On Sunday night, 58 people were killed in attack on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearly 500 others were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in modern U.S. history. The alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, shot into the crowd from his hotel window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino using an arsenal of 23 weapons, including at least one fully automatic rifle. Paddock is believed to have killed himself following the attack.
Although Las Vegas County is not yet confirming the names of those who were killed, friends, family members, and employers have begun to identify the victims themselves.
Here is what we know about those who have been identified so far.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 5, 2017
Mestas, 67, a Menifee, California native, was a retired gas station, convenience store and deli manager who loved traveling, country music, and being with family, according to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV. She was standing near the front of the stage on Sunday when she was shot and killed.
“[Pati] loved to laugh, loved to smile — a big smile that would light up the whole of her face,” Mestas’ cousin, Tom Smith, told KLAS, saying it was “difficult for life to defeat her.”
Speaking with the Press-Enterprise, friend Isa Bahu recalled, “She went to almost every country show in driving distance. She was an amazing woman. She was a good person. She had a great heart.”
According to the outlet, Mestas leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Teresa Nicol Kimura
— O.C. Register (@ocregister) October 4, 2017
Placentia, California resident Teresa Nicol Kimura, 38, was attending the concert with six friends on Sunday night when she was shot and killed during the second burst of gunfire. Kimura is survived by her sister and parents.
One of Kimura’s friends, Pastor Ryan Miller of the For His Glory Community Church in Fullerton, told the O.C. Register that Kimura, an employee at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, had an “infectious laugh and vivacious personality.”
“Her personality will never be replaced, and her being gone leaves a gap in our lives,” he said. “…“She was always loving and considerate to her friends. Her spirit will live on with us forever.”
In a post on a GoFundMe page Miller established for Kimura’s family, he added, “She did not deserve this and we are heartbroken […].”
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 5, 2017
According to AZ Family, 61-year-old Schwanbeck of Bullhead City, Arizona had been attending the Route 91 concert with his fiancée, Anna Orozco, when he was shot. He died of his injuries at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday, after his loved ones made the decision to remove him from life support, a family member told the Mohave Daily News.
“It’s totally, totally sad,” the family member said. “…We’re all numb. That’s exactly how we’re getting through this.”
“Brett was a great man that was funny, generous, kind, loving and so full of joy,” Schwanbeck’s niece, Carla Van Hoosen, wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to cover the family’s travel expenses and Schwanbeck’s funeral arrangements. “He would drive 500 miles to help you if you needed it. He loved his family dearly and cherished lake trips, family gatherings, hunting, camping and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was so loving and this tra[gedy] is so difficult on everyone close to him.”
— Kristen Drew (@KDrewKOMO) October 3, 2017
Parsons, a 31-year-old, recently-engaged Arizona State University graduate, was on a girls trip with her friends when she was reportedly struck by a bullet while attending the three-day festival.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” Parsons’ friend, Laura Cooper, told Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO News. “…I woke up (this morning) and I thought ‘Is this real? Did this actually happen or is this just a bad nightmare?’ No, it’s real—a senseless tragedy I can’t make sense of.”
Cooper said she had called Parsons’ phone immediately after learning of the tragedy, but received no answer. Parsons’ mother later informed Cooper that her daughter had been shot. A few hours later, Parsons’ loved ones were told she hadn’t made it.
“She was a one in a million friend,” Cooper said. “She would always say ‘live, laugh, love’ and she did that.”
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 5, 2017
Twenty-four-year-old Austin Meyer was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert with fiancée Dana Getreu in celebration of both his birthday and their anniversary, Meyer’s sister told Monterey NBC affiliate KSBW TV on Thursday. The Marina, California resident was a “big fan” of the band Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, who were one of the acts performing at the festival, she said.
“Austin was a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face, was (witty) and was always making people laugh. He was passionate about cars, loved sports, basketball in particular, and his favorite team (was) the Boston Celtics,” Veronica Meyer said, describing her brother, a student at Truckee Meadows Community College, as “ambitious, smart, and hardworking.” The 24-year-old had been earning his degree in Transportation Technologies.
