A gunman in a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, killing 58 people and injuring more than 850 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. There were 413 people wounded, and police said at least 456 were injured as they fled.
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The 58 victims killed on Oct. 1, 2017, by gunman Stephen Paddock, were public servants, teachers, athletes and much more. Their stories are below.
Austin Meyer went to his 24th birthday gift, the concert, courtesy of fiancee Dana Getreu, his sister told reporters.
The Reno resident was an automotive student at a local community college, was looking forward to getting married, some day opening his own repair shop and being a father, his sister Veronica Meyer told KSBW News in Monterey, California.
“Austin was a joy to be around,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face, was [witty] and was always making people laugh.”
Meyer is survived by his fiancee.
Brett Schwanbeck, 61, a grandfather of five and a retired big rig driver, went for the first time to Las Vegas’s country music festival with his fiancee, Anna Orozco, a festival veteran.
The retire, from Bullhead City, Arizona, was more the outdoorsy type, taking children white-water rafting, river fishing and camping, his family told various newspapers.
And Schwanbeck was a reliable patriarch, vetting his niece’s boyfriends and going out late at night when someone’s car broke down, relatives said.
“He was a fun-loving, hard-living man,” Orozco told The Washington Post. “He enjoyed life, and he’d help out anyone who needed help.”
Schwanbeck wanted to leave the concert, she said, but she convinced him to stay. That was just before a bullet struck him in the head.
Carrie Parsons, 31, of Seattle, Washington, posted a photo of herself, friend Carolyn Farmer and a personal favorite, Eric Church, singing in the background. That was shortly before the shooting started.
A few days later Farmer sent Parson’s last social media tribute to Church on Facebook, writing, “I feel peace knowing she was living life until her last moments, loving country music.”
Parsons, a manager at a staffing and recruitment company, was a fan of all Seattle’s professional sports teams, the Real Housewives reality show and the One Country entertainment website.
Tara Roe, 34, of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, who lived with her family in Okotoks, near Calgary, worked as an education assistant and model.
For Victor Link, 55, of Aliso Viejo, California, and fiance Lynne Gonzales, going to country music concerts had been their “favorite” thing to do over the years, his brother Craig Link told The Associated Press.
Tragically, at this one, Link was shot to death; Gonzales escaped injury, the victim’s brother said.
Other relatives said Link was a loan processor, and Craig Link described him as a “gentle spirit.”
“He was a giver,” Link said. “He was always there for any of his friends or family. If he could, he would help out wherever he could ... He was my younger brother, but I always aspired to be him.”
Pati Mestas, 67, a grandmother from Menifee, California, had two great loves: country music and her grandchildren, her friend told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The retired gas station deli manager was near the stage when she was killed, said close friend and former boss, Isa Bahu.
Her cousin Tom Smith told CNN that she had talked about being able to spend more time with her grandchildren now that she was retired.
She was in a good mood most of the time and wanted to have fun, those who knew her said.
“She definitely wasn’t shy,” Bahu said. “She was a fun-spirited woman, who always made you laugh.”
Christiana Duarte, 22, of Redondo Beach, California, was from a family of baseball fans and began her first full-time job in September as a fan services associate with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She was at the concert with Ariel Romero, the girlfriend of one of her brothers, a White Sox minor leaguer, when she was felled by gunfire. Romero was shot in the face, but someone carried her to paramedics, leaving Duarte behind, the paper said.
“She wanted to be in marketing in those organizations and probably run a sports team,” Danette Meyers, a Los Angeles County prosector who has worked with Duarte’s father, another prosecutor, told the Times. “She had those aspirations, and she would’ve made it.”
Romero had surgery, the Times said.
Kurt von Tillow
Kurt von Tillow, 55, of Cameron Park, California, was the "most patriotic person you've ever met," brother-in-law Mark Carson told KCRA-TV in Sacramento.
Von Tillow was at the concert with his wife, daughter and son-in law, sister and niece, the station reported. The sister and niece were injured, while the other three relatives were unharmed.
Von Tillow likely was smiling and enjoying the music with his family, sipping on a Coors Light and decked out in red, white and blue, Carson said.
Candice Bowers, 40, was a waitress from Garden Grove, California, and a single mother of three — the youngest adopted from a relative who was having life problems, her family told the Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press.
