Vail woman killed in Bali bombing |

Vail woman killed in Bali bombing

Matt Zalaznick
Local Balinese offer prayers for the victims at the site of a bomb blast in Kuta, Bali, Friday, Oct. 18, 2002. Nearly 200 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in the Saturday nightclub bombing. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Karri Casner, 23, a recent college graduate who had spent the summer waitressing at the Red Lion, was killed last weekend when a car-bomb exploded near a bustling strip of nightclubs in Bali, a tourist mecca in the island-nation of Indonesia.

Casner’s parents, Bill and Susan, own a home in Eagle-Vail.

“She was adventurous. She was a vivacious, full-of-life kind of lady and out there having fun,” Bud O’Halloran, a friend of the family who lives in Edwards, said Friday.

O’Halloran described the Casners as a close-knit family.

Casner graduated from the University of Boulder in May with a business degree. She had spent the summer in Vail and recently traveled to Bail to attend a surfing camp in Kuta Beach. The beach is world-renowned for surfing.

“She was a big skier and runner,” O’Halloran said. “If you look her up on the Internet, you would see all the races she participated in.”

The blast killed as many as 200 people. But no one realized Casner was missing until her passport was found in her empty hotel room. Her remains were only identified using dental records on Thursday night. Karri had been in Bali about a week, O’Halloran said.

Her parents were returning with Karri’s remains Friday night to their home in Flower Mound, Texas, O’Halloran said. They asked not to be contacted.

“Her daughters were the most important thing to her,” O’Halloran said of Karri’s mother, Susan. “They are devastated.”

Karri is also survived by her sister, Kayce.

“Karri graduated college in May and was taking some time off doing some traveling, which she liked to do,” O’Halloran said.

Karri had not made any definite plans but was considering going into the family business. Her father is part-owner of the WinStar thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky, O’Halloran said.

No memorial services have been scheduled, he said.

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