Celebration of life to be held for San Diego attorney killed in Las Vegas shooting


A memorial and fundraising event to benefit victims of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival will be held Thursday at Moonshine Flats, a country bar in downtown San Diego.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a two-hour celebration of life for San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine.

The 42-year-old was singing and dancing with her girlfriends Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Inn Resort and Casino. She was one of 58 people killed. Hundreds of others were injured.

Proceeds raised during the celebration will be donated to The Rescue House, a nonprofit that finds forever homes for displaced cats, and the recently created Jennifer T. Irvine Scholarship Fund at California Western School of Law, her alma mater.

Irvine attended the University of San Diego before going to law school. She was admitted to the State Bar in 2005 and had her own practice, specializing in criminal and family law.

Following the memorial, the bar will host the Country Strong Route 91 Victim Benefit Concert. A number of artists are slated to perform including The Morgan Leigh Band and Carter Winter. The concert doors will open at 8 p.m.

Taylor Winston, who was hailed as a hero in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, will also be in attendance, organizers said. The Marine veteran - and a Moonshine Flats regular - was at the country music festival when the shooting started.

He and his girlfriend commandeered a truck and used it to ferry dozens of critically injured people to the hospital.

Proceeds raised during the concert, including a $10 cover charge, will be donated to the official Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which was set up by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak. The fund has raised nearly $11 million and will be used to help support the victims of the shooting and their families.

A number of San Diego County residents were injured in the shooting, including Tina Frost, who lost an eye, Zack Mesker, who took a bullet to the pelvis, Jeffrey Koisher, who was shot twice in the leg, George Sanchez, who was shot in the arm, Del Mar Deputy Fire Chief Jon Blumeyer and an unnamed San Diego firefighter.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.