Senator L’Italien Offers Remarks to State Senate Honoring Las Vegas Shooting Victim Rhonda LeRocque
Massachusetts Senate Holds Moment of Silence for Tewksbury Woman, Gun Violence Victims
October 4, 2017
During Wednesday’s formal Senate Session, in which the members of the legislative body’s upper chamber took up veto overrides for the FY18 budget, the State Senate took a departure from the orders of the day to hold a moment of silence for Massachusetts’ own Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury. The 42-year-old woman was killed during a mass shooting incident at a concert in Las Vegas this past weekend.
State Senator Barbara L’Italien, who represents Tewksbury, gave the following remarks:
“I rise today in honor of my constituent, Rhonda LeRocque, who died Sunday during the horrific mass-shooting in Las Vegas.
“Rhonda lived in Tewksbury with Jason, her husband of 21 years, and their 6 year old daughter. She had been visiting Las Vegas on a family trip to celebrate her wedding anniversary and was attending a country music concert when she was killed during the worst mass-shooting in our nation’s history.
“Rhonda worked at IDEO, a design firm based in Cambridge. She was known by many for her devotion to her family and her faith community. In her spare time, she enjoyed skiing, cooking, and baking and brought joy to the people around her. According to her mother, Priscilla Champagne, Rhonda was a loving mother… a loving wife. … She was just beautiful inside and out.’
Please join me in a moment of silence as we pray for the family of Rhonda LeRocque as well as the 59 people who lost their lives and the 525 who were wounded during Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.”