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John Phippen

October 4, 2017
This undated photo shows John Phippen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Facebook via AP)
This undated photo shows John Phippen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Facebook via AP)

John Phippen was a father of six who was always willing to lend an ear — or a cold beer — to a friend in need. 

“He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match,” neighbor Leah Nagyivanyi wrote on an online fundraising page. “You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him.” 

Nagyivanyi is raising money through GoFundMe to help Phippen’s children pay for his funeral. 

Phippen, 56, lived in Santa Clarita, California. The youngest of his six children, a daughter, is just 14.

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