Vermont Native Dies in Las Vegas Shooting; Family Releases Statement

Local 22 & Local 44 News - According to ABC News 7, middle school teacher, Sandy Casey was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Casey's Facebook page says she was from Dorset, Vermont. 

Sandy Casey taught at Manhattan Beach Middle School in California for the past nine years.

"She's absolutely loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, her commitment to continue her own learning and taking on whatever new projects came her way. She's made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years. Her loss will be deeply felt at MBMS and throughout the entire Manhattan Beach community," MBUSD Superintendent Mike Matthews said Monday morning.”

According to a Facebook Post from St. Joseph’s College alumni Casey was a 2004 alum.

A statement was released by a cousin of Sandy Casey on behalf of the family the reads, "The family of Sandra Casey was informed early this morning that Sandy died at the scene of the Las Vegas shooting while attending a concert with her fiancé and a friend. Sandy was a 35 year old teacher at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and a resident of Redondo Beach, CA. Sandy grew up in Dorset and received her Bachelors degree from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland and her Master's degree from Assumption College in MA.  Her parents ask for prayers and privacy for her sisters, co-workers, students, and large extended family. Efforts are underway to raise funds to establish a scholarship in Sandy's name.
Thank you,
Linda O'Leary

She was also a graduate of Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. 

The ​ ​ Burr ​ ​ and ​ ​ Burton ​ ​ Academy ​ ​ community ​ ​ was ​ ​ devastated ​ ​ to ​ ​ learn ​ ​ that ​ ​ Sandy ​ ​ Casey, ​ ​ class ​ ​ of 2000, ​ ​ was ​ ​ one ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ victims ​ ​ in ​ ​ the ​ ​ mass-shooting ​ ​ at ​ ​ the ​ ​ Mandalay ​ ​ Bay ​ ​ Resort ​ ​ and ​ ​ Casino ​ ​ in Las ​ ​ Vegas. ​ ​​ ​ Our ​ ​ hearts ​ ​ go ​ ​ out ​ ​ to ​ ​ Theresa ​ ​ and ​ ​ Steven ​ ​ Casey ​ ​ and ​ ​ the ​ ​ entire ​ ​ Casey ​ ​ family ​ ​ as they ​ ​ face ​ ​ the ​ ​ tragic ​ ​ loss ​ ​ of ​ ​ their ​ ​ daughter ​ ​ and ​ ​ sister. ​ ​ Sandy ​ ​ was ​ ​ an ​ ​ active ​ ​ member ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ class of ​ ​ 2000; ​ ​ she ​ ​ was ​ ​ a ​ ​ four-year ​ ​ basketball ​ ​ player, ​ ​ a ​ ​ dancer ​ ​ and ​ ​ a ​ ​ friend ​ ​ to ​ ​ many. ​ ​ Her ​ ​ spirit ​ ​ and positive ​ ​ energy ​ ​ are ​ ​ remembered ​ ​ by ​ ​ teachers, ​ ​ coaches ​ ​ and ​ ​ staff ​ ​ members. This ​ ​ morning, ​ ​ at ​ ​ our ​ ​ weekly ​ ​ all-school ​ ​ assembly, ​ ​ we ​ ​ honored ​ ​ and ​ ​ remembered ​ ​ Sandy ​ ​ and ​ ​ all the ​ ​ victims ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ mass ​ ​ shooting ​ ​ with ​ ​ a ​ ​ moment ​ ​ of ​ ​ silence. ​ ​​ ​ Our ​ ​ students ​ ​ see ​ ​ violent ​ ​ images and ​ ​ tragedy ​ ​ in ​ ​ the ​ ​ media ​ ​ almost ​ ​ daily. ​ ​ Today’s ​ ​ terrible ​ ​ events ​ ​ touch ​ ​ the ​ ​ BBA ​ ​ community ​ ​ in ​ ​ a personal ​ ​ way. ​ ​ They ​ ​ compel ​ ​ us ​ ​ to ​ ​ sharpen ​ ​ our ​ ​ efforts ​ ​ toward ​ ​ providing ​ ​ our ​ ​ students ​ ​ with ​ ​ the intellectual ​ ​ tools, ​ ​ compassion ​ ​ and ​ ​ commitment ​ ​ necessary ​ ​ for ​ ​ being ​ ​ leaders ​ ​ and ​ ​ citizens ​ ​ in ​ ​ our complex ​ ​ world.

 

This is a developing story, we will post updates as soon as we have them.


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