She had just finished the yearlong process to adopt the 2-year-old girl, her aunt, Vicki Jeffries, told the AP.
“She always had a smile on her face and would help anybody,” Jeffries told the Times. “She had a big heart. She was just a sweetheart. She would do anything for anybody.”
Bowers and a friend hid under a table but decided to run for safety, which is when they were separated. Bowers’s uncle, a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy, drove to Las Vegas to find her, learning the next day that she was dead.
Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40, a pizza restaurant manager from Eastvale, California, was the mother of four, including a boy born less than two months ago, when she went to the concert with her fiance, according to the Los Angeles Times
She was shot in the thigh and died at the hospital, the paper said.
“Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother as she would always say,” her cousin Vanessa Pineda Rocha wrote on a GoFundMe page for her funeral. “She was a supermom, always working hard and juggling everything to be the best mom to her 4 children.”
Chris Hazencomb, a Walmart cashier from Camarillo, California, spent his 44th birthday with his mother. Four days later, Maryanne Hazencomb told the Ventura County Star, she had to authorize the hospital to take him off life support.
Relatives said he shielded his best friend’s wife, the mother of two children, from the gunfire. “He evidently saved her from getting hit so she could raise her two boys with her husband,” Hazencomb said.
He was a thoughtful man, his co-workers and relatives told various media outlets. He would bring coffee to co-workers. At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, he would reach to top shelves at grocery stores to get what his aunt needed. He would do the dirty jobs at work if needed and get the neighbor’s cat off the roof.
“He was good to everybody,” his mother said. “He’d go out on the limb for everybody.”
Carly Kreibaum, 33, a mother of a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old and a Walmart manager from Sutherland, Iowa, went with two friends to enjoy country music, according to the Sioux City Journal.
A photo on Kreibaum’s Facebook page showed all three in front of the Venetian Las Vegas hotel that Sunday.
Hours later, the Journal reported, Kreibaum became separated from her friends when the bullets rained on them.
“I was lucky to have known such a fun loving person and to be able to call her my friend,” one woman posted on Kreibaum’s Facebook page.
Brian Fraser, 39, a father of four from La Palma, California, was a human shield for his wife, his son told The Associated Press.
The loan officer had been moving toward the stage in anticipation of Jason Aldean playing “Dirt Road Anthem” when people started darting for cover, his family said.
But Fraser looked to see where the bullets were coming from so he could protect his wife and was hit by gunfire, Nick Arellano said.
Arellano described Fraser as the “definition of American,” a man who boated, hunted, fished and snowboarded.
His sisters-in-law Briana Flanigan and Brittany Gonzalez wrote in a GoFundMe page that Fraser loved saying “here’s the deal” before concisely telling them what was needed.
“He was a father that all four of his kids ADORED and looked up to,” they wrote. “A husband that LOVED his wife with all his heart.”
Keri Lynn Galvan
Keri Lynn Galvan, 31, of Thousand Oaks, California, left behind three children, ages 10, 4 and 2, her family said.
She died despite resusciation efforts by husband Justin Galvin, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, as bullets flew around them, relatives said.
Galvan worked at a steakhouse, friends confirmed to The Washington Post.
“Her days started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother,” her sister Lindsey Poole said in a GoFundMe page to pay for the children’s education.
Lisa Patterson, 46, of Lomita, California, was a mother of three who, along with her husband, was a “constant presence” in a girls’ softball league, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a friend for her memorial.
Patterson’s husband, Robert, told Fox 5 Vegas during a vigil that he and his wife of more than 30 years visited Las Vegas often. His wife was active in their church, he said.
“We liked the atmosphere of Vegas, so a lot of times when we took a vacation, it was to Las Vegas,” the widower said.
Nicol Kimura, 38, made up a term to describe her tightknit group of friends and their families - “framily,” which went to the concert together, friends said.
Kimura, of Placentia, California, worked for the Orange County tax collection department and was in love with her dog Sadie, shown on her Facebook page sleeping, in Santa costume and tongue hanging out.
“She was happy 99 percent of the time,” Ryan Miller, a friend, told The Washington Post. “You just couldn’t help but laugh when she laughed, and you couldn’t help but smile with her.”
