Cherish Pincombe (Courtesy of Cherish Pincombe's family)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Friends and family are reeling following the shooting death of 23-year-old Cherish Pincombe on Tuesday.
Police said Pincombe was shot in the head by Colin Lowrey, who said he didn't realize his Remington .45 was loaded.
Pincombe was a manager at Bogart's Bone Appetit, a dog bakery in Las Vegas, for more than a year. The owners were told of Pincombe's death by her parents on Tuesday. That same day, they broke the news to her co-workers.
"She just told me that Cherish was dead and that she was no longer with us, and I was in shock. I thought she was joking, and I was like this isn't a funny joke," employee Alex Rivera said.
Rivera described Pincombe as an amazing co-worker.
"She was so caring. She was kind. She was always helpful. She always wanted to do something to help you out. She was very generous," she said.
Rivera moved to Las Vegas from Texas about four months ago. She said the first person to make her feel at home was Pincombe.
"She took me out to dinner a couple of times. I've met her parents. I've met her animals," she said.
News of the deadly shooting even hit the bakery's customers hard.
"She was one of those people who brought a lot of life here. It's just so devastating," owner Harold Vosko said. "We just feel horrible for her family. We know how bad we feel. We can't imagine how bad they feel."
Lowrey told police he believes Pincombe loaded his gun while he was in the bathroom Tuesday morning and asked him to point it at her head. He claimed he forgot to make sure it wasn't loaded before pulling the trigger.
"I don't believe what he says at all. There was no way she would have taken her own life. She seemed so happy," Rivera said.
"We have to get through this. Cherish wouldn't want us to close, you know, to stop living. She would want us to go on," Vosko said.
Pincombe's family was too upset to speak on camera, but said she lived every day to the fullest and will be greatly missed.
Pincombe's father said he hopes to see Lowrey prosecuted to the fullest.
Lowrey was charged with open murder. The district attorney will determine if he will be charged with murder or manslaughter.
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