A 22-year-old South Bay woman who was missing after Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas had been confirmed dead, her alma mater said in a statement on Tuesday.
Christiana Duarte had attended the 91 Harvest country music festival when authorities say Stephen Paddock began shooting from a room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
She is among the 59 people who were killed in the mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history. More than 500 others were injured.
“All of us in the University of Arizona community are saddened that Christiana Duarte, one of our graduates from this past May, is among the victims from Las Vegas Sunday night,” the university’s president, Robert C. Robbins, wrote in a statement.
“The attack is a terrible tragedy for hundreds of families, and it is a shocking and horrific event for us all. I know speak for the UA community in expressing our deepest condolences for Christiana’s family and in asking for their privacy to be respected,” the statement read.
Duarte’s family was desperately searching for the young woman, a Redondo Beach native, after there were no signs of her by Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“She went to the concert and as of right now is missing,” family friend Hayley Mullin told the Times.
Duarte had apparently lost her cellphone and ID prior to the shooting, further complicating the search for her, the newspaper reported. A friend who was with her at the concert was later found at a hospital in Las Vegas.
Duarte recently landed a job with the Los Angeles Kings, which posted about the then-missing woman on the team’s social media accounts.
A friend of Duarte’s also posted about her on Instagram, imploring people to reach out with information on her whereabouts.
Relatives went to various hospitals and police stations as they looked for Duarte, according to the Daily Breeze. There were initial reports that she was found in critical condition Monday afternoon, but that was later found to not be true.
Friends told the Daily Breeze they confirmed she was dead later that night.
In a GoFundMe page, the woman affectionately known as “Chrissy” was remembered as a “bright beautiful young woman, full of life and energy.”
Duarte is survived by her father, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Michael Duarte, her mother Barbara and her brother Michael Jr., according to the fundraising page, which described the slain young woman as a “wonderful daughter and sister.”
The GoFundMe account was set up to pay for her funeral expenses, and had received more than $60,000 in donations as of Wednesday morning.