New York Life Greater Pasadena Area Employee Reportedly Killed in Las Vegas Shooting Tragedy

Published : Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 2:17 PM

Michelle Vo, 32, who worked as a licensed agent for New York Life Insurance Company Greater Pasadena Area office, was reportedly among those who died in the tragic shooting.

At least two people from the Pasadena area were reportedly present during the tragedy Sunday night in Las Vegas that killed 59 and injured 527 more, Pasadena Now has learned.

Sadly, one was killed. The other, a Pasadena lawyer, survived, physically uninjured.

Michelle Vo, 32, who worked as a licensed agent for New York Life Insurance Company Greater Pasadena Area office, was confirmed as among those who died from the tragic shooting.

A 2003 graduate of Independence High School in San Jose and later, University of California Davis, Vo was reported to have been shot twice in the chest, according to a Facebook user who is friends with the victim’s sister.

Online magazine NextShark said Kody Robertson, a concertgoer who had met Vo that night, was right next to her when the shots rang out. The 32-year-old salesman from Hilliard initially thought the shooting was fireworks, but as people started scrambling, he saw Vo fall.

“She just went down,” Robertson told the Columbus Dispatch while waiting in the hospital to hear about Vo’s condition.

Robertson also related how he and others carried Vo away then performed CPR on her. She was soon loaded up on a pickup truck along with other victims to be taken to the hospital. It was the last time Robertson would see Vo.

Pasadena lawyer Brian Claypool, who heads Claypool Law Firm as its owner and managing general partner, was interviewed on ABC and told about the horrifying experience of watching people panicking and falling as the shooter sprayed bullets at the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

“It was pretty eerie because Jason [Aldean] kind of hesitated in his song and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, he’s pretty worried about something’ and then all of a sudden we heard the shots and then I saw him drop his guitar,” Claypool told ABC.

Claypool said he had originally planned to leave Las Vegas on an earlier flight Sunday evening and skip the last night of the festival. But he said he changed his mind because his view from the 24th floor of the hotel was “so beautiful” that he decided to stay one more night.

“I was going to leave and take a 7:50 flight back to L.A.,” he told ABC. “What’s so surreal about this is, I’m on the 24th floor of the Mandalay Bay. I have the exact view of this lunatic that killed everybody, and I was looking out that window and I said to myself, ‘This looks so beautiful. It’s such a beautiful setting that I’m going to stay an extra night and not go back.’ And then I go, and people are massacred. Because of that same view that I saw.”

Claypool said he was able to make it out without physical harm, but that the images of the terrifying scene will stay with him forever.

Following news of the horrific massacre, California Gov. Jerry Brown said capitol flags would be flown at half-staff in recognition of the victims and their families.

“Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in last night’s tragic and senseless shooting and we stand with the people of Nevada in this difficult time,” Brown said.

Vo lived in the Eagle Rock neighborhood and was working at New York Life’s Glendale office. She held a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California, Davis, and received several awards during her career at New York Life.

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce released the following statement about her death:

“It is with great sadness that the staff and leadership of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce mourn the passing of Chamber member, Michelle Vo. Michelle Vo (New York Life Insurance Company) was a new member of the Chamber who sadly lost her life in the tragic shooting at Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend. Our hearts go out to Michelle’s friends and family, and to anyone else affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.”

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