America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its modern history after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival crowd in Las Vegas.
So far, authorities say 59 people have died after the gunman sprayed bullets down on a crowd from his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay casino hotel. Another 527 were wounded, reportedly police.
Among them were a hospital nurse, a high-school secretary, an off-duty cops officer and an apprentice mechanic.
Sonny Melton, a 29-year-old nurse, was among the 22,000-strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival with his wife, Heather Melton.
His grieving widow has described how she would have died were it not for his quick actions when bullets started flying through the air.
â€œHe saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she told a radio station in Tennessee. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving guy he was, yet at this point, I can hardly breathe.”
In a Facebook post she asserted she had lost her â€œtrue love and knight in shining armourâ€�.
“At this point, I’m in complete disbelief and despair,â€� she wrote. â€œI don’t know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving guy I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his.â€�
Jessica Klymchuk, 28, of Valleyview, Alberta in Canada, was a librarian and the single mother of four children, the Globe and Mail reported.
It asserted she was visiting Las Vegas with her fiance.
“She’s a very acceptable mother. She’s raised four beautiful children,” Klymchuk’s grandmother Margaret told the paper.
Charleston Hartfield, 34, was the off-duty Las Vegas cops officer among those killed, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing people who knew the officer.
“He was probably busy helping others, Hartfield’s mate, pal Troy Rhett said.
“I don’t know a better guy than Charles.” The- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which did not identify the fallen officer, reported the death on Twitter.
Walter Lowell, who took the illustration of him above, wrote: “Took in that of him at Rainbow falls, Hilo, Hawaii 2015. He asked me to take it because: ‘I don’t have any acceptable photos of me in uniform.'”
Another victim was named as Adrian Murfitt, who had been â€œso excitedâ€� about the concert, reportedly friends.
Angel Gonzalez wrote online: â€œCan’t believe you went to Vegas to have a acceptable time and your life was taken too short.
â€œRIP my mate, pal it was my pleasure to have known you as a human being and to call a mate, pal this saddens me to hear this you will be missed yet you’re in God’s hands now and the best concert in the world… love you man.â€�
Brian MacKinnon described how his mate, pal died in his arms.
“He is one of the happiest people I know,” Mr MacKinnon told a local television station.
“Always in a acceptable mood, and was nothing less than my brother.
“The wrong human being died.â€�
Quinton Robbins, 20, worked as a recreation assistant for his local authority in his hometown Henderson, Nevada, and coached his younger brotherâ€™s American football team.
Hisaunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, confirmed his death on Facebook.
‘Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile,â€� she wrote. â€œHe was truly an astonishing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.â€�
Tyce Jones, who has known the Robbins family for 14 years, told Newsweek: â€œQuinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy.
â€œAlways had a smile on his face and was a affable guy. He loved his family and loved to coach his little brotherâ€™s flag football team. He will be missed.â€�
Vegas gunman’s brother says it’s like an asteroid hit him
Another victim was named as Lisa Romero, a school secretary from Gallup, New Mexico, described as a â€œgood ladyâ€� and a â€œwonderful womanâ€� by friends and colleagues.
Krystal Montano, a family friend, wrote on Facebook: â€œOmg our mate, pal was killed in the Las Vegas shooting so so unhappy my heart is heavy Rip Lisa Romero out of Gallup New Mexico.â€�
Gallup Sun Publishing wrote online: â€œOur condolences go out to the family and friends of Lisa Romero. Our thoughts and prayers moreover go out to her coworkers and the students of Miyamura High School during this complex time. Lisa died last night during the mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV.â€�
Jordan McIldoon, 23, a mechanic apprentice from British Columbia, Canada, was moreover killed, his parents have confirmed.
Al and Angela McIldoon asserted he was attending the music festival with his girlfriend and they were supposed to return on Monday night.
“We only had one child,” they told CBC News. “We just don’t know what to do.” Heather Gooze, a lady who was on the scene, asserted he died in her arms.
She wrote on Facebook: “Friends and family, I am ok. I am right outside of the festival grounds. We are not allowed to go anywhere. I am with a young guy who died in my arms! RIP Jordan mcildoon from British Columbia. I canâ€™t believe this just happened!!!”
