1 year later, Hawaii survivor of Vegas massacre still grappling with pain, trauma of that night

‘To be honest, I feel so lucky and so grateful to be here today.’
A former Waipahu resident was among those injured in the deadliest mass shooting in American...
A former Waipahu resident was among those injured in the deadliest mass shooting in American history ― and she’s still recovering.(Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Sep. 25, 2018 at 2:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Next week Monday marks one year since the Las Vegas concert massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A former Waipahu resident was among those injured ― and she’s still recovering.

Ashley Quoicho was shot twice — once in the hand and once in the backside — during the Mandalay Bay massacre.

“It was a very traumatizing experience,” said Quoicho, who lives in Las Vegas. “It sucks that it happened. I wish it didn’t, but it’s something we have to live with.”

The road to recovery hasn’t been easy.

The bullet that struck her in her backside is still there ― a physical reminder of that terrible night. Doctors say the bullet is too dangerous to remove.

“It’s been a crazy year. Looking back it’s been a lot of ups and downs. But to be honest, I feel so lucky and so grateful to be here today,” Quoicho told Hawaii News Now.

Quoicho said she’s trying to move on and continues to hang out and celebrate life with her friends, who were there that night at the Jason Aldean concert.

"We try to go to concerts and we try to remember, you know, that life is good," Quoicho said.

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting, Quoicho plans to “get back to her roots” and spend the day with her ohana.

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