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#5 For This Family of Las Vegas Police Officers, Lives Forever Changed by a Mass Shooting

© Roger Kisby for The New York Times
From left, Branden Clarkson, his mother Brandi Lewis, his father Dave Lewis and his brother Casey Clarkson at Las Vegas police headquarters.

LAS VEGAS — As he lay in a bed inside the crowded hospital one year ago, Detective Casey Clarkson remembers calmly wondering whether doctors would ever be able to remove the bullet shard lodged deep in his neck. Weeks later, the shard would be gone. But the wounds from that night would haunt him for months to come.

When the gunfire began to rain down just hours before at a country music festival, he was working an overtime shift for the Las Vegas Police Department. Even after he was hit, he continued to help the wounded.

But Casey was not the only member of his family on duty that night. His twin brother, Branden Clarkson, was directing officers from the police command post. Their stepfather, Dave Lewis, would soon be sifting through the sprawling crime scene, overseeing the cleanup of the massive concert field soaked with blood. And Brandi Lewis, their mother and a retired civilian police department employee, later rushed through the hospital while her son lay on a gurney, offering her cellphone to anyone who needed it.

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It’s been 12 months since the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, which left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded, and the experience of the Clarksons during that time shows how many who were there that night are still struggling.

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