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Family remembers woman fatally shot inside Excalibur

Victoria Spilabotte

Family remembers woman fatally shot inside Excalibur

CREATED Dec. 17, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- "She was one of those people that would just light up a room," family-friend Jeannie Bissing said as she remembered 30-year-old Jessica Kenny. "She walked in and she would smile and say hi and everyone was drawn to her."
 
On Friday night, Kenny was shot and killed at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino.  
 
"There was no reason for it," Bissing said. "It wasn't an accident and she was taken from us suddenly for no good reason."
 
Metro police said 31-year-old Edward Brandt shot Kenny in the lobby in front of hotel guests before turning the gun and killing himself. 
 
"It's another example of where domestic violence, spousal abuse, whatever, just claimed another victim," Bissing said. 
 
According to Kenny's family, she was in a previous relationship with the shooter, but it's been two years since they dated and she didn't want to get back together. 
 
"If i can't have you, no one will," Bissing said as she thinks about why Brandt would kill Kenny. "Because he murdered her and committed suicide, that's the only conclusion I can draw ."
 
There are still so many questions, but Kenny's family is coping with their sudden loss. They looked at pictures of her young life, all the way up until recently, when Kenny adopted her dog Cooper. 
 
Kenny's family said they want to remember her for her smile and sense of humor. 
 
"She was such a happy person and she wanted everyone else to be happy," Bissing said. "She had a wicked sense of humor, and just a phenomenal personality."
 
Kenny's family is holding a celebration of life ceremony at the Art Factory downtown on Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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