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Friend recounts tense hours as family learns of Bailey Schweitzer's death in Las Vegas

For two hours Sunday night and Monday morning, Matt Woessner thought everything was going to be OK.

His friend’s daughter, Bailey Schweitzer, had been shot in the collarbone at a concert in Las Vegas.

But someone in Las Vegas had gotten a hold of Scott Schweitzer’s number and called to tell him his daughter was hurt but she was awake and alert.

Schweitzer called his friend to tell him the good news amid all the horrible details that had been coming out of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting.

“The feeling was jubilation,” Woessner said Wednesday. “Our family was thanking God.”

But two hours later during that sleepless night, Scott Schweitzer called Woessner again.

“We lost Bay,” he said.


The two families have been friends since Woessner and his wife, Robin, and Scott and Crissy Schweitzer met while the two couples were signing papers to purchase homes in the same neighborhood 24 years ago.

They bonded over faith, family and patriotism, and at big family barbecues in the Schweitzers’ backyard.

The Schweitzers are a close-knit family, Woessner said, working together at the Bakersfield Speedway, which Scott Schweitzer owns.

They travel together – always together – in the off-season.

Bailey Schweitzer, Woessner said, was a leader and an awesome aunt to her brother Dakota’s two children.

“She was always with those kids,” he said.

She was a master at being a friend to everyday people.

“She didn’t care if you had money. She didn’t care if you didn’t have money,” he said.


Robin Woessner reached out to Crissy Schweitzer Saturday night as she and her husband were driving to the Tim McGraw concert.

Crissy was having a great time with her daughter at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event in Las Vegas.

“For her and mom to get away for a ladies trip...,” Matt Woessner said. “It’s hard to get away.”

Then Sunday came.

Woessner said his son came in from work late Sunday and told them to turn on the news. There had been a shooting at Route 91.

Robin Woessner immediately called Crissy.

Someone she didn’t know answered the phone.

Crissy was OK. But she wasn’t able to talk.

“Some good Samaritans had picked up Crissy,” Woessner said, and gotten her to safety.

But Bailey wasn’t with her.

“We called Scott. Scott just said, ‘Crissy’s fine but we do not know where Bailey is,’” Woessner said.

He and his sons were on the road, rushing to Vegas.

The next update was good news. Someone had gotten Scott Schweitzer’s cell number.

They were with Bailey. She’d been hit by a bullet in the collarbone.

But she was OK.

The Woessners couldn’t sleep.

Two hours went by. Scott Schweitzer called again.

Bailey was gone.


Matt Woessner is handling the barrage of media attention for the Schweitzers.

The past few days have been a blur, he said.

Right now Bailey's death feels like information.

It isn’t real.

The Schweitzer family is still in Las Vegas waiting for Bailey’s body to be released by authorities.

Woessner is trying to be there for his friend, when he's needed.

"I keep the texts to a minimum,” he said. “We’ve got to give them time to adjust.”

And, when Woessner thinks about Las Vegas, he tries to focus on the good things many people did there.

"People stepped up to the plate. When the bullets were flying they went back in,” he said. “People stepped up for each other. That’s America."

James Burger can be reached at 661‑395-7415. Follow him on Twitter: @KernQuirks.


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