San Jose

Family, Friends Remember South Bay Woman Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

Michelle Vo, who graduated from Independence High School, described as ambitious, selfless

A South Bay native who was among 58 people killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday was remembered as vivacious, ambitious and selfless.

Michelle Vo, 32, grew up in San Jose and graduated from Independence High School, where she was student body vice president and graduated in 2003. Her friends and family say she was always looking out for others and enjoyed being adventurous.

Vo tweeted a photo of herself at the country music festival in Las Vegas just minutes before she was gunned down. She was among three Bay Area women killed in the shooting.

Her brother-in-law said she was incredibly selfless.

"She would teach you new levels of kindness, and you would become a better person because of her, without even knowing it," Paul Warren said.

Vo was active in performing arts at Independence High and later graduated from UC Davis. That's where Malcolm Phan said they became best friends.

"She's always loving life and striving to be the best she could be," Phan said. "She gives everything her all."

Vo had been living in Southern California, but before she made the move, she worked as an executive assistant at Synopsys in Mountain View.

"She was vivacious," former co-worker Rich Goldman said. "She brought joy and sunshine to everyone around her constantly."

The East Side Union School District released a statement Tuesday, saying in part, "Michelle is remembered fondly by staff who knew her and are shocked by this tragedy. Our condolences go out to Michelle’s family and friends, as well as the families and friends of the many victims who lost their lives."

Vo's relatives and close friends were still in disbelief that the woman who gave so much of her life to others had her own life cut short.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of a company Vo worked for.

Contact Us