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Okotoks mom of two killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

GoFundMe set up to help family with expenses with this 'tragic loss.'

Tara Smith

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Tara Smith

A Calgary-area mother was confirmed to be among the dead in the deadly gun attack at a Las Vegas concert Sunday evening that has left approximately 60 dead and more than 550 injured.

Tara Roe Smith became the fourth Canadian fatality when her aunt, Val Rodgers, confirmed the mother of two had been killed.

Roe Smith's uncle, Dan Rodgers, told Metro from Brandon, Man. that the family wasn't providing interviews at this time.

Tara Smith Roe pictured here with her husband Zach and their two kids.

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Tara Smith Roe pictured here with her husband Zach and their two kids.

"It's a really tough time for the family," he said.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Tara Roe Smith by Levi Nye with the title “Expenses for Zach and the kids.”

“In a time of overwhelming emotions, sadness, and pain, the last thing the Roe/Smith families need to be worrying about are the financial obligations associated with this tragic loss. He's not the kind to ask for help, but Zach would give you the shirt off his back, even if you weren't the kind to ask for help either.”

The GoFundMe has already raised more than $60K, surpassing the original fundraising goal of $2,500. The goal has since been changed to $100k.

Messages of heartbreak and condolences were also shared for Roe Smith's family, including her husband Zach and sons Lennon and Louie.

Tara pictured with her husband Zach.

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Tara pictured with her husband Zach.

"Zach, Our hearts are breaking for you and your beautiful boys. As hard as this must be for you, know we are praying for you all. Hugs to you, Cheri, Trent & Family," wrote Cheri Senft.

Many people said they didn't even know Roe Smith or her family, but felt compelled to donate to their cause.

The Foothills School Division issued a statement Tuesday, as Roe Smith was an educational assistant who worked at Ecole Percy Pegler Elementary in Okotoks.

"It has been a challenging time for our Division yet we continue to stand together and support one another," read a statement from John Bailey, Superintendent of Schools for Foothills School Division.

"We have put our crisis response team in place and they will remain as long as is needed to assist students and staff. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected by this unimaginable attack."

Alberta's Education minister David Eggen also tweeted condolence about the news of Smith's passing.

"I am deeply saddened to learn that another victim of the Las Vegas shooting has been identified as an educational assistant for @fsd38," Eggen wrote.

Originally Roe Smith was believed missing and there was a frantic effort to find her.

Friends and family of Tara Smith took to social media to express their concern and plead for help in locating Smith.

“My cousin and his wife Tara Smith were at the concert. Please pray that’s she is safe. They were split up during the commotion,” wrote her cousin, Christa Ehman.

Twitter user Krista Wilde wrote: “Please #RETWEEET-Missing in Vegas after last nights shooting, Albertan Tara Roe (Smith). #missinginvegas#vegasshooting #vegas #vegasstrip

Modeling agency Sophie Models International shared the following about Smith: “Please Share this - Tara Smith is apart of the Sophia Models Family. We pray that she is safe and will return home soon.”

- with files from Canadian Press

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