CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A Cedar Park woman and recent Texas Tech graduate was one of the hundreds injured in the Las Vegas shooting.
Friends and family members of Danae Gibbs, 23, were posting on social media Monday morning that she just got out of surgery and was resting. In a Facebook post around 9 a.m., Gibbs’ father posted, “She’s an amazing daughter. Your prayers have been felt,” along with a family photograph.
A GoFundMe page that was started to help with her family’s medical costs describes Gibbs as some who loves country music and concerts. KXAN’s sister station in Lubbock spoke to the victim’s friend who says Gibbs just graduated from Texas Tech and is currently working at a bakery in Cedar Park.
Gibbs grew up at Riverbend Church in Austin and worked 20 hours a week in the children’s ministry.
“It’s hard, this one is really personal,” said Riverbend Church pastor Todd Mears. “This one hits close to home. We’ve seen Danae grow up here at Riverbend.”
Mears received the news via an early morning text from Gibbs’ mother. She said her daughter was in the hospital with two gunshot wounds; one in the abdomen, one around the groin.
The pastors at Riverbend helped her family travel to Vegas to see her. Now, they have them in their prayers.
“She’s not exactly an introvert. She’s very confident and fun and I think her heart is made evident in her love for children,” said David Haney, the senior pastor at Riverbend Church.
“You send people off that you love and you just hope everything is going to be ok and you know things can change,” said Sunnie Fox, owner of Eileen’s Colossal Cookies in Cedar Park. Danae worked there on holidays from school.
“You see it on the news and you see that is does happen, but when you’re faced with it directly, I just can’t believe it. I can’t believe that it happened to her,” said Fox.
Her church and work family expect a long road to recovery but they intend to support her in the weeks and months ahead.