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Dockworker families pull together as workers recover from Las Vegas shooting

Note: ILWU Local 13 Brothers Mike Ljubic, Doug Cotter and Ambrose Russo are among the injured. Please continue to show them your love and support as they recover from this traumatic event. Our hearts break for all of the fallen and injured in Las Vegas.

From the Daily Breeze:

Two Port of Los Angeles dockworkers who were shot in the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival concert in Las Vegas remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Mike Ljubic, a 41-year-old crane mechanic from San Pedro, underwent two surgeries Monday for injuries he sustained from a gunshot wound in the back. Ljubic was shielding his wife, Michelle, when he was shot Sunday night.

Doug Cotter, 48, of Garden Grove — among the group of friends with Ljubic — also sustained injuries that were more serious than originally reported. He was shot in the arm but the bullet reportedly traveled to his intestines, according to friends.

Meanwhile, friends and co-workers from Local 13 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have set up a GoFundMe page for Ljubic, the father of two young children.

“He is doing better,” said John Iacono, who was with the group but was not injured. Iacono and the others remain in Las Vegas as their friends recover. “Obviously, it will be a long road.”

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