Fallen Las Vegas Officer's Mom Dies Two Days After His Funeral
Sheryl Stiles suffered a heart attack and fell down an escalator.
A mother has died of a broken heart, two days after the funeral of her police officer son, who was gunned down in the Las Vegas massacre.
Sheryl Stiles, 56, suffered cardiac arrest while riding an escalator, authorities said. She fell down the moving steps, hitting her head and causing extensive brain damage, her family said.
Her relatives removed her from life support on Sunday.
She had been part of a large group of family members who traveled from Louisville, Ky., for the funeral of Metropolitan Police Officer Charleston Hartfield.
He was one of 58 people shot dead Oct. 1 at a country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay's hotel and casino.
Gunman Stephen Paddock later killed himself inside his room at the resort as officers closed in.
Hartfield, 34, was a U.S. Army veteran and the married father of two daughters.
More than 2,000 mourners paid their respects at his Friday funeral.
His mother was riding an escalator Sunday with other relatives when she collapsed and fell.
“I was sitting up in the room crying. We came to bury my nephew and the next thing we know, I have to bury my sister,” said Cecil Ralston, the woman’s distraught brother.
An autopsy conducted by the Clark County Coroner’s office determined the cause of death was pulmonary arrest and acute cardio infarction.
Her relatives believe her heart was so broken, it just gave out.
The police chaplain said Stiles was bereft and inconsolable, saying she wanted to die so she could be with her only son.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for funeral and travel costs.
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