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Cheney woman killed Las Vegas concert shooting

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A woman from Cheney is among the 59 people killed at a concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Officials with the Manhattan Beach Police Department say Rachael Parker, 33, was killed Sunday night. Parker grew up in Cheney and graduated from Cheney High School in 2002 before moving to Long Beach where she served as a Manhattan Beach Police Department employee.

The Long Beach Post reports Parker had been in Las Vegas helping a friend celebrate her birthday. 

According to the police department, Parker was a records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department, where she had worked as a civilian officer for 10 years. She was known as the "matron" of the department. "In many ways, she was the face of this department at our front desk, the first person people would see," said Captain Tim Hageman with the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Parker's mother sent KHQ a picture of Parker smiling with her two dogs saying, "This is my daughter in a happier time with her fur kids. She rescued them. She was always saving something."

Dozens died, including Sandy Casey, who was a California special education teacher. Sonny Melton was a registered nurse from Tennessee and died protecting his wife. 20-year-old Quinton Robbins from Nevada was on a date with his girlfriend when she thought something went wrong with his diabetes, only to find a bullet had torn through his body.

Police in Las Vegas continue to investigate the deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others. The mass shooting, which began as singer Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, is being called the worst in United States history.

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