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Taft woman was killed in Vegas mass shooting

Kelsey Meadows, of Taft, Calif., is seen in a photo provided by Taft Union High School District. Her family announced via Facebook on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, that Meadows was killed in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

A fourth local person has died from the mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Kelsey Meadows, 27, of Taft, "did not survive this tragic event," her brother Brad Meadows posted Tuesday morning on Facebook.

"... it is with an absolutely shattered heart" that the family shared the news, Brad Meadows wrote.

Another Kern County woman, 20-year-old Bailey Schweitzer, was killed. Two men from the area, Jack Beaton and Victor Link, were also killed.


Around 60 people were killed when a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

More than 500 were injured, including more than 10 people from Kern County.

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Taft Union High School District said Meadows graduated in 2007 and later became a substitute teacher there.

TUHS Principal Mary Alice Finn released the following statement:

“Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children. Words cannot adequately capture the sorrow felt by her students, colleagues and friends in learning of her passing."


The high school's Campus Life Club will host a candlelight vigil to honor Meadows and other victims at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the front steps of the school's main building.

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