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Las Vegas shooting victim: Austin Meyer, Reno, Nevada

Updated October 7, 2017 - 1:15 am

The future appeared bright for Austin Meyer.

The Reno man was engaged, enrolled in college and had dreams of one day opening his own business.

That was all cut short Sunday.

A sniper shot and killed Meyer while he was in Las Vegas celebrating his 24th birthday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, a spokeswoman for Truckee Meadows Community College confirmed Thursday.

Facebook photos show Meyer had bright blue eyes and short blond hair. In an interview with a California TV station, his sister Veronica described him as “ambitious, smart and hard working.”

“Austin was a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face, was (witty) and was always making people laugh. He was passionate about cars, loved sports, basketball in particular, and his favorite team (was) the Boston Celtics,” Veronica told KSBW-TV.

Meyer recently moved from the Monterey Peninsula to Reno and enrolled in the college’s two-year transportation technologies program,KSBW reported. His fiancee, Dana Getreu, is a student at the nearby University of Nevada, Reno.

“He had dreams of opening his own auto repair shop after graduation. He was excited to get married and start a family,” Veronica Meyertold KSBW.

Getreu’s father declined a phone interview with the Review-Journal on Thursday. Meyer’s immediately family could not be reached.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477- 3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter.


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