“He had dreams of opening his own auto repair shop after graduation. He was excited to get married and start a family,” she added.
Meyer’s family this week thanked the first responders that gave him medical aid following the shooting, according to KSBW.
— Angie Crouch (@AngieNBCLA) October 3, 2017
Patterson, 46, was a beloved member of her community, a friend of hers, Dennis Kim, told AZ Central.
She ran a hardwood-flooring business with her husband, for whom Kim said she was a light.
“She came into his life and pretty much was the light during his dark days,” he said, and added that she was a devoted Catholic who loved her church.
“I can’t believe she’s gone,” Patterson’s husband, Robert, told local media. “Once I didn’t hear from her for over a day, then I knew that something very bad had happened.”
— The Courier (@wcfcourier) October 4, 2017
Kreibaum, 33, was killed at the concert she attended with two friends, both of whom were unharmed, according to The Sioux City Journal. Kreibaum’s sister confirmed Kreibaum’s death to The Des Moines Register late Tuesday.
Kreibaum was a native of Iowa, and she graduated from Wayne State College. She had two young children.
The Sutherland Church of Christ hosted a community prayer gathering held a vigil for Kreibaum Monday night.
My friend Keri Galvan, mother of 3 young children, was senselessly killed in Vegas. Please read, donate, retweet. 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/eqot9XLyJE
— Stefanie Reines (@stefaniereines) October 3, 2017
Galvin, 31, leaves behind three children. She attended the concert with her husband and a group of friends, all of whom survived the shooting. Galvin and her family lived in Thousand Oaks, California.
“Her days started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother,” Galvan’s sister wrote on a GoFundMe page she set up.
On Twitter, a friend, Stefanie Reines, mourned her friend.
“You never think this will happen to someone you know,” Reines tweeted. “And then it did. This beautiful, amazing, kind and generous person who made everyone smile leaves behind 3 young kids, a husband, a mother, a sister all who she loved dearly… and so many of us who cared for her.”
— TOHS Alumni (@TOHSAlumni) October 4, 2017
Hazencomb, 44, attended the concert with a friend, Nicole Torres. When the shooting began, Hazelcomb reportedly shielded Torres and saved her life.
He loved sports and worked at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, where he was well-liked.
On a GoFundMe page Torres set up, she wrote he was a “very kind man that everyone loved dearly.”
“As we are dealing with this loss, I am also thinking of his kind mom and the struggles she is about to go through,” Torres wrote.
Hazencomb’s mother, Maryanne, talked about her son to local media.
“He was good to everybody,” she said. “He’d go out on the limb for everybody.”
Shipp, 50, was from Thousand Oaks, California, and attended the concert with her son, Corey, who survived the shooting.
Family members confirmed her death on Tuesday.
Shipp moved from California to Nevada five years ago to be closer to her son, from whom she was separated during the chaos, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn.
On a GoFundMe page set up in Shipp’s memory, Shipp’s niece Paris Shipp wrote, “Those of us who know Laura can attest to her huge heart and contagious spirit. We ask that you all remember her that way, just as we will.”
Rocio Guillen Rocha
Rocha, 40, was a mother of four children whose cousin described her as “young, beautiful, happy, [and] hard-working.”
Rocha’s children are 18, 13, one, and six weeks old.
Vanessa Pineda Rocha, who set up the GoFundMe page for her cousin, said Rocha loved sports and loved supporting her children who played baseball. She was engaged to be married.
“Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother as she would always say,” the GoFundMe page says. “May you RIP my beautiful cousin with a heart of gold. We love you.”
Castilla, 28, was with her boyfriend, sister, and a friend at the concert celebrating her birthday.
According to the GoFundMe page set up by Castilla’s aunt, Castilla’s friends carried her out of the concert area and shielded her body while they were shot at. The fund has set up in her name raised more than $50,000 in a single day.
