SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The brother of a Cumberland County man killed in the mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas two weeks ago said the victim's wife stayed by his side while gunfire continued until she was sure that he had died.
Bill Wolfe Jr.'s family spoke out publicly for the first time since the shooting on October 1, holding a news conference in Shippensburg on Monday.
Fighting to hold back tears, Bill's older brother, Scott Wolfe, described the heart-wrenching phone call he received from Bill's wife, Robyn, about an hour after a gunman, perched in a 32nd-floor hotel room, began opening fire on the thousands of people attending a country music concert below.
He said Robyn told him she had to make "the hardest decision of her life," leaving her fatally wounded husband to seek safety.
"The scene was still active and continuing shots being fired in her direction," Scott Wolfe said. "Individuals were yelling at her to vacate the area and run."
It wouldn't be for another 24 hours until Robyn Wolfe received confirmation from Las Vegas authorities that her husband had indeed died.
"Bill was one of the first individuals killed during the senseless tragedy," Scott Wolfe said. "All indications lead us to believe he died within minutes after being shot and that he did not suffer."
Fifty-seven others were also killed.
Bill and Robyn Wolfe were in Las Vegas to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
"Bill was very excited about the trip and was having the time of his life visiting various locations," Scott Wolfe said. "The highlight of this trip occurred while attending Eric Church's concert... lo and behold, Bill's hand was the first hand that Eric Church shook."
Scott Wolfe described his brother as a loving and devoted husband and father of two sons, ages 11 and 14.
"He was involved in every aspect of his sons's lives," he said. "He gave back to the community by coaching wrestling and baseball."
Scott Wolfe also took the opportunity to publicly thank the countless individuals, businesses, and organizations for the overwhelming and endless support the family has received over the last two weeks.
"Words cannot express how much it has meant to Robyn and our families," Scott Wolfe said. "We all have been truly blessed by your prayers and concern."
Wolfe, 42, was a project manager for an engineering company and lived in Shippensburg.
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