Kelsey Meadows was substitute at Taft Union High School
A Taft woman is among the victims of mass shooting in Las Vegas, her family confirmed early Tuesday morning.
Kelsey Meadows, 28, had been reported missing in the aftermath of the killings at the Route 91 Concert and her family travelled from Taft to Las Vegas to search for her.
Tuesday morning her brother Brad announced on social media that she was among the 59 people killed Sunday night.
"...it is with an absolutely shattered heart that I let everyone know that Kelsey did not survive this tragic incident," he posted on Facebook. "Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we try to move past this horrible time."
Kelsey graduated from Taft Union High School in 2007 and had been a regular substitute at the school since 2012, TUHS Superintendent Blanca Cavazos said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Her mother, Stacy, is the information technology manger for the District.
"Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children”, said Taft Union High School principal, Mary Alice Finn. “Words cannot adequately capture the sorrow felt by her students, colleagues and friends in learning of her passing.”
"Kelsey leaves behind her mother Stacy, TUHSD IT Manager, her father Greg, brother, Brad and sister-in-law, Jessica, along with an entire community that loved and respected her," Cavazos said. "TUHSD will have grief counselors available to students and staff to assist in coping with the incomprehensible loss," Cavazos said.
Kelsey is one of four Kern County residents who lost their lives in the shooting.