A gay couple from Utah, Cameron Robinson and Bobby Eardley, were among those present at the Las Vegas terror attack Sunday. Robinson, a father of three, was fatally shot, while boyfriend Eardley took shrapnel to his back.
Speaking to Anderson Cooper on CNN, Eardley shared his memory of his late boyfriend:
"I just can not say enough amazing things about that man. He's such an example to everyone he came into contact with in his life... When I came out four years ago I didn't know how it was all going to go with my family... it took someone as special as Cameron to be able to open eyes for everyone and just learn love and acceptance. I'm so grateful to him for that and for the example that he was for me and my family and my kids."
\u201cBobby Eardley's partner died in Las Vegas: \u201cI just can not say enough amazing things about that man." https://t.co/Xw1gTMa5ef\u201d
Describing some of his final moments with Robinson, Eardley said:
"I just wanted to make sure that he knew that he wasn't alone in those moments and I held him and talked to him the whole time and I know he wasn't the only victim and I know that so many other people are going through exactly what I'm going through and my heart goes out to every single one of them and I just want to make sure that the heroes of the situation are also noticed."
Robinson's close friend, Valerie Alvey, has started a GoFundMe to cover funeral expenses, saying:
"Please help his family and friends raise the much needed funds to cover the funeral and medical expenses. Today we lost an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend to the senseless, horrible tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting. He was full of life and love and so much passion. He loved his family, friends and everyone he came in contact with. He loved to cook, entertain, run marathons, travel, go camping, boating, and the outdoors in general and above all surround himself with those he loved and others. He is an amazing example to all and brought so much light to those he came in contact with. He accomplished so much in such a short time and touched the lives of so many. Between his love to cook and amazing dance moves there was always good times. He was such a caring, giving and loving man. Cameron, you will be greatly missed. We love you so much!"