Family remembers Utah native killed in Las Vegas shooting

    Family remembers Utah native killed in Las Vegas shooting (Photo: Yerage family photo)

    (KUTV) One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting was born and raised in Utah and had a lot of family and friends in the state.

    Neysa Tonks, 45, was at the Jason Aldean concert Sunday when a gunman rained down bullets on the crowd. Tonks was killed.

    On a plane en route to Las Vegas Monday afternoon, Tonks' brother, AJ Yerage, told 2News reporter Daniel Woodruff about the mother of three boys who lost her life.

    "How happy and lucky I feel that she was part of my life," said Yerage, who lives in Salt Lake City and was with his father on the way to help identify his sister. "I can hear her laugh, her voice in my head and my heart right now."

    Yerage said Tonks was born in Utah and raised in the Salt Lake City area before moving to Las Vegas at least 10 years ago. He said she sold software and had a successful career.

    "She had a speed and intensity," Yerage said. "She was able to accomplish a lot of things."

    Yerage also described his sister as someone who was "always laughing, always joking, always sarcastic."

    Tonks had quite a bit of family still living in Utah, Yerage said, and she saw them regularly. He said his sister loved to travel with her three boys and made a good life for them.

    With tears in his eyes, Yerage said he couldn't believe what had happened and was still trying to process everything.

    "I was just proud that I was her brother," he said.

    A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family at

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