Shippensburg police confirmed early Tuesday that a Shippensburg man was one of at least 59 people who died during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday evening that also resulted in more than 500 people being injured.
Bill Wolfe Jr., a coach in Little League and youth wrestling in the Shippensburg area, attended the country music festival Sunday with his wife, Robyn, who survived the attack. The Chambersburg Public Opinion reported that Wolfe and his wife were celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas. Wolfe was initially listed as missing Monday after he and Robyn became separated in the confusion.
“It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Robyn, share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas,” a post to the department’s Facebook account read Tuesday morning. “Please continue to hold our entire family as well as those affected across the nation in your unending prayers.”
Hundreds of people turned out in Shippensburg Monday night for a prayer vigil for Wolfe and the other victims of Sunday night’s shooting.
Police in Las Vegas said 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers from his 32nd floor hotel room Sunday. The retired accountant had an arsenal of 23 guns in the hotel room he used as a sniper’s perch, according to the Associated Press. Authorities found more guns, ammunition and explosives in a search of his Nevada home.
Paddock killed himself in his hotel room before authorities arrived. Law enforcement and family members have not been able to explain what motivated the multimillionaire, who made much of his money from real estate deals, to inflict so much carnage.
Wolfe worked nine years in Carlisle with Dewberry, an engineering consultant group. He previously worked at Carl Bert & Associates in Shippensburg from 2003 to 2009 as a professional engineer, but was more than just staff, according to Carl Bert, president of CBA, who talked to the Chambersburg Public Opinion.
Company owner Carl Bert said Wolfe was a close friend and “a class act in every way.” Bert described Wolfe as being personable, easy to work with and a devoted Christian. Wolfe’s father, Bill Wolfe Sr., was Shippensburg borough manager for many years.
Members of the Shippensburg Greyhound wrestling team are raising money to help Wolfe’s family.
A GoFundMe page established to accept donations for Wolfe’s family quickly exceeded its goal of $10,000 after being shared hundreds of times on social media, and the team booster club said it also is accepting checks to help the family with unexpected expenses. The GoFundMe page can be found by visiting www.gofundme.com/shipwrestlingwolfefamily.
Shippensburg Greyhound Wrestling posted a statement on its Facebook that reads: “We are broken-hearted to share that Bill did pass. If you are able, please consider donating to the GoFundMe we have set up. There will be many unanticipated expenses in the coming weeks for the Wolfe family. You can mail donations as well. We will post more information as it becomes available. Until then please keep them close to your heart in prayers of comfort and peace. Thank you again for your outpouring of support.”