Memorial planned for Colorado Springs gym manager killed in Las Vegas shooting

By Ellie Mulder Updated: October 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm • Published: October 12, 2017 0
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A public memorial service will be held at a Colorado Springs gym on Sunday for its general manager Chris Roybal, who was fatally shot in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Roybal, 28, was at the festival with his mother, Debby Allen, to celebrate his birthday when a gunman opened fire with an arsenal of weapons rigged to mimic automatic rifles from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay resort, killing 58 people, a release says.

Allen was posting frantically on Facebook at the time of the shooting, sharing that she was safe but could not find her son.

At 11:42 p.m. Sunday, she posted, "I am safe. I just can't find Christopher Roybal anywhere. He's not answering anyone's phone calls." She commented about an hour later, "God help me."

A GoFundMe page set up to help Roybal's family with funeral costs had raised more than $51,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

Roybal, who grew up in Corona, Calif., was a Navy veteran and served in Afghanistan.

"Roybal was known around Crunch Fitness as a friendly team member who had infectious laughter and always a big smile," the release said.

The memorial will be held 7 p.m. Sunday at Crunch Fitness, 5620 North Academy Boulevard. It will be put on in part by Betty Field, a congressional candidate for District 5.

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