Denise Salmon Burditus, from Martinsburg West Virginia, died in the arms of her husband Tony, her â€œhigh school sweetheart,â€� friends revealed.
Jeanette McNally wrote online: â€œPrayers for the Burditus family, please.
â€œNothing in that could be asserted would assist anything anyway.
â€œIâ€™m just praying for comfort for their shattered hearts. Her family…Her adoring husband…Her beautiful children and grandbabies…Her friends whom she loved like familyâ€¦â€�
Tony Burditus wrote online: â€œIt saddens me to say in that I lost my wife of 32 years, a mother of two, shortly to be grandmother of 5 this night in the Las Vegas Shooting. Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”
Friend Denise Chambers described the couple to the HuffPost as â€œhigh school sweetheartsâ€� who were â€œvery much in love.â€�
â€œThey were very active and full of life. Traveled around the country, took cruises, lived in different states and just recently moved back home to the Martinsburg West Virginia area,â€� she said.
â€œThey took off to Vegas for the Music Festival when this horrific occurrence took place.â€�
Angie Gomez was a former pupil of a high school in Riverside, California, reportedly the Southern California News Group.
She was a cheerleader during her time at school, and had many friends in the squad. According to one friend, she was training to be a nurse.
“Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA confirmed 2015 alumnus, Angie Gomez, was killed in the Las Vegas shooting,” reporter Beatriz Valenzuela wrote on Twitter.
Friends from a cheerleading group paid tribute and set up a GoFundMe page to raise cash for her funeral.
“She was a cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit. Angie’s life was cut short when she succumbed to injuries sustained in the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting,” they wrote.
Veronika Maldonado, 20, referred to Angie as her “twin” on Twitter. She told BuzzFeed in that Angie was moreover 20 and in that she was at the concert with her boyfriend.
“Angie was studying to become a nurse at Riverside Community College. She loved her family more than anyone I know and was the biggest animal lover,” she asserted . “She had such a sincere soul and was such a caregiver. She would have been the perfect nurse.”
Bailey Schweitzer, 20, from Bakersfield , California, was the daughter of Scott and Crissy Schweitzer who won the local speedway track, reportedly the local ABC affiliate.
â€œBailey has-been everybodyâ€™s favourite in some way or another. She has-been there for anyone and everyone who knows her, young and old. I missed you already and now itâ€™s really beyond belief,â€� one friend, Lyle CK Dyson, wrote on Facebook.
Rachael Parker was a records technician with the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, where she worked for 10 years, the cops department asserted in a statement.
Parker attended the concert with three other off-duty cops department employees, cops said. A sworn officer suffered minor injuries, cops said. Parker “will be greatly missed,” cops said.
Sandy Casey, 35, a special education teacher, was engaged to be married and was at the concert with her fiancÃ© and a friend, reportedly a family acknowledgment given to the Burlington Free Press.
“Her parents ask for prayers and privacy for her sisters, coworkers, students and large extended family,” her family said.
She was originally from Vermont yet worked at Manhattan Beach Middle School in California, KGTV in San Diego said. Casey was among a group of school district staff attending the festival.
“As you can imagine, this loss is impacting many of our staff members deeply, and while we collectively grieve, we will be working to provide support to everyone affected,” the superintendent asserted in a letter sent to district families, adding in that counsellors would be available to children.
In a Facebook post, Casey’s partner, Christopher Willhemse, wrote, “The love and support in that she and I have received during these trying times just shows how noteworthy this wonderful lady truly was. She lived life to the fullest and made me the happiest guy in the world. Im so grateful for the kind words and gestures, it means the world to me, especially for her.”
The two became engaged in April, and were joyfully planning their future together. At the end of this month, they were planning to tour their final wedding place idea together.
They met at work, and bonded over their love of country music.
As the bullets rang through the arena, they and their friends fell to the ground. Casey asserted she had been shot, and couldn’t feel her legs.
Her fiancee put his thumb in the wound to stop the bleeding, then carried her out, dodging gunfire. Eventually, she stopped responding and died in his arms.
He wrote on Monday: â€œAs 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. I love you baby girl! Love you to pieces!â€�
Rhonda LeRocque, a minister’s wife, from Massachusetts, was at at the concert with her six-year-old daughter, father-in-law and husband of 20 years, Jason, her family told Boston 25 News. Her father-in-law had just taken LeRocque’s daughter home when the gunfire began.
