Gay Utah couple among victims of Las Vegas shooting

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A Utah gay couple attending the country music festival in Las Vegas where the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place was among the victims of the tragedy, according to a local media report in Salt Lake City.

Cameron Robinson, a 28-year-old Cedar City, Utah, resident who worked in Las Vegas, was among the 59 people killed in the attack, CBS affiliate KUTV reported. His sister, Meghan Ervin, is quoted as saying Robinson was struck in the neck during the shooting.

Robinson worked as a legal records specialist for Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Robinson went to Basic High School and held degrees from Nevada State College and Western International University.

His boyfriend, Robert Eardley, was also present at the shooting and was wounded after taking shrapnel in his back, but is expected to survive, according to KUTV.

Eardley was quoted by local affiliate FOX 13 as saying Robinson was an “amazing, determined, hard working man that spent his life always striving to be better.”

“He was so kind and sweet and caring,” Eardley said. “He was quiet and shy but once you got to know him he was goofy and fun and so enjoyable. His family and friends meant the world to him. His loss will leave a scar on us all. He will be missed greatly.”

A GoFundMe page has been established to pay for Robinson’s funeral expenses. As of Tuesday evening, the page had raised more than $16,000.

“Today we lost an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend to the senseless, horrible tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting.” the page says. “He was full of life and love and so much passion. He loved his family, friends and everyone he came in contact with.”

According to the page, Robinson enjoying cooking, entertaining, running marathons, traveling, going camping, boating and being outdoors.

“Between his love to cook and amazing dance moves there was always good times,” the page says. “He was such a caring, giving and loving man. Cameron, you will be greatly missed. We love you so much!”

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