A Maple Valley woman is dead after being caught in the middle of a shooting that resulted in a fiery crash early Thursday morning as she rode in a taxi on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Clark County, Nev., coroner's office identified the woman as 48-year-old Sandi Wasmund-Sutton and has ruled her death a homicide.
Wasmund-Sutton was in Las Vegas for a trade show with her partner in a dress shop called The Dazzled Dame, according to a report in the Seattle PI.
According to the Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce web site, Wasmund-Sutton was an active member of the community and co-owned All Service Plumbing with her Husband, Jimmy Wasmund.
At the time of her death, she worked for the chamber as the Marketing Rep. for membership and directory ad sales.
After learning of the accident, Chamber executive director Sue VanRuff released this statement:
"On behalf of the entire board of directors, I want to express our sincerest sympathy to the entire Wasmund and Sutton family. Words cannot express our loss and grief. Sandi exemplified the heart and soul of our community and this organization. She was much loved; we are so grateful to her family for sharing her with all of us."
Dozens of messages of condolence and well wishes have been posted to the shop’s Facebook page over the weekend from people across the country.
Wasmund-Sutton’s neighbor, Alma Laura, has set up a page to supply the grieving family with homemade meals.
“Words are not enough to convey my sympathies for this family, a mother of three is taken and one is never prepared for the lost of a love one,” Laura wrote in a blog.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has identified the shooting suspect as 26-year-old Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, who remains at large.
Aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry and cab driver Michael Boldon also died in the Thursday incident, according to a report from CNN.