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Shippensburg youth wrestling coach dies in Las Vegas shooting

| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
Bill Wolfe Jr., a youth wrestling and Little League coach in Shippensburg, died during Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas.
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Bill Wolfe Jr., a youth wrestling and Little League coach in Shippensburg, died during Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas.

A Shippensburg little league and wrestling coach was confirmed to be among the 59 killed in Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas, according to police in the central Pennsylvania borough.

"It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife Robyn share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas," wrote the Shippensburg Police Department in a Facebook post. "Please continue to hold our entire family as well as those affected across the nation in your unending prayers."

Wolfe had initially been considered missing after becoming separated from his wife during the chaos of the shooting. Family members flew to Las Vegas Monday night to determine if he was among the dead or injured, PennLive reported .

"Dear Shippensburg Wrestling family and community, we are saddened to share that Coach Bill Wolfe is among the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas last night," read the post on the Shippensburg Greyhound Wrestling Facebook page Monday. "His wife is okay but Bill's condition is presently unknown."

The Shippensburg Little League had a post of its own noting that Wolfe "has been a big part of the Little League community and he and his family need our support at this time."

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said 59 were killed and hundreds more were injured when Stephen C. Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., opened fire on more than 22,000 attending the concert across the street from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Paddock apparently killed himself as police used explosives to blast into the hotel room where he had a stockpile of more than 20 guns.

The community, located in Franklin and Cumberland counties, held a prayer vigil for Wolfe and his family Monday night at Shippensburg's Doc Norcross Stadium, and established a GoFundMe account for the family's expenses related to the tragedy.

The teams and Shippensburg Police all asked for privacy for the family. The Shippensburg Area School District referred questions to the police department, which declined to comment beyond what had been posted to Facebook.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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