Andrea Castilla, a Sephora employee and dental assistant, was on a trip celebrating her 28th birthday when she was shot in the head, her aunt Marina Parker wrote on a GoFundMe page for memorial expenses.
The California woman’s boyfriend, her sister and her sister’s fiance carried her out of the concert arena, shielding her with their bodies as they dodged bullets and lifted her over a fence, Parker wrote. Eventually, a truck driver took them to the hospital, where officials mistakenly confused Castilla with another victim and told the family she was in surgery, the aunt said. But she was already dead.
On her Facebook page, Castilla, of Huntington Beach, appeared to be a lover of dogs, selfies and sayings. One favorite life lesson noted that material things were not important: “It’s about our hearts and who they beat for.”
Jordyn Rivera, 21, of La Verne, California, was a fourth-year student in the the healthcare management program at California State University’s San Bernadino campus, where President Tomas Morales said he had gotten to know her in London during her summer abroad program.
“As one of her faculty members noted, we will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy, and kindness,” Morales wrote in a Facebook post.
Her sorority, Eta Sigma Gamma, described Rivera as a “beautiful soul” in a GoFundMe page for her funeral: “Leaving nothing to chance, Jordyn made sure that her passionate heart guided and led all of the people that she cared about in her life.”
Denise Cohen, 58, a huge country music fan, and her boyfriend Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56, a California State corrections lieutenant, had dated on and off over the years. The California couple died on their final evening together.
Cohen’s family remembered the Santa Barbara woman as someone who loved to laugh and was posting social media updates leading up to Jason Aldean’s performance that night, including a photo of herself wearing a big smile, a cowboy straw hat with a heart brooch and American flag apparel.
"We joke that Denise loved to travel light and live life to the largest," her sister-in-law Kelli Gentile told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Taylor, a 29-year officer from Oxnard, led inmates in fighting wildfires. He was a commander at the state corrections' Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses firefighting inmates.
On the department's website, friends and colleagues from Taylor’s various assignments described him as a well liked leader who believed in rehabilitation. One called him "a man of integrity who treasured family."
Derrick "Bo" Taylor
Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56, and his girlfriend Denise Cohen, 58, both died at the Las Vegas concert. Taylor was a lieutenant in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He worked as a commander at the Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses inmates that help California fight wildfires.
Jennifer Topaz Irvine
Jennifer T. Irvine, 42, a lawyer in San Diego, owned a boutique firm where she practiced criminal and family law, according to her publicist Jay Jones.
Her law firm’s website described her as a "tenacious litigator." Outside court, she led an active life: achieving a black-belt in taekwondo practicing hot yoga, and being an avid snowboarder.
A longtime friend who spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune described her as "smart, friendly and bubbly."
Carrie Barnette, 34, a decadelong Disney employee, was “beloved by her friends and colleagues,” according to the company’s chairman and CEO, Robert Iger.
Her mother, Mavis Barnette, said Carrie was celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday when she was shot in the chest, according to the Los Angeles Times. She died before she could get to the hospital, her mother said.
“Beautiful child; she was my firstborn,” Mavis Barnette said. “She was always generous and helping everybody in every way. She loved her nieces and nephews and her sister and brother.”
Carrie, of Riverside, California, worked in food services — a job she loved, her mother said.
Friend Nicole Johnson said she would miss Carrie “greatly.”
“She was the kind of friend that everybody would want in their life,” Johnson said. “She was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life.”
Jennifer Parks, 35, of Lancaster, California, was a married mother of two who was a kindergarten teacher and volleyball coach.
“She was truly one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet,” said Steven McCarthy, her husband’s uncle, who spoke to CNN. “She always went out of her way to help anybody.”
Her employer, the Westside Union School District, said in a statement, according to The New York Times, that she’ll 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.”
Her aunt Rhonda Boyle said: “She had a heart of gold.”
Christopher Roybal, 28, was a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan and most recently had worked at Crunch Fitness in Corona and Riverside, California.
He had recently moved to open franchises in Colorado Springs.
“He is a guy that could always put a smile on your face after all the stuff he had been through,” said David Harman, who founded the gym’s parent company.
“As far as responsibility and discipline and work ethic, there wasn’t any question about him coming on board with us,” said Harman, who knew Roybal for about 4 years. “He was a good, hard worker, a grinder.”