Castilla’s Facebook page says she attended Cypress College and worked at Sephora, according to the Orange County Register.
Link, 55, loved music, and he was killed at the concert he attended with his friends, according to Bakersfield.com.
“He’s such a welcoming person,” Vincent Link, Victor’s nephew told Bakersfield.com. “The kind of guy who’s going to give a shirt off his back who I could always go to for guidance. I’m going to miss him more than I could imagine in this moment.”
His son also mourned Link’s death on Facebook.
“Thank you so much for being the best dad anyone son could ever have. I could type for hours saying how great of a man you were and how everyone loves you so so much,” Link’s son Christian wrote. “I’m so sorry. I just want to tell you how much I love you and I’m going to do all the things that we talked about but this time I’m actually going to do it! I love you Dad I’m so sorry you had to go.”
Fraser, 39, attended the concert with several of his friends and family members, none of whom were injured in the attack.
Nick Arellano, whose mother married Fraser when Arellano was a teen, spoke to the Orange County Register about Fraser, and said Fraser loved to fish, hunt, and snowboard.
“He served as my rock and my mentor,” said Nick Arellano, 25, whose mother married Fraser when Arellano was a teen. “He became my dad and my father figure. He helped anyone who asked. That’s why people loved and adored him.”
Fraser was a graduate of Cal Poly Pamona, and he worked for a mortgage company in Southern California.
On a GoFundMe page set up by his sisters-in-law, he was described as “a bigger than life man taken far too soon.”
— Jeremy Goins, Ed.D (@jeremyegoins) October 3, 2017
Davis, 29, was an only child, and he was his parents’ “pride and joy to every extent,” a friend who set up a GoFundMe page wrote.
The friend who set up the page said Davis’s parents went straight to Las Vegas as soon as they heard their son was possibly wounded or killed.
“Their bond as a family is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed,” the GoFundMe page says. “If [Davis] knew u, he loved you. That’s just how he cared for people.”
Stewart, 30, died shielding his girlfriend, Gia Iantuono, from the bullets, Iantuono told WSLS 10.
Iantuono said she would not have survived if Stewart hadn’t protected her. Stewart’s friends and family members say he loved country music, and a friend of his, Brian Haverkamp, told local media Stewart lit up every room he was in.
“Every time you see him he just puts a big smile. I see him coming down the road and he gives me the goofiest wave and smiles all the time,” Haverkamp said.
Rivera, 21, attended the concert with her mother because she loved country music, a family friend told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The Rivera family is amazing, and I’m numb,” the family friend, Mike Schrader, said.
Rivera was studying health care management at California State University, San Bernardino and a member of the national health education honor society.
On Tuesday, her university president, Tomas Morales, emailed staff and students confirming Rivera’s death, writing, “As one of her faculty members noted, we will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy and kindness.”
Another friend of Rivera’s, Jonah Hamilton, told the Review-Journal that Rivera was a “very genuine and caring person.”
Derrick “Bo” Taylor
Taylor, 52, was a California correctional officer who let inmates in fighting wildfires. He had worked for the California Correctional Department for 29 years, according to the department’s spokesman, Bill Sessa.
Taylor attended the concert with his partner, Denise Cohen, who also died in the shooting.
Taylor’s niece described her uncle to NBC Bay Area as “the nicest guy in the world” and said he made everyone laugh.
Sessa told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Taylor was dedicated to his job.
“The relationships between the officers and the inmate firefighters is much more personal,” Sessa said. “The officers take a lot of dedication to helping these inmates turn these lives around.”
In a memo to staff, the warden, Joel Martinez, wrote, “There are no words to express the feeling of loss and sadness regarding Bo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We truly are a family here at SCC and Bo’s loss will be felt throughout the prison, conservation camps, and Department.”
