BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tina Frost, a 2008 Arundel High grad is among the 500 injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting.
A bullet hit her right eye and her father wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning she remains in a coma but there have been encouraging signs and asked people keep the prayers coming.
Tuesday evening, a moment of silence was held during a soccer match-up by both players of her rival and former team.
People have already raised tens of thousands of dollars on a GoFundMe page for her medical bills. Her story is one of many harrowing tales.
“The biggest message that if I could see Tina right now, was to continue to be the badass fighter that she was when she was on the soccer field,” says Tina’s soccer coach Lauren Coe.
Frost was at the concert with her boyfriend when she was shot in the head. She’s already gone through several surgeries. Her father, Rich Frost, wrote on Facebook she’s showing signs of progress and asked if people could keep the prayers coming.
Frost’s mom Mary Moreland has been by her bedside at a Las Vegas hospital.
“Right now, she’s fighting for her life,” she says.
“She lost her right eye. She’s on a ventilator in a coma right now. You’re crying one minute, you’re praying the next minute, you’re angry. You just want to put yourself in your daughter’s shoes,” says Moreland. “She lost her full forehead, but she got a CAT scan this morning and there was no brain swelling, which is very good.”
“She went to a concert to have fun so the lesson learned hopefully is that when people in your family, people in your immediate circle, in your community need help and need somebody to support them, that it’s our job in this community to step up,” says Arundel High Athletic Director Kevin Necessary.
Frost’s coaches and teachers say she’s always shown grit and determination. They saw it years ago on the soccer field — and know it’s part of her spirit now.
Aside from the moment of silence the student athletes also paid tribute to Tina by sporting her former number during the game. Her last name and the number “9” were written on their wrists.
“To have [this tragedy] come right here into our backyard, it was powerful. It hurt, we were concerned. We’re concerned for everyone, but [Tina is] one of our own,” says Arundel High health teacher Maryellen Townes.
“Please keep Tina, her family and friends as well as all other victims and our first responders involved in the terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers,” Moreland said. “I think everyone everybody wants to be a part of something good. Everybody wants to be a part of coming together, I think we need a lot of that.”
The tragedy has touched people across Maryland. A moment of silence was held at the State House, and at a vigil was held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, where bells tolled for the victims.
Another vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis, and is being hosted by Anne Arundel County Indivisible, CAIR and March on Maryland. In addition to remembering the victims, it will serve to “demand long overdue action from elected leaders to end gun violence,” according to a press release.
People have been so moved by Frost’s story, they’ve now donated over $130,000 for her medical bills.
Broadneck High School and Severna Park High School will dedicate one of their games to Tina and send money that they will collect to go the family.
Her father says he knows her recovery will be more of a marathon than a sprint and has thanked so many for their support on the difficult road ahead.
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