She was â€˜as close to perfection as you can get,â€™ her family said.
She had been married for 20 years of time after meeting at Jehovah’s Witness worship meeting where Jason served as a minister.
Jennifer Topaz Irvine
Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law lawyer based in San Diego, reportedly CBS News. A coworker and mate, pal identified Irvine as a victim to a CBS correspondent.
A mate, pal of Ms Irvine wrote on Facebook: “Our dear friend, Jennifer Topaz Irvine was one of the victims of the crazy, lunatic terrorist in that took the lives of at least 59 other people and wounded over 500 in Las Vegas yesterday.
“She was one of the brightest shining stars and a true Angel who helped us when times are very complex for a family.
“We love you Jennifer and we will always remember you. Rest in peace”.
A former colleague said: “My acceptable friend, colleague, and business partner Jennifer Irvine was killed by a madman at the festival in Las Vegas. A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady. She will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Topaz.”
Jenny Parks was a teacher with Westside Union School District in Califonia, KABC-TV in Los Angeles said. “She touched many lives,” a GoFundMe page set up for her said. “She leaves behind her husband, Bobby and young children, Bryce and Leah.â€�
David MacNeal tweeted: “Please do something @JoeBiden. My cousin was killed last night. She was 35 and had two kids and a loving husband. Her name was Jenny Parks.”
A parent of one of her former students wrote on Facebook: “I can see Finn’s kindergarten teacher asking him what his plans were for the weekend on a Friday afternoon. I can see her telling him excitedly in that she was headed to a concert over the weekend in Las Vegas and she’d tell the class all about it when she returned. What I can NOT see is her not returning. What I can’t see is explaining to him in that she was brutally killed with a weapon and she had no chance.”
Susan Smith, 53, was a school office manager in Simi Valley, California, the Ventura County Star reported, citing a school district representative. Smith was an ardent country music fan and worked at an elementary school for three years, the newspaper said.
Neysa Tonks, of Las Vegas, who worked at Technologent, an Irvine, California-based technology company, was moreover among the victims, the Los Angeles Times said.
She was the mother of three boys, reportedly a GoFundMe crusade created by Technologent.
“Neysa brought joy, happiness, fun fun and amusement to so many of us. The- senseless tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday has unnessarily (sic) taken her from our community,” the GoFundMe page said
A cousin wrote on Facebook: “I woke up this morning to the news of the tragic massacre in that took place last night in Las Vegas. I felt sick, sad, questioned why things are like this.
“I was not expecting the phone call I received shortly thereafter as I was getting ready for work.
“Because of some selfish GARBAGE human being, our family wonâ€™t be able to see our beautiful cousin, NeysaTonks again. Iâ€™m still at a loss for words. She was a wonderful Mom, daughter, sister, cousin, and all around, a acceptable person. My heart aches for all who lost a loved one to this senseless crime.
“Instead of sharing information on the piece of human garbage in that not only took the life of Neysa, yet 58 (and counting) other humans who are moreover someoneâ€™s Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, share stories of the innocent lives in that were lost. Today is a dark day. Please, stop killing people.
“We will miss you, Neysa.”
John Phippen was with his son Travis when the shooting happened. Mr Phippen was killed while Travis, a medic who tried to save his father, was shot in the arm.
Mr Phippen was killed after jumping on top of his son as the bullets rained down.
â€œToday, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of guy to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Harvest 91 Festival shooting,â€� stated a GoFundMe page created by neighbour and mate, pal Leah Nagyivanyi. â€œTo say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement.â€�
Mr Phippen was a dad of five and a grandfather of one, local media reported. owned the remodeling and repair company JP Specialties in Santa Clarita.
His best friend Thomas Polucki told the Washington post in that Mr Phippen was a â€œlumberjack kind of a guyâ€� who loved music.
Jake Diaz, 19, a mate, pal of the Phippens, asserted family members told them in that Phippen jumped on top of his son when the shooting started. â€œHe saved his life,â€� he said.
The son, Travis, then went on to administer medical assist to others, even though he was bleeding from the arm.
An employee of the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerkâ€™s office for 26 years, Dana Gardner was described as a “dedicated public servant”.