SADLY – confirmed – Denise Cohen (Carpinteria) and Bo (Derrick) Taylor (Oxnard) died in the Las Vegas massacre. Both had two boys. pic.twitter.com/lKe470hL5q
— John Palminteri (@KEYTNC3JohnP) October 3, 2017
According to NBC Bay Area, Taylor’s partner, Cohen, 57, also died in the gunfire Sunday. The couple lived together in California and attended the concert together to celebrate his birthday.
Cohen’s son told NBC his mother radiated light, and a friend of hers, Leana Orsua, said she hopes Cohen didn’t suffer.
“I know she was in a happy place,” Orsuna said. “She was dancing and singing, and I think that’s what she’s doing in heaven.”
Heather Warino Alvarado
Alvarado, 35, was a mother of three from Cedar City, Utah. She attended the festival with her family. Her husband, a firefighter, confirmed her death in a statement Tuesday. He said they loved to travel as a family.
“She always saw the good in others,” the statement from her husband said. “She spent her whole life serving others in her family and community… She was happiest when she was together with her family, especially her children and she would do anything for them.”
Meadows, 27, was a substitute teacher working in California. Her brother confirmed her death on Facebook Tuesday.
“It is with an absolutely shattered heart that I let everyone know that Kelsey did not survive this tragic event,” Brad Meadows wrote Tuesday. “Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we try and move past this horrible time.”
“Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children,” Mary Alice Finn, principal of Taft Union High School — Meadows’ alma mater — said in a statement. The school is holding a candlelight vigil for Meadows Wednesday night.
Ramirez, 26, a native of Southern California, was killed in the shooting, California State University, Bakersfield, Ramirez’s alma mater, confirmed Tuesday.
Ramirez graduated from the school in 2014, where she studied business administration.
“We are terribly saddened to learn that we lost a member of our CSUB family in this senseless act of violence,” university President Horace Mitchell said in a statement Tuesday. “Our entire CSUB campus community is heartbroken, and we send our deepest sympathies to Melissa Ramirez’s family and friends.”
The university lowered the flags to half-mast this week in honor of Ramirez and the other victims of the shooting.
Bowers, 40, was a single mother who rarely took time for herself, according to friends and family, so they were happy when she decided to travel from California to Vegas for the country music festival.
“She never had any support, except herself,” Bowers’ grandmother, Patricia Zacker, told the OC Register.
Bowers’ aunt, Vicki Jeffries, told the register that Bowers worked very hard and took care of her two children, as well as her adopted niece.
“It’s just a tragedy. It’s absolutely devastating,” Jeffries said. “She was truly a beautiful person.”
Silva, 21, was working security at the festival Sunday when he was killed. His death was confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Gina Argento, the office manager for Contemporary Services Corporation, which provided security. Silva had worked for the corporation for three years, she said.
Agento said Silva acted as a first responder, helping others to escape.
“He was trying to help people get out,” she said. “He was in front of the stage. He was in front of everything.”
Berger, 44, was a father of three and a financial adviser from Minnesota who went to the festival with friends.
His parents went days without word, they told local media. They were finally notified of their son’s death Tuesday afternoon.
“He’s our only son,” Richard Berger, Steven’s father told the local Fox station. “It’s terrible. At least now we know. Now we got busy things to do with three grandchildren.”
Berger’s mother, Mary Berger, told Fox her son was fun-loving and a hard worker. He went to the festival to celebrate his birthday.
His three children are eight, 11, and 15.
Robinson, 28, lived in St. George, Utah, and was attending the concert with his boyfriend, his sister told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
According to his sister, Meghan Ervin, Robinson commuted to Vegas from St. George for work, where he was a legal records specialist for the city.
In a Facebook post, Ervin said Robinson was her best friend.
“The mass shooting in Vegas took a life from me and my family,” she wrote Monday. “Took my baby brother! My best friend! I can’t even breath right now my body is so numb! I feel like this is a horrible nightmare. He was the best uncle, brother, son, [companion]/boyfriend anyone could ask for. I honestly feel lost. He was so happy and an amazing man in his life! I will never understand this.”
