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Las Vegas shooting victim: Laura Shipp, Las Vegas

Updated October 4, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Laura Shipp, 50, of Las Vegas, got separated from her son, who is described as the “light of her life,” when the shooting began at Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Her son, 23-year-old Corey Shipp, a Marine Reservist, spent Sunday night and the early Monday morning hours trying to find her.

Laura Shipp is one of 58 people killed in the attack.

“She was a single mother from the day he was born,” said Steve Shipp, her brother, who confirmed her death Wednesday afternoon. “The two of them just had each other. They were very close.”

Laura’s boyfriend, who was at the concert with them but got separated, also spent hours afterward trying to locate her.

Steve Shipp, who drove into Las Vegas from California, said his top priority is supporting his nephew and his family through the days ahead.

Laura was originally from Thousand Oaks, California, worked at Sierra Air Conditioning as a dispatcher, and loved the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“She was a very happy person,” Steve Shipp said. “She was well liked by lots and lots of people, and was pretty easy to get along with.”

Contact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

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