LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-– The community came together to hold a vigil to honor Tina Tintor on Friday, several days after she and her dog were killed in a fiery crash involving former Raider Henry Ruggs III.
“It could have been anybody’s child,” Mary Ann Maestas, who attended the vigil, told 8 News Now.
Sadness and shock blended with anger as Southern Nevada mourned for Tintor and her dog, Max.
“Everybody I know is mad,” southwest valley resident Keith Maestas said of the crash that took their lives.
Police said Ruggs was driving 156 miles an hour right before the crash happened, while documents obtained by 8 News Now said his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Police reports state the high rate of speed in which Ruggs’ vehicle hit Tintor’s caused it to catch on fire.
Dozens gathered to remember her and speak out against what they called a senseless tragedy.
Some were strangers who wanted to pay their respects, while others called Tina a friend.
“I said you got to be kidding me,” Mary Vogel told 8 News Now about the moment she learned of Tintor’s death. “I just broke down.”
Vogel said she worked with Tintor at Target and added that she simply had a kind soul.
“That’s why it hurts so bad, because a good-hearted person like that taken away so senselessly,” Vogel explained. “It doesn’t make sense to anybody.”
Tina’s love for animals was also honored as a few people brought their pets to visit with toys and treats, for a second life stolen.
“I think it’s touching a lot of people’s hearts,” Vogel said. “That this was something that didn’t have to happen.”
Though nothing will bring Tina and Max back, many hope the unimaginable pain serves as a reminder, so others don’t have to suffer this same kind of fate.
“Find a friend, get a Lyft or Uber,” Sandra Zalewski, who attended Friday’s vigil said. “Because this is getting ridiculous.”
Many who attended Friday, said they were Tina’s former coworkers; they left Target nametags, mementos, and symbols.
They told 8 News Now Tintor worked at the Target location at Flamingo Road and Grand Canyon Drive until about March 2020.
Tintor’s parents have not publicly commented on the crash but Naqvi Injury Law released the statement on behalf of Tintor’s family Thursday stating, “Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond a grief they could ever comprehend.”
The statement goes on to read, “Family was everything to Tina, and she was the light of her parents’ life. Tina lived in Las Vegas since she was a baby. She loved her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, who passed alongside her Tuesday morning. The Tinto family appreciates privacy as they mourn. May Tina rest in peace.”