Vo, 32, was a fan of the Golden State Warriors and had a peppy smile, her friends have told local media outlets. Vo worked in the insurance industry, and when she was shot, her friends tried to carry her away from the chaos.
She was a graduate of UC Davis and living in Los Angeles before she was killed.
A friend of Vo’s, Casey Lubin, told Buzzfeed she believed all the “love and effort [Vo] gave to others in her life would come back” and said Vo was “the most vibrant, passionate, brave and kind person” she has ever met.
Medig, 28, was attending the music festival for the third year in a row, according to the CBC. After her death was confirmed, many of her friends mourned her death on Facebook.
“Calla was among the kindest and warm-hearted, beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Medig’s former co-worker Bailey Huebner wrote.
Another friend, Kennedy Brideau, said Medig was “a super bright and amazing person [who] was taken from the world too soon.”
Medig was born and raised in Alberta, Canada.
Tara Roe Smith
BREAKING: 34yo Tara Roe Smith of Okotoks, AB confirmed as 4th Canadian victim of Sunday's Las Vegas shooting. pic.twitter.com/PLs95LSQOl
— Laurence Wall (@LaurenceWall) October 3, 2017
Roe Smith, 34, attended the concert with her husband, Zach, according to The Huffington Post. Roe Smith’s death was confirmed to the Huffington Post by her aunt, Val Rogers Tuesday afternoon.
Roe Smith lived in Alberta, Canada. She was the mother of two young sons. Rogers described her niece as “a beautiful soul.”
Fifty-year-old Etcheber, a mother of two, was married to a San Francisco police officer and worked as a hairdresser.
Her brother-in-law Al Etcheber, confirmed her death on Facebook Tuesday, writing, “It’s with a heavy heart and deep sorrow, Stacee Etcheber has passed away. Please pray for our family during this difficult time. She leaves behind two adoring beautiful children and an amazing husband… We will dearly miss you…….”
The superintendent of her children’s school district sent an email Tuesday morning, as well.
“Our hearts go out to Stacee’s husband and their two children who attend San Ramon Elementary and Sinaloa Middle School, as well as to all the other victims and their loved ones,” the superintendent wrote. “Tragedies like these have a tremendous impact on each of our lives and leave us shaken and questioning where we can truly be safe. There are no easy answers to that question.”
Etcheber’s daughter is 13. Her son is 10. She had been married to her husband for 13 years.
Murfitt, 35, was a fisher who went to the the Route 91 Harvest festival concert to celebrate a successful fishing season.
“He had such a great time when he went before, and he wanted to treat himself for a successful fishing season,” his sister, Shannon Gothard, told The New York Times.
Murfitt went to the concert with a friend, Brian MacKinnon, who posted a photo of the two of them together at the festival on Facebook. “Sadly he died in my arms,” MacKinnon wrote. “I don’t really know what else to say at this time. I’m really sorry.”
Another friend of Murfitt’s, Harry Leffler, told Alaska’s KTUU that he had driven to a cabin with Murfitt last week. Leffler told KTUU the pair listened to Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was performing when the shooting happened, during their drive.
“He just doesn’t deserve to die,” Leffler told the station. “He would always make you smile. He always told you he loved you.”
Melton, 29, died protecting his wife, Heather Gulish Melton, from Paddock’s bullets. Melton worked in the surgical unit at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.
“I felt him get shot in the back,” Gulish Melton told Tennesee station WCYB. “I want everyone to know what a kindhearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
“He was a very kind, compassionate, genuine person who lived life to the fullest, and he took great care of our patients,” Amy Garner, a spokeswoman for the hospital where Melton worked, said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke about Melton Monday as well, telling reporters Melton and his wife had been married for only a year and had traveled from Tennessee for the concert.
“When the bullets began raining down from above, Sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers,” Sanders said on Monday.
