Disney Mourns Loss of Employee in Las Vegas Shooting
"We are especially heartbroken over the loss of one of our own to this unconscionable and senseless act," said Iger of the death of one longtime employee and another who was seriously injured.
One longtime Disney employee was killed and another injured during the Las Vegas shootings that killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 on Sunday night. Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Robert Iger remembered Carrie Barnette and prayed for the recovery of Jessica Milam in a statement released on Monday.
“Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the tragic events in Las Vegas – the victims of violence, the witnesses, and the friends and families mourning loved ones. We are especially heartbroken over the loss of one of our own to this unconscionable and senseless act," said Iger. "Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for ten years and was beloved by her friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time. Another valued Disney cast member, Jessica Milam, was also seriously injured, and we are praying for her recovery.”
Iger tweeted, "A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic."
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Sunday night left at least 59 people dead and 527 injured after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel during country star Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities said SWAT teams used explosives to enter the gunman's hotel room, where they found he had killed himself.
According to the Associated Press, investigators found 23 firearms in Paddock's hotel room and 19 firearms at his Mesquite, Nevada home. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate were also found in Paddock's car. Despite a claim from the Islamic State terror group that they were responsible for the attack, Nevada authorities say Paddock acted alone.
A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) October 3, 2017