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Candice Bowers

October 6, 2017
This undated photo provided by her aunt Michelle Bolks shows Candice Bowers, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Courtesy of Paul Warren via AP)
This undated photo provided by her aunt Michelle Bolks shows Candice Bowers, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Courtesy of Paul Warren via AP)

Candice Bowers of Garden Grove, California, was a tough-minded single mother of three with a loud, infectious laugh. Her family said she worked as a waitress and was spending some much-needed time off at the concert. The huge Jason Aldean fan was very excited to be there. 

She was also celebrating a personal milestone: Bowers had just finished a yearslong process to adopt a 2-year-old daughter. 

“That was just done, and it was a big accomplishment to get through the adoption process,” said Michelle Bolks, Bowers’ aunt. 

Bowers also had a 20-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son. 

“She had a bit of a rough upbringing, but as soon as babies came into her life she stepped up and stepped forward and never looked back. She did this all by herself and took this little one in and was doing it again,” Bolks said.

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