Published October 5, 2017
LAS VEGAS — It is likely to be a long recovery for Lummi Tribal Member Melinda Brockie. Brockie, 31, was a victim in the Sunday night tragic shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Brockie and her husband, Lummi Council Member Travis Brockie attended the concert along with family members Joseph and Lana Johnson. Brockie was shot on the right side of her face and the bullet exited through her left cheek.
A Brockie family statement says she is recovering following the emergency surgery. It also states the family is very grateful for so many prayers and thankful to the first responders, the surgeons and the nurses.
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The family also said a first responder who was attending the concert saved Melinda’s life by taking action to save her while other paramedics worked on nearby victims. “He was an angel to my wife and his act of duty shouldn’t go unnoticed. I don’t know if we will ever meet again but I appreciate all that you did,” said her husband.
The family also expressed gratitude to Allegiant Air which offered free flights to family members of shooting victims and to Station Casinos which donated hotel rooms for Brockie family members.
“This tragedy was beyond belief, but the courage that so many people demonstrated while under fire was incredible,” said Terri Parr, Executive Director of ATNI. “The Brockies were among many people, including tribal members from across the country, visiting Las Vegas for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). While we are deeply saddened to learn that Melinda was a victim, we are thankful to know that she will survive her injuries,” she added.
Melinda is a 2016 graduate of from Western Washington University in 2016 who has been pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington.
The mass shooting has killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500.