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Family, friends, co-workers grieve innocent bystander's death

LAS VEGAS -- Police need your help finding the people responsible for the shooting death of an innocent bystander.

The shooting happened Friday night in front of a drug and alcohol rehab treatment center near Charleston Boulevard and Lindell Road.

Investigators say the victim, Cassandra Cassidy, had just parked her car and was going into the center for her shift when two women approached her, frantically saying two men were chasing them. They asked to use her cell phone.

Moments later, Cassidy was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Cassidy's mother told 8 News NOW she is still coming to terms with her daughter's death and is grateful for the outpouring of support from family, friends, co-workers and the community.

She is in the process of making funeral arrangements and plans to have a special memorial that embodies who her daughter was as a person.

On Monday, co-workers were still stopping by and paying their respects where 24-year-old Cassandra Cassidy was gunned down Friday night.

"I'm still in shock. It's terrible. It's sad," said David Marlon, president of Solutions Recovery.

People have left flowers, candles, comic books and stuffed animals, all are items that are said to reflect her personality.

"She was a happy, caring person," Marlon said.

Cassidy's boyfriend started a Go Fund Me account to raise money and plant a tree at Desert Breeze Park in her memory.

Co-workers and family describe her as being an environmentalist.

"Initially we would all go through a lot of water bottles and we replaced them to just having one bottle," Marlon said. "We were doing recycling, she was helping us, we were planting extra trees at our facilities."

So far, more than $2,000 has been donated to the account. The goal was to raise $500.

The victim's boyfriend wrote on the account that the extra money will go to help the LGBTQ community, another cause that Cassidy

"I went on this morning and contributed to the Go Fund Me and I encourage folks to help this family and this legacy of Cassandra," Marlson said.

She had been an employee at Solutions Recovery for more than a year. One of her co-workers was her mother.

"The thought of losing a kid, its just terrible," Marlon said.

As her family copes with their loss, Solutions Recovery is also making counselors available for all other clients and staff who need it during this difficult time.

"I'm hoping they find the shooter," Marlon said.

No one has been arrested in the case and investigators are not releasing any suspect information.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.

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