims along with the Andersons, as they try and heal from this horrible tragedy."


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