Smith, 53, was described as a “wonderful woman, an advocate for… children, and a friend,” by the parent teacher association at the elementary school where she worked in Simi Valley, California.
She had two children, and her father, Tom Rementer, told The New York Times she was “a wonderful person.”
McIldoon, 23, would have celebrated his 24th birthday Friday, according to his relatives.
A bartender at the concert, Heather Gooze, told the CBC she stayed with McIldoon while he died, saying “I would never want myself or one of my family members to be left alone.” Gooze was left to break the news of McIldoon’s death to his girlfriend, Amber, who attended the concert with McIldoon. Amber was unharmed.
McIldoon’s parents confirmed their son’s death to the CBC.
“We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”
Romero-Muniz’s husband took her to the concert as an anniversary gift after forgetting their anniversary the year before.
“She was beyond excited,” Rosie Fernandez, a friend of Romero-Muniz’s and her superviser at the high school where they worked, told the Times. “For her husband to remember her anniversary and do all of that, this was a big thing for her.”
Romero was an “incredible, loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students,” interim superintendent of Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools Mike Hyatt said at a press conference on Monday.
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) October 2, 2017
Klymchuk, 28, was a mother of four, bus driver, and librarian. Several Canadian outlets have reported that Klymchuk was visiting Las Vegas with her fiance.
Klymchuk’s fiancé, Brett Irla, described Klymchuk on Facebook as “the most amazing woman.”
Robbins, 20, was a student at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and he attended the concert with his girlfriend, who was not injured in the shooting. His girlfriend told his family that two strangers tried to carry Robbins out of the crowd to get help before the bullets stopped.
“He was the most kind and loving soul,” Kilee Wells Sanders, Robbins’ aunt, wrote on Facebook. “Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many. So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul.”
The Washington Post reported that Robbins had been considering attending dental school.
Parker, 33, died in the hospital after being shot during the concert. She worked for the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years as a records technician.
The department confirmed Parker’s death in a statement.
“She will be greatly missed,” the statement said.
Casey, 35, was a middle school special education teacher. She attended the concert with several other Manhattan Beach Middle School employees, all of whom were unharmed, according to The Daily Breeze.
“This is unbelievably sad and tragic,” school Superintendent Mike Matthews said in a statement.
“[Casey] is loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her way,” the district said in a release. “She has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years.”
Casey’s fiancé, Christopher Willemse, told the Washington Post he and Casey loved country music and got engaged in April. The pair had been looking for wedding venues.
Willemse posted a photo of the two of them on Facebook Monday.
“As I sit and mourn such a beautiful life gone too fast, all I can say is look up and watch the birds fly high and free today as that’s where I feel you smiling down upon all of us,” he wrote. “I love you baby girl! Love you to pieces!”
— ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) October 3, 2017
Anderson, 49, was a hockey fan from Alaska who attended the concert with her daughters. Her husband’s workplace, Alaska Housing Finance Corp., confirmed her death in an email to employees, according to Alaska station KTUU.
“Dorene was the most beautiful, kind and giving woman I have ever known. She loved her husband and girls with a passion we could never match,” Gayle Simmons White, a friend of Anderson’s, wrote after learning of her death. “I admired her every action action. She was an angel on earth and will forever walk in our lives.”
— Kristen Sze (@abc7kristensze) October 3, 2017
Barnette was a Disney employee killed while attending the concert. Her death was confirmed by Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger.
“Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for ten years and was beloved by her friends and colleagues,” Iger said in a statement Monday. “Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time.”
A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) October 3, 2017
Iger added on Twitter, “A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.”
Burditus was a mother and grandmother from West Virginia who attended the concert with her husband, Tony.
