Anchorage events to remember Alaskans slain in Las Vegas
A series of Anchorage events in coming days will honor the two Alaskans killed in last weekend’s Las Vegas mass shooting and benefit their loved ones, as another resident of the Last Frontier continues to recover from his wounds in the attack.
A candlelight vigil to remember all 58 victims of Sunday night's shooting at a country music festival, which left more than 500 others wounded, was set for 7 p.m. Thursday on the Delaney Park Strip according to the Anchorage Scanner Joe Facebook page.
The Moose’s Tooth pizzeria said on Facebook that it is donating part of the proceeds from all pizza sales Friday to the family of Dorene Anderson, slain Sunday night before alleged shooter Stephen Paddock took his own life. Anderson’s daughter works at the Midtown restaurant.
“It pains us that something so far away could hit so close to home,” Moose’s Tooth staff wrote.
Moose’s Tooth staff declined further comment Thursday, out of respect for the family.
BB's Coffee Shop will also donate 20 percent of its proceeds and all tips received by baristas Friday to Anderson's family. Organizers said on Facebook that Anderson, a regular customer at the shop, was "very friendly, caring, and warm."
On Tuesday, the Bread & Brew restaurant at 1450 E. Tudor Rd. will host a fundraiser for the families of Anderson and Adrian Murfitt, who was also killed during the shooting. The restaurant is accepting donations until Saturday for a silent auction during the event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Later Tuesday, a candlelight vigil for Anderson will be held by the Alaska Aces Fans Facebook group in the Sullivan Arena parking lot from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Organizers asked people to wear Aces attire or bring a cowbell to honor Anderson, a member of the former Anchorage hockey team’s Cowbell Crew.
In a Thursday Facebook post, North Pole man Bob McIntosh – who was shot several times Sunday but survived – thanked people for their support, as he planned to remain in Las Vegas with family to recuperate “for the next few weeks.”
George Brandenburg, Daniella Rivera and Gina Romero contributed information to this story.
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