Hundreds of people gathered to show support for Tina Tintor and her golden retriever, Max, with a “Pack Walk” in Las Vegas. Tintor and her canine friend were the two victims in the car accident involving former Raider Henry Ruggs on Nov. 2.
The Walk took place in the Town Square shopping center on Saturday, just two days after the 23-year-old was laid to rest.
Tintor’s family brought her other dog, a 3-year-old husky named Bella, to the walk.
“Las Vegas is a large community of dog lovers and knowing this unfortunate event brought so many feelings,” one of the organizers told Fox5 KVVU-TV.
“We need this. We need the family to know the community is here for them as well.”
The family was also honored with over $103,000 in donations to her GoFundMe that was launched a few days after her death.
Tintor, a 23-year-old Vegas resident, had worked at a Target close to her home and the crash site. The store is providing grief counselors to deal with her death.
Her manager, Travis Winston, told TMZ, “”We’re deeply saddened by the death of our former team member, Tina Tintor. We extend our sympathies to her family and friends, and to all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Ruggs was reportedly driving 156mph just before the wreck, breaking down to 127mph right before impact, and was tested at a .161 BAC, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Prosecutors in his case have filed five felonies, as a result of his accident that left one woman dead.
Prosecutors now have decided to charge Ruggs with additional felony counts of DUI and reckless driving due to the injuries suffered by his passenger, girlfriend Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who also goes by Rudy Washington. The misdemeanor charge is possession of a firearm while under the influence, stemming from a loaded gun found in Ruggs’ car at the scene.
Ruggs’ accident marks the fourth active NFL player in the last 25 years to be involved in a drunk-driving incident that resulted in death. The Las Vegas police tweeted that “Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death, and according to USA Today, conviction on these charges could result in a sentence of two to 20 years in prison, under Nevada Law, which identifies the charge as a Class B felony.
All three previous players not only got lighter sentences than the average citizen would, all three returned to the NFL.