Tony shared the news of his wife’s death on Facebook, writing, “It saddens me to say that I lost my wife of 32 years, a mother of two, soon to be grandmother of five this evening in the Las Vegas shooting… Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”
Dana Gardner, 52 of Grand Terrace was one of the 59 people killed in Las Vegas. She was at the concert w/her daughter. Family is in shock. pic.twitter.com/BlF3dIgSNM
— Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) October 3, 2017
Gardner, 52, attended the concert with her daughter. She was a San Bernardino County, California employee. Her death was confirmed by San Bernardino County Interim CEO Dena Smith in an email Monday, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
“I am so very sorry to report that one of the Assessor/Recorder employees in attendance at the event was shot twice and, tragically, passed away this morning,” Smith wrote.
County Clerk Bob Dutton told the Sun that Gardner was a “dedicated public servant” who “had a lot of knowledge.”
“Everybody here is still in shock. They’re waiting for [Gardner] to walk through the door,” Dutton added.
“She had such a sincere soul and was such a caregiver. She would have been the perfect nurse,” her friend Veronika Maldonado, who called Gomez her “twin” on Twitter, told Buzzfeed.
my heart is in shambles and none of this feels real. 8 yrs of friendship & we had so much more to go. rest easy twin, you are so loved 💔 pic.twitter.com/Nol0G2QGLA
— veronika (@veronikaelyssa) October 2, 2017
A fundraiser for Gomez’s family has raised more than $50,000 in less than 24 hours.
Hartfield, 34, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, was killed attending the concert Sunday. A military vet, he was known as “Chucky,” and he coached local youth football team, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The Hartfield family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” a message posted on the Henderson Cowboys youth football team Facebook page said. “Coach Hartfield touched many lives both on and off the field. He was a great man who we all lost way [too] early. Players and alumni, Coach Chucky would want you to keep to the plan and keep moving forward. Use as motivation and inspiration; not for sadness and sorrow.”
Irvine, 42, was an attorney working in San Diego. Her death was confirmed by her publicist to Law Newz. Irvine reportedly spent her last moments singing and dancing with her friends with whom she had attended the concert.
Kyle Krasta, a friend of Irvine’s, described her as “a shining light that will not be extinguished by a gutless coward with a gun” in a Facebook post Monday.
“You bought so much joy to others, including me,” Krasta wrote. “You left this world singing & dancing, but far too soon.”
— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) October 2, 2017
LeRocque’s family members confirmed her death to the Boston Globe Monday.
They said LeRocque was a mother, an active member of her local church, and worked for a Cambridge design firm. She attended the concert with her husband and daughter, who were unharmed.
“All I know is someone started shooting and people are running and she got shot in the head,” LeRocque’s grandmother, Carol Marquis, told the Globe. “And we lost a dear, close, good person — one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life.”
— Abby (@abbytheodros) October 2, 2017
Roybal, 28, was a Navy veteran. He served for seven years, from 2005 to 2012, his mother told the New York Daily News after attending the concert with her son.
“I desperately wanted to go back in to find him. Nobody would let me go back in, they were pulling me away. I kept screaming, ‘My son! My son!’ But they said, ‘You can’t go back into the gunfire,'” Debby Allen, Roybal’s mother, told the Daily News.
Allen said the two were in Vegas to celebrate Roybal’s upcoming birthday.
Roybal moved from California to Colorado to help open other Crunch gyms, his boss, David Harman, told the Associated Press.
“He is a guy that could always put a smile on your face … after all the stuff he had been through,” Harman said.
Scweitzer, 20, was reportedly a lover of country music and often helped her parents around the racetrack they own. Her father confirmed her death to Bakersfield Now.
She was a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting. The company’s CEO sent out a statement Monday, saying, “We are saddened today as Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day. No one could possibly have a bad day when Bailey was around. If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed.”
Infinity held a memorial for Schweitzer Monday.
Tonks, 46, a mother originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, died in the attack Sunday. Her death was confirmed by her employer, tech company Technologent.
“A great mother, colleague and friend, Neysa Tonks,” the Technologent statement said. “She leaves behind three boys – Kaden, Braxton and Greysen. Neysa has brought so much joy, fun and laughter to Technologent – she will be greatly missed by all!”
