Rachael Parker: Police department records technician killed in Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS - Rachael Parker, a 33-year-old records technician for the police department in Manhattan Beach, California, was shot and died at the hospital, Manhattan Beach Police Department said.

She worked for nearly a decade at the front desk of the police station. Even in those stressful confines, she was known for her "cheerful and compassionate demeanor," police told CNN.

"Rachael's smile could light up a room, even on the most difficult of days."

She also had eyes on higher education. Parker earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Colorado State University in June 2016, and she was in the process of applying to graduate school, police said.

She had a particular passion for working with older adults -- she completed her undergraduate practicum by working with Manhattan Beach's Older Adults Program -- and she loved her two adopted dogs, Maddie and Izzy. She enjoyed baking, country music and Los Angeles Kings hockey, police said.

"Rachael, we love you and we miss you. Our hearts are breaking," police wrote. "Please keep Rachael's family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time."

She was one of four off-duty Manhattan Beach police employees who attended the Vegas concert. Another police employee, a sworn officer, was shot and suffered minor injuries, the department said.

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