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updated: 12/18/2012 5:49 PM

Victim in Vegas hotel murder-suicide graduated from Grayslake High

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A woman killed in what's believed to have been a murder-suicide in a Las Vegas hotel lobby was a Grayslake High School graduate, officials confirmed.

Jessica Kenny, 30, died from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and chest last week from what's tentatively classified as a homicide, Clark County Coroner P. Michael Murphy said.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said Edward Brandt, 31, of Lake Forest entered Excalibur Hotel and Casino about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and used a handgun to fire several shots toward the lobby concierge desk, killing Kenny. Murphy said Brandt died from a self-inflicted bullet wound to his head and his death was considered a suicide.

Police said an investigation indicated "there may have been a previous dating relationship" between Kenny and Brandt. Police spokesman Marcus Martin said investigators found Brandt harbored anger toward Kenny for more than two years before the shooting.

Denise Kindle, assistant superintendent for personnel services at Grayslake High School District 127, said Tuesday that Kenny graduated from there in January 2000. Kindle said District 127 had only one building at the time, so Kenny graduated from what's now called Grayslake Central High School.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this most difficult time," Kindle said.

Police said emergency calls were received about shots possibly being fired in Excalibur's lobby.

They said patrol officers found Kenny and Brandt on the ground near the concierge desk suffering from gunshot wounds.

Kenny was working for travel company at the hotel-casino's concierge desk when she was shot. She died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, police said.

Police said Brandt stayed at Excalibur for two days before confronting Kenny. Authorities said Brandt acted alone.

No one else was reported to have been struck by the bullets that authorities said Brandt fired. He was pronounced dead at Excalibur.

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