Tech graduate among victims of Las Vegas shooting

Tech graduate among victims of Las Vegas shooting

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Danae Gibbs, a Texas Tech graduate was one of the victims from the attack in Vegas. 

Gibbs was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday when she was shot in the stomach and leg. 

Close friends, Sydney Stafford and Kaymi Franco were awakened to a flood of posts on Facebook.

"I got to class and I was obviously scared like I didn't know anything," Stafford said. 

Franco and Stafford talked to her just hours before the shooting. 

"It was crazy... like I was talking to her one minute and the next... this whole explosion of events happened."

Franco said after reaching out to Gibbs, her response brought immediate relief. 

"The way I knew she was okay was when I texted her we we're joking around and I was like okay she's fine," Franco said. 

After undergoing surgery at a Las Vegas area hospital, she is in stable condition according a gofundme page created to raise money for medical expenses. 

While at Tech, Gibbs was a member of Sigma Phi Lamda sorority, studied Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and was involved with Evoke ministry at Trinity Church. 

Sorority sister, JenaBeth Morgan said she was overwhelmed by the amount of support Gibbs is receiving. 

"I think it's pretty amazing how many impacts she's made in people's lives, whether she knows it or not." Morgan said. "Like I feel like sometimes people don't realize how big of an impact they've made on people till after something happens to them." 

In the midst of the chaos, Franco said Gibbs is still remaining herself. 

You can just tell by the way that she's making sure that we're all okay too that she has that servants heart," Franco said. 

The death toll from the Las Vegas shooting has risen to 59, with 527 people injured. The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have yet to determine a motive.

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