MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. A Maple Valley woman was the passenger in the taxi cab involved in a fiery crash in Las Vegas Thursday.

Sandi Sutton of Maple Valley was among three people who died after a violent scene played out on the Vegas strip.

There was an altercation involving a man named Kenny Cherry at the Aria resort-casino that escalated and spilled into the street in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, according to police.

Investigators said Cherry was driving northbound on Las Vegas Boulevard in a silver Maserati when he was hit by gunfire from a black Range Rover. Cherry s car spun out of control into a taxi cab and several other cars. The taxi caught fire and exploded, killing the two people inside. Cherry also was pronounced dead. Six others were injured.

Family members confirmed that Michael Boldon was driving the taxi, according to the Associated Press.

Sandi Sutton was the passenger in the taxi, according to her family members who released a statement to KING 5 Friday afternoon:

On behalf of Sandi s family, Sandi was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister. Her innocent and tragic loss will be felt by all of those who knew and loved her and by the community at large. Her family appreciates the out pouring of love and support, and respect for privacy shown throughout this very difficult time.

Sutton worked for the Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce.

Executive Director Sue VanRuff released this statement Friday evening: Words cannot express our loss and grief. Sandi exemplified the heart and soul of our community. She was much loved.

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