It has been confirmed that Christiana Duarte, a fan service associate employed by the Los Angeles Kings, was among the 59 whose lives were cut short by the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1. She was 22 years old.
The LA Kings will honor the many victims and heroes from Sunday's horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, including the recognition of team employee Christiana Duarte, who was killed in the incident, on Thursday, as part of the Kings-Philadelphia Flyers game at STAPLES Center. The game marks the beginning of the Kings' 2017-18 Regular Season.
So many individuals from Southern California were involved, including those who perished, were injured, and those who demonstrated heroism in the face of immense terror, risking their lives in an effort to save others. Unfortunately, the Kings lost a family member and employee in Chrissy, who was in her first year as a Kings Fan Service Associate.
As part of Thursday night's game the Kings plan to:
- Honor Chrissy and all of the other victims during a special pre-game ceremony with both a moment of silence and a video. The Kings will also at that time salute First Responders who were on the scene.
- Kings players will wear a special "CD" sticker on the back of their helmets during the game, and all Kings staff members will wear a special pin in her honor.
- All proceeds from the Kings' 50/50 raffle that evening will be donated by the Kings Care Foundation to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund. Kings players will match the funds raised.
- The Kings are encouraging fans to help support Duarte's official GoFundMe page: LAKings.com/Chrissy
Duarte was a recent graduate of the University of Arizona. She is survived by father Michael Duarte, a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, as well as brother Mikey Duarte, a minor league player in the Chicago White Sox.
The Kings organization has invested in the Las Vegas area for years, playing preseason games known as the Frozen Fury. The 2016-17 preseason marked the passing of the torch to the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now developing the sport of hockey in southern Nevada.
The Kings have lost members of their family to tragedy before. Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis were scouts for the Kings who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
As mentioned above, you can help the Duarte family by donating at the official GoFundMe page for Christiana.