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Community remembers Las Vegas shooting victim at memorial

Emily Jaceks
October 12, 2017 06:16 PM

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. -- The community came together to say their goodbyes Thursday to Lisa Romero-Muniz, the New Mexico woman killed in the Las Vegas massacre earlier this month.

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Romero-Muniz was well known in the community for the position she held at Miyamura High School, but also for the lives she changed by holding that role. Those who attended the memorial at Red Rock Park described her in the same way — as a loving friend, a sincere mentor, and a kind colleague.

Students and staff say they’re missing Romero-Muniz's welcoming smile.

"You felt the love there. You had no doubt there was love there," said Phillip Montgomery, who attended the memorial. "She told me, 'You were always going to be somebody. I know you are.' She had a lot of love for all the students, you know?"

Romero-Muniz and with 57 others lost their lives Oct. 1 when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was with her husband, Chris, vacationing in her favorite spot and listening to her favorite artist.

But that trip ended in tragedy and heartbreak for the Muniz family and many others. They are now mourning the loss of their rock, confidant and friend.

"You could be so down, and she would just smile and everything would be all better," said Marcie Gonzales, who worked with Romeo-Muniz. "She didn’t have to say anything and she would just have to look at you and smile."

Now the community is trying to come to terms with the sudden loss, and figure out how to move forward.

Romero-Muniz leaves behind a husband, four kids, four grandkids, and many other students who say she was the only mother they ever knew. As students and staff mourn the loss of this warm personality and inspiration to others, her husband said she’ll never be forgotten. 

"If you want to honor Miss Lisa’s legacy, move forward, stay out of trouble, and graduate," Chris Muniz said. "Follow your dreams, achieve our goals and she will love you always. 

The family said they have planned a private memorial for later this week. They’ve also set up a GoFundMe account.

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