"It's like a ripple. Oct. 1 is the rock in the water and then Ally's suicide and everything else is a ripple effect."

Twenty-year-old Quinton Robbins died in the Oct. 1 tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. One of his best friends and UNLV sophomore Alexandra Cooley, better known as Ally, was devastated.

Her mother Lynnette said, "We were out of town on vacation with Ally in Utah and I woke up to her screaming bloody murder that Quinton had been shot and that it was on Instagram and Twitter."

While expressing that the family did not understand at the time the severity of his injuries, Ally and her boyfriend began to make their way back to Las Vegas in the middle of the night.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Ally was turned away at the door. By the next morning, the family got the news that Robbins had passed away.

Lynnette added, "If you talk to Tracey Robbins [Quinton's mother] she said, 'If Quinton would've never passed away, none of this would've ever happened.'"

Almost a year removed, her mom still remembers how the loss affected Ally. "She went into quite a depression and she also felt like people were looking at her differently. She had just lost her grandpa, one of her cousins had died by suicide that same year. She just took it really hard that the people she loved kept dying.

"And then it went into 'The world's a bad place, I don't want to live here, I don't want to have babies here,'" she said.

Their lives changed Nov. 4 with a group text that came through at 9:18 a.m.

The text read, "I am so sorry. I love you all." It was sent from Ally to eight of the closest people in her life.

Lynnette said, "As I pulled up to my house, my friend is at my garage trying to open it and as soon as I open my garage and open my back door I could smell the smoke and I could hear her… She was still alive. She was still alive but she had shot herself in the head."

Ally died by suicide that day.

For close to a year, her death has been documented incorrectly according to multiple reports, including one from the Free Press.

In addition, the family explained how they've had trouble getting any television stations to pick up Ally's story.

Lynnette said, "We tried to get Beth Fisher and some other people to do a story on her and the after-effects of the shooting but if they started to do research and all of a sudden there's conflicting things saying she died in a car accident and we're wanting her to do a story on suicide; there's misinformation out there."

Ally's sister, Alissa, said, "Someone on her Facebook page wrote that because we didn't put any information out there. I'm sure there are plenty of people who I'm friends with that had no idea it was suicide until they saw the picture for the suicide walk."

Despite the roadblocks, the family continued the process of life without Ally.

Six months following the Oct. 1 tragedy, Alissa and those closest to Ally participated in the Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Awareness put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Alissa said, "I don't know what our purpose was [aside] from being together and acknowledge what happened instead of being ashamed of it."

Lynnette said, "1,400 people walked and no news media coverage. 45,000 people died by suicide last year and no coverage. Nevada ranks [fifth] in the nation for suicides […] We were just trying to raise awareness and we got there and was like, 'What, no media?'"

"Especially being six months after Oct. 1," Alissa noted.

The gatherings didn't stop there as the family attended another awareness assembly this September.

Alissa said, "Sept. 15 there was a walk organized by the Nevada Coalition for the Prevention of Suicide and September is Suicide Awareness Month."

The family noted organizers traveled to the Las Vegas sign and it was lit purple to honor suicide victims. That night Las Vegas City Hall was set to change its color to purple as well but with about ten people in attendance, it never happened.

According to the family, channel 13 showed up but claimed they were there covering a different story.

Lynnette admitted to falling into a depression resulting in her telling her counselor, "Nobody gives a [expletive]."

Taking the loss of her sister in stride, Alissa feels there is a stigma that comes with deaths by suicide. Alissa said, "When people think of suicide victims, people think they hated their lives and they must've been so sad when that's not the case. In fact, her note said she had a wonderful childhood."