The mother of a Las Vegas mass shooting victim died suddenly two days after her son's funeral.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Charleston Hartfield was killed during the Route 92 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel located across the street, the New York Daily News reported. He was just one of 58 attendees who lost their lives.
On the day of Hartfield's funeral, his mother, Sheryl Stiles, 55, suffered a heart attack and fell down an escalator, KVVU reported. She had just attended the funeral with several family members who had traveled from Louisville, Kentucky, to pay their respects.
“It was important because it was my sister’s son,” Sheryl's brother, Lewis Stiles, told KVVU. “We [have] a lot of family from Louisville that came.”
Lewis said he believes his sister was heading back to her hotel room at the time of her fall. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, and then transferred to another one before her family decided to take her off life support, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Just devastated by this,” Sheryl's cousin, Cecil Ralston, told the news station. “It’s unexpected."
“She was on the escalator and she had a heart attack,” Ralston continued. “She fell and sustained brain injuries.”
“I was sitting up in the room crying,” Lewis added. “We came to bury my nephew and then the next thing we know, I have to bury my sister.”
According to the Clark County Coroner, Sheryl suffered from pulmonary arrest and acute cardiac infarction after the fall. She was on life support for two days. Her family believes she passed away from a broken heart.
“I talked to the chaplain of Metro,” Ralston recalled. “He told me she kept saying, ‘Oh I want to stay, I want to be with Charleston,’ that she wanted to die.”
Lewis said he will remember her fondly.
“My sister was very outgoing,” Lewis said. “She was a lively person who had a lot of good friends that enjoyed her company.”
Hartfield is survived by his wife, Veronica, and their two children, 9-year-old Savannah and 15-year-old Ayzayah, the Daily Mail reported.
A GoFundMe page was launched to help the family cover funeral expenses, and to transport Sheryl's body back to Kentucky. The page has raised more than $4,495 in just two days. The campaign was only asking for $1,000.