Friends gather to remember victim of Las Vegas strip crash



MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. - Friends visited a Maple Valley store to remember a woman who was killed in a Las Vegas crash.


Police said a man was fatally shot Thursday while driving his vehicle on the Las Vegas Strip. His vehicle crashed into Sandi Sutton’s taxi, which burst into flames and trapped her inside with the driver. Sutton and the driver died.


Police have identified 26-year-old Ammar Harris as a suspect in the shooting


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter David Ham spoke with Sutton’s business partner, Leih Mulvihill, who went to Las Vegas with Sutton for a clothing convention for their store, The Dazzled Dame.


On Wednesday night Mulvihill told Sutton she was going to bed early.


“She leaned over and gave me a hug and she said, ‘I love you Lee.’ I will cherish those words for as long as I live,” said Mulvihill. “As soon as I saw those news reports, I knew in my heart it was her.”


When friends in Maple Valley found out Sutton was killed, they were in disbelief.


“She (Mulvihill) told me Sandi had died. And what? It was just shock. It was just so hard,” said Sue Vanruff of the Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Loved ones are trying to remember Sutton not the way she died, but who she was as a person.


“She’s Irish. She had beautiful red curly hair and she loved showing it off,” said Mulvihill.


Sutton was a loving mother, wife and a feisty business owner.


“This is a pink boa and it’s just so Sandi,” said Mulvihill.


Sutton was also a two-time breast cancer survivor.


“We’ll just all miss her terribly, terribly much,” Mulvihill said.  


Many customers and friends dropped off flowers because they said Sutton loved flowers. 


Las Vegas police will have an update at 2 p.m. on the circumstances surrounding the deaths.