Hannah Ahlers, 35, a married mother of three from Murrieta, California, was an avid outdoorswoman who enjoyed skydiving.
“She was possibly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen, with a heart to match,” Sunni Almond told the Los Angeles Times. “She never came across with the diva mentality she easily could have had. She was a devoted mother and wife.”
She studied at Crafton Hills College and went to Redlands East Valley High School, the paper said.
Dana Gardner, 52, of Grand Terrace, California, was a deputy recorder for San Bernardino County, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
County official Bob Dutton told the paper Gardner was a “dedicated public servant” described as a “go-to” person. She started working for the county on Aug. 26, 1991, as a document clerk and in 2015 as deputy recorder.
“She had a lot of knowledge,” Dutton said. “She was a great employee.”
Stacee Etcheber, 50, of Novata, California, was a hairdresser who was married to a San Francisco police officer.
“Stacee was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, and daughter. She will be terribly missed,” San Francisco Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran said in a statement, according to CNN.
Al Etcheber, her brother-in-law, described her like this: “Just a loving wife, a great mother. She’s tough as nails and just the salt of the earth.”
Dorene Anderson, a married stay-at-home mother in Anchorage, Alaska, had a passion for ice hockey, and had recently served as treasurer of the nonprofit “Cowbell Crew,” which supports youth leagues, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. Marie English, a member of the group, described Anderson as “just an all-around wonderful Alaskan,” adding: “She was friendly to everybody. She had a heart of gold.”
D.J. Fauske, a longtime friend wrote on Facebook, according to the paper: “Dorene Anderson was a saint of person. I’ve watched her daughters grow up to become amazing women and I know they will continue their mom’s lasting legacy.”
Calla Medig, of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, was a waitress at Moxie’s restaurant in west Edmonton. Co-workers described Medig to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.as a kindhearted young woman with a beaming smile.
“Calla was among the kindest and warmhearted, beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Bailey Huebner, Medig’s former co-worker, wrote on Facebook. “Her smile made such a positive impact on my life.”
Melissa Ramirez, 26, lived in Littlerock, California, and worked at a car insurance company, according to The New York Times. A 2014 graduate of California State University at Bakersfield, she loved country music.
Heather Alvarado, 35, was a married mother of three from Cedar City, Utah. “It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Heather Warino Alvarado, wife of Cedar City firefighter Albert Alvarado,” Sgt. Jerry Womack, a spokesman for the police department in Cedar City, Utah, said in a statement to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Kelsey Meadows, 27, was a substitute teacher from Taft, California. According to the Bakersfield Californian, family friend Kim Perry wrote on social media, “My heart is broken and I am at a loss for words. Kelsey Meadows May you Rest In Peace pretty girl. You will be deeply missed. Love and prayers for you and the entire Meadows family.”
Steven Berger, a father of three and financial adviser from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was marking his 44th birthday with friends at the concert. His girlfriend called his family to say he was killed.
The 6-foot-6-inch former college basketball player was an avid fan of the Wisconsin Badgers football team and of fishing, relatives told CBS reporters in Minneapolis.
He had started taking care of his children, ages 8, 12 and 15, full time after his ex-wife had a stroke.
His father said Berger saw his children off to school in the morning, went to work, then ushered them to soccer practice at night.
“He was the greatest father for his three kids that you’d ever want,” Richard Berger said.
Austin Davis, 29, a pipefitter from Riverside, California, went with friend Thomas Day Jr., of Riverside, to the concert, where they were shot.
Davis’ family and girlfriend Aubree Hennigan rushed to Las Vegas to find him, and Hennigan posted photos of her "missing" boyfriend on her Facebook page.
"My everything.... Please come home to us," Hennigan wrote above a video of Davis smiling after being caught engrossed in his smartphone.
Davis and Day, 54, a homebuilder from Riverside, were both killed.
Bill Wolfe Jr.
Bill Wolfe Jr., 42, a Pennsylvania youth sports coach in his free time, and his wife, Robyn, feted their anniversary for what would be the last time, in Las Vegas, his friends told phillynews.com
In the chaos, the Shippenburg resident became separated from his wife and friends, and no one knew what had happened to him until that Tuesday.
