The families of the victims in Thursday's horrific shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip are preparing to bury their loved ones.
Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Washington state was the passenger in the taxi cab driven by Michael Boldon. Both died after a Maserati struck the cab, causing it to burst into flames. The Maserati, driven by victim Ken Cherry Jr., had been fired on by the occupants of a black Range Rover. Police believe suspect Ammar Harris fired the shot that set the deadly chain of events in motion.
Boldon's family said they will hold his funeral at the Holy Trinity AME Church on Wednesday. The funeral is open to public.
Sutton-Wasmund's family is waiting for her remains to return to Washington. Her family issued this statement to FOX5:
"Sandi was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister. Her innocent and tragic loss will be felt by all of those who knew and loved her and by the community at large."
"It took me to my knees because I had been hearing the news reports of the horrible things that had been going down in Vegas," said Mindy Habernicht, a friend of Sutton-Wasmund. "I never in my wildest dreams (thought) Sandi was in that cab."
Sutton-Wasmund co-owned the business The Dazzled Dame. According to its Facebook page, she was in Las Vegas with her business partner for the Women's Wear trade show at the Rio Convention Center.
Sutton-Wasmund's co-worker, Sue VanRuff, said after a night out with friends she hopped in the cab at about 4 a.m. from the Rio to go back to her hotel on the Strip.
"It's just so hard because we loved her," VanRuff said.
"For me the loss is too great for me just to quantify at this particular time," said Michael Boldon's brother, Tehran Boldon. "A big part of me and my family has been taken."
The families are linked by an unspeakable tragedy with the focus now on those the victims left behind.
The family of Michael Boldon has set up a memorial fund at Wells Fargo bank. You may donate at any location.
As for Sutton-Wasmund, her brother said she leaves behind a husband and three children. She was also a two-time breast cancer survivor. Some of the donations in her name will be given to fight the disease.
Michael Boldon's family plans to bury him in Detroit next to his father, who died of cancer.
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