The company set up a memorial fund for Tonks, which has raised more than $110,000 since it was set up on Monday.
On her Facebook page, Michelle Hodges, one of Tonks’ cousins, wrote, “Because of some selfish GARBAGE human being, our family won’t be able to see our beautiful cousin, Neysa Tonks again… She was a wonderful mom, daughter, sister, cousin, and all around, a good person.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 2, 2017
Parks, 36, was a kindergarten teacher in Palmdale, California.
“She was a wonderful teacher,” Westside Union Superintendent Regina Rossall told the San Francisco Chronicle. “She loved her job, she loved her family. She was a teacher who loved coming to school, you could see it in her face. It’s been a very sad day.”
Rossall said Parks’ daughter attended the school where Parks worked.
Kurt Von Tillow
Von Tillow, 55, was shot and killed while attending the concert. Two of his family members who were at the concert with him, his sister and niece, were also shot, though both are expected to survive. His daughter and son-in-law who were at the concert with them were unharmed.
His brother-in-law, Mark Carson, told KCRA that Von Tillow was the “most patriotic person you’ve ever met.”
“Guarantee you, he was covered in red, white and blue, with a Coors Light in his hand, smiling with his family and listening to some music,” Carson said, adding, “He loved to golf, loved his club, loved his family, loved his country… He’ll be really missed.”
Phippen, 56, attended the concert with his son, Travis, who was shot in the arm.
Travis carried his father to a car, he told the LA Times, and Phippen passed away in the hospital.
“He was my best friend,” Travis told the Times. “He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew… We are all kind of in disbelief that it would happen to someone so gentle.”
Bill Wolfe Jr.
— Bob Brooks (@BobBrooks6abc) October 3, 2017
Wolfe, 42, was a father of two and a wrestling and little league coach. His hometown police department confirmed his death Tuesday morning.
Wolfe attended the concert with his wife, who was unharmed, according to The Washington Post.
Heidi Cassner Martin, a longtime friend of Wolfe’s, told the Post he was “just a good guy all around.”
“We ask that you all help us keep Bill’s memory alive through your continued commitment to this League and the youth that Bill impacted on a daily basis,” the Shippensburg Little League, for whom Wolfe coached, said in a statement.
— Jada Montemarano (@JadaMontemarano) October 2, 2017
Beaton, 54, died Sunday night after shielding his wife from gunfire.
His son memorialized his father on Facebook, writing, “Lost my best friend. I love you so much more then you could ever imagine. Please watch over our family. You will forever be remembered as our hero!”
Beaton’s father-in-law, Jerry Cook, confirmed Beaton’s death to Bakersfield Now.
“He never passed up an opportunity to give somebody a hand,” Cook said. “He always had a smile on his face. He had countless friends. Everybody that came in contact with him loved the guy.”
Ahlers, 34, was a mother of three. Her father-in-law confirmed her death to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and described her as a “loving, caring and devoted mother.”
“She could have lit the world up with her smile,” her father-in-law, Dave Ahlers, said.
Thomas Allen Day Jr.
Thomas Day Jr.,54. His 4 children with him at the concert. His father says “He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him” pic.twitter.com/Eq90APzmNs
— Carlos🍇 (@Cee_Low9) October 3, 2017
Day, 54, died in the shooting, his father confirmed to the OC Register Monday. He had been at the concert with his kids. His father told the Los Angeles Times that his son was “the best dad.”
“That’s why the kids were with him,” Day’s father said. “They’re crushed.”
Day Jr. was a contractor living in Riverside, California.
Duarte, 22, was vacationing in Las Vegas with her family when she was killed at the concert. Her friends confirmed her death to The Daily Breeze.
Durate reportedly recently graduated from the University of Arizona, and she worked in fan services for the Los Angeles Kings.
Correction: An earlier version of this article listed Durate’s alma mater incorrectly.