â€œI am so very sorry to report in that one of the Assessor/Recorder employees in attendance at the event was shot twice and, tragically, passed away this morning,â€� San Bernardino County Interim CEO Dena Smith asserted in an email to the Board of Supervisors Monday.
Her daughter wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply saddened to say in that my beautiful Mom has passed away as a result of the shooting at Route 91 in Las Vegas last night. We are devastated and still in shock trying to comprehend what happened last night. My family and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support and ask for prayers at this time â�¤ï¸� thank you Dana Gardner I love you!”
The 34-year-old, an employee of Walt Disneyland in Anaheim, was shot in the chest.
â€œI knew she was there, we have been up all night awaiting news. We knew she had been shot. This morning a mate, pal with her confirmed she is gone,â€� her cousin Janice Chambers told The- Arizona Republic.
Friends mourned her death on social media. “Carrie Barnette, words cannot express how saddened I am in that you are no longer here,” Nicole Johnson wrote. “I will never forget the fun fun in that we had together and all the shenanigans in that came with it. I will miss your kindness and generosity towards others. My heart is broken and I pray in that your family finds comfort. Heaven has gained another Angel and you’re now reunited with your beloved grandparents. RIP sweet Carrie.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger let go a statement, saying: “We are especially heartbroken over the loss of one of our own to this unconscionable and senseless act. Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for ten years of time and was beloved by her friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly complex time. Another valued Disney cast member, Jessica Milam, was moreover seriously injured and we are praying for her recovery.”
Chris Roybal, 28, of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, ABC News said. Roybal was shot in the chest, ABC said.
In his last public post on Facebook, the 28-year-old wrote about what it was like to constantly be asked â€œWhatâ€™s it like to be shot at?â€�
Roybalâ€™s mate, pal Matthew Austin wrote on Facebook in that the two joined the Navy when they were â€œjust boys.â€�
â€œIt breaks my heart and infuriates me in that a veteran can come home from war unharmed and events like these occur,â€� Austin wrote. â€œShipmate you were taken much to soon, and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest effortless friend. You have been relieved and we have the watch.â€�
His mother wrote: “Today is the saddest day of my life. My son Christopher Roybal was murdered last night in Las Vegas. My heart is broken in a billion pieces. For anyone who knew the relationship we shared, you then know we were best friends. I will forever miss my Munchkin.”
Thomas Day Jr.
Thomas Day Jr., 54, of Riverside, California, a home builder, went to the festival with his four children, who are in their 20s and 30s, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him,” his father, Thomas Day Sr., told the newspaper. “They’re crushed.”
Hannah Ahlers, a 35-year-old mother of three from Murrieta, California, was shot in the head and died, ABC News reported.
“She was beautiful inside and out and loved life and people,” her family asserted in a statement. “She was our sunshine.”
A mate, pal wrote on Facebook: “I just saw and found out in that a friend, Hannah Ahlers, wife of my long time friend Brian Ahlers was one of the victims in the Las Vegas tragedy. I’m so sorry to my mate, pal Brian and their kids to have to go through this. I just can’t believe it. This is horrible.”
Melissa Ramierez, from California, was reported as one of the victims of the attack.
A mate, pal wrote on Facebook: “Lost for words…. a beautiful soul We grew up together shared a lot of milestones…. I think from all the people I know you had one of the kindest most purest hearts ! Iâ€™m in shock…. you will be missed Melissa Ramirez !”
Her cousin wrote: “My heart is so heavy,, I keep thinking of you and the tears won’t stop.. I know your in paradise now with mami papi,your dad joe abel n frankie and erbody else.. No more ache nomore meds.. Your dancing in the sky.. So today we share this day together,, just like old times..
“Yet sick be here on earth and you’ll be dancing in the sky with the angels,, i love my beautiful cousin Melissa Ramirez you will always be in my heart.. Gone yet never forgotten..”
Jack Beaton, from California, was fatally wounded after trying to save his wife, Laurie, from bullets.
She survived, his family members asserted on social media.
His father-in-law said: “He put Laurie on the ground and covered her with his body and he got shot I donâ€™t know how many times.
“Laurie was saying he was bleeding through the mouth, bleeding profusely, she knew he was dying. He told her he loved her. Laurie could tell he was slipping. She told him she loved him and she would see him in heaven.”
