DORSET, Vt. (NEWS10) – A local community is shocked to learn that one of their own was a victim in the Las Vegas massacre.
Her name was Sandy Casey. Even though she moved away from home, she grew up just down the street in Dorset.
Jamie Norse remembers her fondly.
“She was amazing. Always smiling. Always willing to help somebody. A hard worker. Just the person you wanted to see every day.”
Her and Sandy were close friends growing up together in the small Vermont town of Dorset.
They went to school together, worked together, and even went to the same dance class as kids.
“A lot of fun. It brought us being like girls, even if we wanted to act like tomboys.”
On Monday morning, when the news reached Jamie that Sandy was among those killed in the Las Vegas shooting, she was stunned.
“Anger, mostly anger.”
She says she’s already contacted the family.
“They know that I love them and I’ve reached out. My heart is breaking with them.”
As an adult, Sandy moved away from home. Most recently she was working in California as a special education teacher.
Back at home, she was not forgotten. Her high school, Burr and Burton Academy released this statement:
“The Burr and Burton Academy community was devastated to learn that Sandy Casey, class of 2000, was one of the victims in the mass-shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Our hearts go out to Theresa and Steven Casey and the entire Casey family as they face the tragic loss of their daughter and sister. Sandy was an active member of the class of 2000; she was a four-year basketball player, a dancer and a friend to many. Her spirit and positive energy are remembered by teachers, coaches and staff members. This morning, at our weekly all-school assembly, we honored and remembered Sandy and all the victims of the mass shooting with a moment of silence. Our students see violent images and tragedy in the media almost daily. Today’s terrible events touch the BBA community in a personal way. They compel us to sharpen our efforts toward providing our students with the intellectual tools, compassion and commitment necessary for being leaders and citizens in our complex world.”
Sandy was also a 2004 graduate of the College of Saint Joseph. They also released this statement:
As frightening images continue to come in from the tragedy in Las Vegas, many people in Manchester and Dorset still can’t believe one of their own is a victim.
Jamie says she’ll never forget Sandy.
“Live life to your fullest because you never know what’s going to happen or when. Keep your loved ones close and enjoy every minute.”
In addition to the two schools, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy also extended his condolences to the Casey family.