It is still unknown why a man opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring several hundred more.
But what the family of Bill Wolfe Jr., a Shippensburg man killed in the shooting, does know is their brother, husband, son and father is gone.
“The bottom line is he shot my brother,” said Scott Wolfe, Bill Wolfe’s brother. “Why? We will never know.”
Scott Wolfe provided a family statement Monday during a news conference at Shippensburg University, voicing appreciation for support and for the respect of privacy the area had given Bill Wolfe’s wife, Robyn, since the shooting.
In the statement, Scott Wolfe said he received a phone call from Robyn about 2 a.m. Oct. 2, letting him know there had been a shooting at the concert and that Bill Wolfe had been shot.
In that phone call, Robyn told him that she was there when her husband had been shot, and that she had held him until she was certain that he had died.
During this time, the shots were still being fired in her direction and people were yelling at her to run. In the statement, Scott Wolfe said that caused “her to make the hardest decision of her life ... the decision of having to leave her husband behind.”
Though that phone call was made early in the morning on Oct. 2, it wasn’t until 10:30 p.m. that day that the family received confirmation from the Clark County Coroner’s Office that Bill Wolfe had died.
“Bill was one of the first individuals killed during this senseless tragedy,” Scott Wolfe said. “All indication leads us to believe he died within minutes after being shot and that he did not suffer.”
Bill Wolfe was laid to rest last Wednesday during a private service. In addition to sharing information about that night, Scott Wolfe also relayed their thanks for support.
Bill was a 1993 graduate of Shippensburg Area Senior High School and the head coach of the Shippensburg Elementary wrestling team.
“The support being shown by everyone has been overwhelming, and words cannot express how much it has meant to Robyn and our families,” Scott Wolfe said. “We all have been truly blessed by your prayers and concern, and we will never forget everything that has been provided to us by the various individuals, businesses and organizations in our time of need.”
Nearly $80,000 has been raised for the Wolfe family through a GoFundMe account, gofundme.com/shipwrestlingwolfefamily.
A fund has also been created to assist Bill Wolfe’s two sons through Members 1st Credit Union. Contributions may be sent to the Bill Wolfe Children’s Fund, c/o Members 1st Credit Union, P. O. Box 2110, Mechanicsburg.
“When something like this happens, there’s no place I’d rather be than in a small town,” Scott Wolfe said. “Because, people in the small towns are real people and they’ll be there for you.”