"He's built a legacy as a coach in the community," said Tony Yaniello, head coach of Shippensburg High School’s varsity wrestling team. "There's so many people who are upset about this. He's going to truly be missed."
As an engineer, Wolfe worked on major projects for a central Pennsylvania engineering firm.
Michelle Vo, 32, went by herself to the concert but did not die alone.
The upbeat life insurance agent bonded at the show with Kody Robertson, also 32, an auto parts salesman from Columbus, Ohio, as they chatted about beer, country music bands and their mutual love of golf, according to The Washington Post.
The two were just a couple feet apart when a bullet struck Vo in the chest and she collapsed, Robertson told the newspaper.
He covered her with his body, and then with his friends, placed Vo in a pickup truck taking the wounded to a hospital. Robertson said he rushed back to the concert field to help other shooting victims and eventually retrieved Vo’s cellphone and purse.
In a GoFundMe page, Vo’s brother-in-law, Paul Warren, said that “true to Michelle’s style, she prepared for this very unlikely event” and made sure her loved ones knew she wanted a memorial service in which people would hug, laugh and share stories celebrating her life. She also wanted her ashes spread on beaches around the world, Warren told The Arizona Republic.
“Every good deed we do,” Warren wrote on GoFundMe, “we do it a little easier because Michelle taught us how.”
Erick Silva, 21, was one of the first people to guide concertgoers to safety after the barrage of bullets started. That’s what he was doing when a high-caliber bullet killed him, his employer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
One of Silva’s friends, Martin Adrian Marin Jr., told The Associated Press that Silva sent heartwarming texts almost daily.
“I want to wish you a lovely and productive day,” Silva texted Marin the morning of the massacre. “Just know that I am always here.”
Marin said he is keeping Silva’s last text forever, saying, “He was always so sweet and generous and caring.”
Brennan Stewart, 30, of Las Vegas, a singer, dreamed of country music success. He made it, with his last breath, as he shielded his girlfriend.
“It was because of your affection for me that you were holding me, singing to me in our last moments together and you saved my life,” Gia Capri Iantuono wrote on her Facebook page.
He shielded her, Iantuono said, but she dislocated her knee running and was separated from him when a stranger pulled her toward cover.
After Stewart's death, one of his friends drove past the Las Vegas memorial for victims — a line of white crosses, each with a name, a photo and a red heart — and blasted a recording of Stewart singing one of his own songs. Other friends posted videos of Stewart on his guitar, singing a slow rendition of country star Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here.”
Cameron Robinson, 28, lived in St. George, Utah, and drove to Las Vegas, where he worked as a legal records specialist for the city, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
He was shot in the neck as he attended the concert with his boyfriend, his family said.
Robinson’s sister Meghan Ervin posted a photo of him with a pug in his arms, saying she was “numb.
“I honestly feel lost,” she wrote. “He was so happy and an amazing man in his life! I will never understand this.. why him.”
Jack Beaton, 54, of Bakersfield, California, was at the country music festival with his wife when the shooting occurred. Once the couple realized the firecracker sounds were bullets, Jack Beaton told his wife to “get down” and laid on top of her. He said, “I love you, Laurie.” She said, “I love you, Jack.” And then “he took a bullet” to save his wife’s life.
Jordan McIldoon, 23, was a mechanic from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, who was visiting Las Vegas with his girlfriend. His parents described him on CBC News in Canada as outdoorsy and about to begin trade school.
John Phippen, 56, of Santa Clarita, California, was born in New York and later moved to the Golden State. He was the owner of JP Specialties, a home remodeling company in Santa Clarita.
Las Vegas Police Officer Charleston Hartfield, 34, was off-duty when he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He was one of many law enforcement officers who went to the country music concert. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hartfield was a military veteran and coached youth football.
Laura Shipp, 50, a single mom, had moved from California to Las Vegas some years ago and worked for a heating and air condition company, her brother Steve Shipp told the Los Angeles Times.
She and her son Corey, 23, were so close that they were going to buy a house together, he said: “He looked out for her and she looked out for him.”
They went to the concert together. But in the chaos during the shooting, Shipp got separated from her son — who was holding all her identification. That made it harder for her son to find her but ultimately he learned she was killed.
Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with her husband and their 6-year-old daughter. LeRocque's daughter was taken back to their hotel before the shooting occurred.
