RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Truckee Meadows Community College has confirmed one of its students, Austin Meyer, was shot and killed in the October 1 concert massacre in Las Vegas. The school says there may be others connected to TMCC also injured and affected by the incident.
TMCC president Karin Hilgersom, Ph.D. says she is "deeply saddened by this loss, and knows that the campus community shares this grief."
Counselors will visit classes at the William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center October 5 to offer grief support. The TMCC Counseling Center in Red Mountain Building, room 325 is also ready and available to assist students, Meyer’s friends, and staff members.
Meyer was an automotive student at TMCC, in the middle of the Transportation Technologies Program. According to KSBW.com, Austin and his fiancée Dana Getreu were attending the music festival in Las Vegas to celebrate his 24th birthday.
Getreu is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her father Gary offers these words about Meyer:
“He was a wonderful young man and my future son in law,” Gary Getreu writes. “He loved attending the automotive program at your school and praised it all the time. I wanted to give you a heads up. The loss and grief his family and mine feel at this time is beyond belief.”
TMCC will announce Friday, October 6 how members of the community may donate money for Meyer’s family.
In a statement, "TMCC’s students, faculty and staff wish to extend our most sincere condolences to Austin’s family and friends, and send our thoughts and well wishes to Dana."