Waking up this morning, two days after the attack that has shaken Las Vegas to its core, the feelings are still totally raw; and as the identities of the victims continue to get released, it only gets more real. Twenty-year-old Bakersfield, California resident Bailey Schweitzer was one of the Vegas shooting victims out of 59, a number that may still be rising.
According to CNN affiliate KBAK and as reported on KTLA5, Schweitzer was attending the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas when she was shot and killed. A graduate of Centennial High School, Schweitzer was a young woman of many accomplishments — a cheerleader, volleyball player, member of the Valley Bible Fellowship Church, and a great help to her family's business, Bakersfield Speedway — where she would keep score on Saturday race nights, post on social media, and record videos of the races.
Family friend Matt Woessner told KBAK Bailey "had a heart for people," adding "the whole community has lost a great person in Bailey Schweitzer and she's going to be truly missed everywhere."
More recently, Schweitzer had worked as a receptionist for Infinity Communications and Consulting, a software company in Bakersfield.
According to the LA Times, Chief Executive Fred Brakeman said of her, "Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day."
He added, "No one could possibly have a bad day when Bailey was around. If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed." The company held a candlelight vigil in her honor Monday evening, during which Brakeman said, "There’s so much evil and anger and frustration and it seems it’s becoming even worse. She just happened to be on the receiving end of that evil."
"She was everything to us," said Amie Campbell, who had hired Schweitzer.
Katelynn Cleveland was a coworker and close friend. They'd talk almost every day; and when one didn't show up for work, the other would immediately call. "It’s the phone call I’ve been waiting for. For her to tell me she’s coming home," Cleveland said. They had last spoken just hours before the shooting happened.
A family friend spoke to KBAK Eyewitness News about how deeply Schweitzer will be missed.
Bailey Schweitzer was one on a list of nearly 60 people who lost their lives after the Las Vegas shooting tragedy. Police, EMTs, doctors, nurses and more have worked tirelessly to save the lives of the hundreds of people injured at the Route 91 concert, and many of these people have yet to be identified. Friends and family continue to look for their loved ones, turning to social media for information to help with their search. This disaster will never be forgotten, and Las Vegas is forever changed.
In the wake of this national tragedy, a Go Fund Me page has been set up for victims' medical bills and to help pay for the expenses of the families of the victims. People are also circulating articles about how to talk to your representatives to talk about gun control, providing information about where the representatives of each state stand on the issue, the phone numbers you can contact them on, and scripts that you can use when you call.
In the meantime, we must continue to shed light on what's happening in America, pay honor to the victims, donate as much as possible, and try to feel safe at home again — a task proving to be more difficult than we probably ever imagined.