Seattle woman among victims of Las Vegas massacre
SEATTLE - A Seattle woman, who was a graduate of Bainbridge Island High School, was among the victims killed in the deadly Las Vegas shooting.
Carrie Parsons, 31, was on a girls trip attending the three-day Route 91 Harvest music festival when she was struck by a bullet.
"It's just heartbreaking," said close friend Laura Cooper.
"I woke up yesterday to the news and I just had a bad feeling."
When Cooper learned of the mass shooting she immediately thought of her best friend, Carrie Parsons.
“Immediately, I texted her ‘Please tell me you're ok, please tell me you’re ok.’
I called her—her phone was dead. I messaged her on Facebook, Snapchat, everything,” recalled Cooper.
Cooper then sent a message to Parsons’ Mom asking if her friend was OK.
“She informed me that (Carrie) had been shot and just to pray,” said Cooper.
It was a few hours later that Cooper learned Parsons didn’t make it.
"I woke up (this morning) and I thought ‘Is this real? Did this actually happen or is this just a bad nightmare?’ No, it's real—a senseless tragedy I can't make sense of,” said Cooper.
Parsons, who friends say was full of life, loved country music and attended many festivals.
In fact, she posted photos on social media after the Eric Church concert Friday night saying "Night made!"--- Eric Church was her favorite country music singer and she'd been to at least 10 of his shows.
“She always had a good time-- always was dancing and singing and made sure everyone had a good time as well,” said Cooper.
Cooper and Parsons became friends in elementary school and that bond grew over the years.
Both graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in 2004.
“She was a one in a million friend,” said Cooper.
Parsons, who lived in Seattle, was a recruiter, and recently got engaged in Hawaii.
“She would always say ‘live, laugh, love’ and she did that,” said Cooper.