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Yesterday, gay CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper spoke with Bobby Eardley, the live-in boyfriend of gay Las Vegas victim Cameron Robinson, the openly gay 28-year-old man slain in the recent mass shooting. Both men are pictured above.
Eardley and Cameron were attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when the gunman’s bullet struck Cameron in the neck. Eardley was also injured in the shooting after sustaining a shrapnel injury to his back, though he recovered.
The two lived together in St. George, Utah, but Cameron regularly drove two hours into Las Vegas for his job as a legal records specialist for the city.
In the interview, Cooper says, “I don’t know if you want to talk about what happened that night … but what do you want to say?”
Looking up, Eardley responds:
I just want to make sure that he knew that he wasn’t alone in those [final] moments, and I held him and talked to him the whole time and I know that 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 really just want to make sure that the heroes of the situation are also noticed.
Here is Cooper’s interview with the gay Las Vegas victim’s boyfriend:
Bobby Eardley's partner died in Las Vegas: “I just can not say enough amazing things about that man." https://t.co/Xw1gTMa5ef
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) October 4, 2017
Eardley explained that Cameron and another injured man were loaded into the back of a truck and driven to the hospital. During that time, a stranger administered CPR to Cameron the entire way.
“It was so incredible to se that drive and that determination and just the will to help … complete strangers,” Eardley said. “And I didn’t get their name, and I don’t even know their face and I just feel awful that I can’t meet them and thank them for everything that they did as well as everybody else that helped so much.”
Cameron’s friend Valerie Alvey set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover his funeral and medical expenses. On it, Alvey wrote that Robinson “loved to cook, entertain, run marathons, travel, go camping, boating and the outdoors.”
The page has since become virtual memorial to express condolences for and memories of Cameron. It has also raised $24,478, nearly $10,000 more than its initial fundraising goal of $15,000.
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