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Shippensburg coach may be victim of Vegas shooting

Written by Becky Metrick/The Chambersburg Public Opinion | Oct 3, 2017 5:56 AM

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J.R. Wells served as the main speaker during last night's vigil service. (Markell DeLoatch/The Chambersburg Public Opinion).

(Shippensburg) -- Bill Wolfe's aunt and uncle joined Shippensburg community members at a prayer vigil for the missing youth sports coach Monday night at Doc Norcross Stadium

Wolfe and his wife Robyn attended the country music concert in Las Vegas for their 20-year anniversary.

He was a coach with both elementary wrestling and the Little League in Shippensburg.

The family has not had any contact with him since a mass shooter opened fire on the concert-goers Sunday, killing 59 and wounding more than 500.

"The sad part is, his wife and he were separated when it occurred," aunt Dora Wolf said. "And she has had no word as to what hospital he's in or what his condition is. And the waiting is what's the most heart-breaking thing for all of the family, for everyone. But especially for her."

Dick Wolfe said Bill Wolfe's brother flew out to Las Vegas Monday night to try to figure out what happened.

Dora Wolfe asked that, even though it might sound silly, anytime someone uses a dollar bill, they think about her family's Bill.

"This has just been a horrid event for the whole country, and this is just one family and there are so many more," Dora Wolfe said. "And my heart goes out to everyone one of them."

Wolfe's cousin Teresa Wolfe said she was thankful for all of the people aiding in the recovering in Las Vegas.

"All those people that helped those wounded people that was just awesome to see, people just come together that don't even know each other, It's just a good feeling," Wolfe said.

Looking at the group of people who gathered at her nephew's vigil, Dora said she knew he was absolutely loved.

"Just look around you and see the support that's here and the love," Wolfe said. "It is true, it is a small community but they all come together when you need it the most."

All they can ask for now: "We just hope he's found soon."

Monday's vigil featured prayers and remarks from Pastor JD Wells, as well as the singing of "Amazing Grace" by the several hundred who gathered.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and Public Opinion Online.

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