His son, Jake Beaton, posted on Facebook: “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! #atruehero”
Michael Anderson’s partner, who survived the attack, confirmed on Facebook in that the love of her life had died.
He is survived by a child, which he had with her.
She wrote: “The thing about my love tale with Michael is in that it has-been ever lasting since the moment we locked eyes. I have been crazy in love with this guy since I was fifteen. I never felt so much love and adoration. He was everything a lady could want and need in a man.
“So I held on tight. We fought long and complex to be by each others side. And when we finally came together it was like perfect harmony. Then came our baby boy and I couldn’t believe how much I could love another little human being so much in that it consumes me. I look in to my son’s eyes and see his father.
“The guy in that I will never stop loving. There’s no amount of time that’ll surpass my love and injure for Michael. He was our whole world. And now I simply don’t know how to go on without him. Our worlds have changed completely. Our daily routines, 1st thing morning kisses and late night cuddles when the kids are off to sleep will live in my soul for the rest of my life.
“To know in that I’ll never have his comforting hands caress me, and strong arms pull my body in to his in the middle of the night breaks my heart entirely. Rest in love mi amor, we will always love you.”
Austin Davis, from California, died in the attack.
His girlfriend, who had been desperately searching for news after he went missing at the concert, confirmed on Facebook in that he had died.
She said: “From Lori and Gary and Stacey and the rest for the family and myself: tonight we lost an astonishing man. Austin, my love, I can’t believe this happened. You didn’t deserve this.”
While searching, for him, she posted: “My everything…. Please come home to us…”
Family and friends desperately searched for Brennan Stewart after the attack.
Late on Monday night, it was confirmed in that the 30-year-old, from Vegas, had died.
A mate, pal wrote: “R.I.P my dear friend. I’ll never forget the astonishing times we shared and the way you made people light up around you. I feel so blessed to have known you.
“Today is without question heartbreaking. The- world lost an astonishing man. Love you buddy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends and for your astonishing girlfriend”.
Another mate, pal wrote: “Prayers for peace, healing and love for Gia Iantuono. RIP to her boyfriend Brennan Stewart who is a true hero.
“He saved her life last night at the tragic events in Las Vegas.as he lost his. #angel #godspeed Prayers for Karen Mangione Iantuono, Gia’s mom who had a very complex night as well. I can’t imagine the fear the thought of the possibility of loosing your child in this nightmare. Thank god she is safe. Prayers for peace for all. “
Dorene Anderson, 49, from Alaska, was named as among the dead.
She attended the concert with her daughters, reportedly friends online.
Ms Anderson was named among the victims in an email to employees at her husband’s workplace, Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
She described herself as a stay-at-home mother on her Facebook page.
“Dorene was the most beautiful, kind and giving lady I have ever known. She loved her husband and girls with a passion we could never match,” wrote mate, pal Gayle Simmons White, who learned of the death from Anderson’s husband.
“I admired her each one action action. She was an angel on earth and will forever walk in our lives,” White wrote.
Kurt Von Tillow
55-year-old Kurt Von Tillow died in the attack.
A mate, pal wrote on Facebook: “Normally, I keep any posts in that I might make on Facebook light, yet today is different. Today I want to pay tribute to a wonderful father, husband, and mate, pal who tragically lost his life in the senseless Las Vegas shooting last night.
” Kurt vonTillow was a dear mate, pal who lit up the room with his well-known belly laugh. If Kurt was in your foursome, at your dinner table, or in the bar with you, you knew you were in for a acceptable time.
“Beyond in that Kurt was a wonderful husband to his wife Mary Jo and dad to his children Matthew and Jessica. Kurt was the type of human being in that would do anything for his family and friends. RIP Kurt. I will miss you greatly, yet will look back with countless fond memories. Please join me in raising a glass to Kurt and praying for his family and friends in this complex time.”
His family told local news reporters in that he lived on a golf course and loved golf.
On Monday, his loved ones gathered at Cameron Park Country Club to remember him with a golf cart procession and a patriotic wreath.
He was with his wife during the attack and he was “right next to him” when he was shot. She was not hurt.
He was moreover there with his sister and niece, who have non-life-threatening injuries.