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Excalibur, Conn. victims honored in balloon launch

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Along with releasing 26 green and white balloons for the victims in Connecticut, staff members at the Royal Resort sent up a single red balloon for 30-year-old Jessica Kenny, a Vegas.com employee who also lost her life too soon.

"I just know that she is a magnificent person and from what I've been told she would have done anything for any guest that came into our city," said Bobby Townsend, director of special events at Royal Resort Las Vegas.

Police said Kenny was shot multiple times by 31-year-old Edward Brandt on Friday night at the Vegas.com concierge desk inside the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

According to investigators, Brandt turned the gun on himself while Kenny was rushed to University Medical Center where she later died.

Detectives said Kenny and Brandt used to date.

Kenny's friend Elyse Janel released the following statement to FOX5:

"She was one of my best friends. It really was a privilege to know her. I can speak for everyone that knows her really and say that she was amazing, GREAT sense of humor, genuine, strong, would light up any room with her fantastic personality and just a loving woman. She will be missed by so many people.

"I heard of this (Friday) night was while I was working at Planet Hollywood. My mother works at the Excalibur and saw Jess earlier in the day. My mom heard the shots fired and immediately texted me to tell me, also to see if Jessica was working or if she was OK. I called/text/messaged her a bunch of times. I called her mom to inform her what was happening and she started calling around, only to find out shortly after her daughter was the female victim taken to UMC. The person who shot her was someone she knew. No warning signs, no reason to suspect or even worry really. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragic event."

"The commitment is made, he's there to do what he's going to do. By the time security can react or police can react, the damage is done," said Randy Sutton, a retired officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Sutton responded to another casino shooting at the New York New York casino in 2007.

That suspect was tackled to the ground by good Samaritans.

"When he was reloading there were some service members and off-duty cops there," Sutton said.

But Sutton said Friday's incident at the Excalibur was much different since police said Brandt only intended to kill Kenny and himself.

Still, Sutton said keeping guns out of casinos is difficult.

"There is absolutely no way to screen people who are coming into these hotels in any way physically," Sutton said.

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