Community mourns loss of wrestling, Little League coach


The Shippensburg Area School District’s elementary school wrestling coach died on Oct. 1 in the Las Vegas shooting.

Bill Wolfe Jr., 42, of Shippensburg, was one of 59 people killed on the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, according to PennLive. Wolfe graduated from Shippensburg University’s physics program in 1998. He was known for his presence in the Shippensburg community, serving as Little League coach and president of the booster club in addition to his responsibilities with the wrestling team. 

Wolfe and his wife, Robyn, attended the three-day country music festival in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary. As the shooting began, Wolfe became separated from his wife, leaving his condition unknown for two days following the shooting, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Shortly after 10 p.m., Stephen Paddock, 64, armed with 23 semi-automatic weapons, began shooting at festival-goers from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, just across the street from the festival, according to The Washington Post. 

The Newburg First Church of God in Newburg, Pennsylvania, held a prayer vigil on Wednesday for Wolfe, his family and the shooting’s other victims.

The Shippensburg University Marching Band performed the song “Amazing Grace” before the football game against West Chester Sunday afternoon in his honor.

He is survived by his wife and their two sons.


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