Mansfield mother among victims of Round Rock shooting – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Among the victims of Juneteenth celebrations in the city of Round Rock last weekend is a North Texan native.

The free festival took place in Old Settlers Park, about 20 minutes north of Austin. Lyndsey Vicknair was well known and loved by many in Mansfield.

“I have known Lyndsey Vicknair since she was a child. She was baptized in this church,” said Dr. Michael Evans, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

“She is a product of Mansfield High School. I think she is the symbol of what you want in a typical American young woman. Her parents own a business here in Mansfield. They are a philanthropic family. She is a philanthropist herself.”

Lyndsey and her husband Kevin Vicknair were together at a Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock on Saturday night. Round Rock police said an altercation broke out between two groups during a concert and someone started shooting.

The Vicknairs were eating when they heard gunshots. Innocent bystanders, including Lyndsey, were shot just before 11 p.m.

“She said, 'I'm hit,'” Kevin said at a press conference on Monday. Kevin said he performed CPR on his wife, but she died.

Vicknair and Ara Duke were pronounced dead at the scene. Several others were injured.

The couple raised their three children, ages one to seven, in their central Texas home. On Sunday, he had to tell his children that their mother would never come home again.

“It was a feeling of disbelief,” Evans said. Evans said he got a call from Lyndsey's mother around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

“My wife and I (and) members of the church made our way to Austin. And of course we realized it wasn't a nightmare. It was real that something so tragic could happen to a woman who was such a nice lady. Just a great person.”

Lyndsey was a well-respected attorney in the Austin area.

On Monday afternoon, the Austin Bar Association released a brief statement expressing condolences to Lyndsey's family.

“Austin Bar and AYLA member Lyndsey D. Vicknair of The Chapman Firm was killed at the Round Rock Juneteenth concert. Our prayers are with her husband Kevin and their three children,” the statement said.

According to her employer's website, Lyndsey's legal career has spanned a variety of areas, including business, construction, media and entertainment law.

“Prior to joining The Chapman Firm, Lyndsey served as legal counsel for the United States Army Corps of Engineers on various construction-related matters,” the website states. “Lyndsey was named a 2023 Texas Super Lawyer 'Rising Star' in the area of ​​construction litigation, as reported by Super Lawyers Magazine; Thomson Reuters.”

Evans said Lyndsey enjoyed giving back to her community in Mansfield.

“When you needed food from the pantry, she was the one who brought boxes of canned goods during hurricanes and tornadoes,” Evans said. “When we did mission work, she was the one who brought those donations… She taught her children the same thing. On their birthdays, they didn't get birthday presents, but they engaged in community service. They gave on their birthdays.”

Now her husband, family and friends are preparing to pay their final respects to Lyndsey and celebrate all she accomplished in her 33 years. Family members have also started a GoFundMe campaign to support Vicknair's family.

“We lost a person who was very giving,” Evans said. “She was a great wife, mother and well-rounded human being. She was the picture of what you want in your child. And her life was cut short by senseless violence … because of foolish behavior. It makes me sick. It's an epidemic in American society right now.”

Lyndsey's family and friends are invited to a private wake in Mansfield on Friday evening, followed by a celebration of life on Saturday.

Police do not have a suspect in custody. Law enforcement is looking for a black male, 19 to 20 years old, 5'7″ tall, slim build, with short dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Round Rock Police have set up an online portal where witnesses can upload photos and video evidence from Saturday.