As we reported Monday, a gay Utah couple was among the victims of a mass shooting that took place at an outdoor Las Vegas concert on Sunday evening.
Cameron Robinson of Cedar City, a father of three who worked for the city of Las Vegas, was shot and killed in the horrific attack, while his boyfriend, Bobby Eardley, took shrapnel to the back.
Yesterday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke to Eardley, who paid tribute to his late boyfriend:
“I just can not say enough amazing things about that man. He’s such an example to everyone he came into contact with in his life….
“When I came out four years ago I didn’t know how it was all going to go with my family…it took someone as special as Cameron to be able to open eyes for everyone and just learn love and acceptance. I’m so grateful to him for that and for the example that he was for me and my family and my kids.”
Eardley also describes the horrible aftermath of the attack:
“I just wanted to make sure that he knew that he wasn’t alone in those moments and I held him and talked to him the whole time and I know he wasn’t the only victim and I know that so many other people are going through exactly what I’m going through and my heart goes out to every single one of them and I just want to make sure that the heroes of the situation are also noticed.”
He makes sure to mention two total strangers who performed CPR on Robinson, and took the time to thank them:
“It meant a lot to me in those moments.”
You can watch the interview here:
Bobby Eardley's partner died in Las Vegas: “I just can not say enough amazing things about that man." https://t.co/Xw1gTMa5ef
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Valerie Alvey, a close friend of Eardley’s, has set up a GoFundMe Campaign to help pay for funeral expenses:
Please help his family and friends raise the much needed funds to cover the funeral and medical expenses. Today we lost an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend to the senseless, horrible tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting. He was full of life and love and so much passion. He loved his family, friends and everyone he came in contact with. He loved to cook, entertain, run marathons, travel, go camping, boating, and the outdoors in general and above all surround himself with those he loved and others. He is an amazing example to all and brought so much light to those he came in contact with. He accomplished so much in such a short time and touched the lives of so many. Between his love to cook and amazing dance moves there was always good times. He was such a caring, giving and loving man. Cameron, you will be greatly missed. We love you so much!
Speaking to the NY Daily News, Eardley’s mom said,
“He loved his life….
He loved people and to serve people – he was a character, he had us all laughing. We could be int he dumps and then he’d have us all in laughter. A great loss of a great man.”