A Minnesota father of 3 was killed in the Vegas shooting

His family says the Shorewood man was celebrating his birthday.
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A curbside memorial in Las Vegas.

A curbside memorial in Las Vegas.

Family members of a man from Shorewood, Minnesota, say he was among the 59 people killed in this week's mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Steve Berger's mother tells the Associated Press a phone call confirming his death arrived on Tuesday afternoon. 

Mary Berger says her son was celebrating his 44th birthday at the country music festival where a gunman opened fire from a room in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Sunday night. 

Steve Berger worked as a financial adviser in the Twin Cities after growing up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the Journal Sentinel reports.

His sister, Christine Moore, tells the newspaper Berger was with a group of six people who tried to revive him after he was shot in the chest or back. But Moore says the group was forced to evacuate the area and leave him behind. 

She described him as fun-loving, hardworking, and a great father to his children, who are 8, 12, and 15. 

Former Minnesotan improving after surgery

A Minnesota native critically injured in the shooting remains hospitalized. 

But his sister-in-law said in a Facebook post Tuesday that Philip Aurich is showing improvement after surgery.

Aurich, a father of two, now lives in Las Vegas. He's a 1999 graduate of Concordia Academy in Roseville, where his father was a teacher for many years. The school posted a statement asking for prayers for the family. 

Gov. Mark Dayton's statement on the tragedy also asked Minnesotans to keep Aurich and his family in their thoughts and prayers. 

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