Priscilla Champagne, LeRocque's mother, said LeRocque's husband, Jason, was next to her when she fell. He had thought she was ducking but she did not get up.
Champagne described LeRocque as a kindhearted woman with a "beautiful life" who loved cooking, music and her family. She worked at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, office of the design company IDEO.
Bailey Schweitzer is seen in her high school senior portrait. Schweitzer, 20, was a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting in Bakersfield, California. The company released a statement mourning the loss of Schweitzer, who was always the ray of sunshine.
Thomas Day Jr.
Thomas Day Jr., 54, a homebuilder from Riverside, California, was with his friend Austin Davis, who also was killed at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
Angela Gomez, 20, was a Riverside native who left a lasting impact on her high school classmates and teachers. She graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015 and attended classes at Riverside Community College.
Special education teacher Sandy Casey was identified as one of the victims by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District in Southern California. Christopher Willemse, her fiance, held Casey as she died from a fatal gunshot to her lower back at the country music festival.
Jessica Klymchuk, 34, was a mother of four who lived in the northwestern Alberta town of Valleyview, Canada, where she worked as an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver at an area Catholic school, St. Stephen's School.
Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for Klymchuk in Valleyview, CBC News reported. A family friend set up a crowdfunding page to support Klymchuk's children.
"Jessica was an amazing mother who worked to provide her children with as best a life as she could," Noella Marie wrote on the GoFundMe page, adding Klymchuk was engaged to the "love of her life," Brent Irla.
Correction: Jessica Klymchuk was 34 years old. Her age was incorrect in a previous version of her entry.
Denise Salmon Burditus
While the sun was still shining that Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Denise Salmon Burditus posted a photo on Facebook of herself and her husband, Tony, standing in front of the stage, smiling broadly.
Later, after news of the massacre spread, a friend asked simply: "Are you two ok????"
Burditus never replied.
MetroNews, a West Virginia-based radio network, reported that Tony Burditus wrote on his Facebook page that his wife was among the victims.
"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," Tony Burditus wrote. "Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE."
Susan Smith, the office manager at Vista Fundamental Elementary School in Simi Valley, California, was killed at the concert, said Jake Finch, a spokeswoman for the Simi Valley School District. Smith, 53, was a big country music fan, and had been attending the concert with friends when she was shot, Finch said.
Quinton Robbins, 20, from Henderson, Nevada, was among the victims in Las Vegas. When Robbins first clutched his chest, his girlfriend thought something was wrong with his sugar levels, she told his grandmother. They were on a date at the Jason Aldean concert. They hadn’t been together for very long, but she knew he had diabetes and thought he might need his insulin. She didn’t yet realize that a bullet had torn through his body.
Lisa Romero-Muniz, 42, who was killed at the Las Vegas music festival, was a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School in New Mexico, relatives confirmed. Mike Hyatt, superintendent of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, said in a statement that Romero-Muniz was "an incredibly loving and sincere friend, mentor, and advocate for students." The wife, mother and grandmother was "outgoing, kind and considerate," Hyatt said.
Rachael Parker, a police records technician from California, was among four Manhattan Beach Police Department employees who were attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival while off-duty. She was shot and died at the hospital. Another suffered minor injuries.
"She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed," the department said in a statement.
Neysa Tonks was among the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas. A GoFundMe page set up for her said, "She has always been there for her community in time of need, and now we would like to do the same for her . Please join us in remembering her and supporting her 3 boys. This has been set up by Technologent, on behalf of her family, to be used as a vessel of financial support for the funeral and her three boys during this difficult time."
Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when he was shot.
His sister, Shannon Gothard, said the family heard from one of Murfitt's friends who was with him when he died.
She described Murfitt as a man with a hearty laugh and a former competitive hockey player who still dabbled in the game. "His whole life was always around hockey," she said.
After graduating from high school, he became a fisherman, picking up odd jobs in the offseason.
He had just come off an extremely successful fishing season when he made the trip to Las Vegas with some good friends, Gothard said.
Her brother "was happy to pay some things off and had made some really good money and decided to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun," she said.
Sonny Melton, 29, a registered nurse from Big Sandy, Tennessee, died when a bullet hit him in the back as he protected his wife, Heather, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.