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    The family and community of a Massachusetts woman killed in Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas is mourning her death.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017)

    The family and community of a Massachusetts woman killed in Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas is mourning her death.

    Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury, was among the dozens killed in the gunfire that broke out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. 

    LeRocque had traveled to Las Vegas with her husband Jason and their 6-year-old daughter to attend the country music festival. Her husband was not injured, and the child had left the concert with her grandfather shortly before the shooting. 

    "Jason was right next to her when she fell, he thought she was ducking, he thought she was ducking, but she didn't get up," LeRocque's mother, Priscilla Champagne, told NBC Boston.

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    [NECN] 'Lost a Gem': Tewksbury, Massachusetts Resident Among Those Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

    A 42-year-old Tewksbury, Massachusetts woman was among those killed in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas. Rhonda LeRocque was among the victims of the shooting, and her mother, Priscilla Champagne, of Lowell, said "we've lost a gem."

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017)

    GoFundMe page has been set up by LeRocque's aunt, Gloria Murdock, to help pay for her family's expenses related to her death.

    LeRocque was active at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Wilmington. 

    "I pray for Jason, and his family, for them to rally around each other they will have support from the congregation here," said Gary Nelson, an elder in the church community.    

    LeRocque's neighbor Maria Mendonca says she is still in shock. 

    "It's a sad world," Mendonca said. 

    Tewksbury Town Administrator Mark Kratman says the entire town is rocked by the senseless tragedy. 

    "We will do whatever we need to do to gather around this family to help them in this time of need," said Kratman. 

    At least 59 people were slain in Sunday's mass shooting, which also left more than 520 others injured. Investigators say the gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, died from a self-inflicted gunshot in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.

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