Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was a former competitive hockey player who still dabbled in the game.
“His whole life was always around hockey,” said his sister, Shannon Gothard.
After graduating from high school, Murfitt became a fisherman, picking up odd jobs in the off season.
He had just come off an extremely successful fishing season when he made the trip to Las Vegas with some good friends, Gothard said.
Murfitt “was happy to pay some things off and had made some really good money and decided to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun,” she said.
Gothard said the family heard from one of Murfitt’s friends who was with him when he died, though they haven’t received official confirmation about his death.
Asked if the family was holding out hope that he made it after all, she said, “No. No.”