Family and friends pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

Nurse, local government workers and student among victims identified from across US and Canada as families share grief on social media

A registered nurse from Tennessee. An off-duty Las Vegas police officer. A 35-year-old Californian middle school teacher.

Details of the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas began to emerge on Tuesday, 24 hours after at least 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the most deadly mass shooting in modern United States history.

Cameron Robinson. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Cameron Robinson. Photograph: Courtesy of Bobby Eardley

Cameron Robinson

Cameron Robinson was a young city of Las Vegas employee, who was at the festival with his boyfriend, Bobby Eardley, when the popping sounds started.

Eardley recalled on Tuesday, “And I just remember being really upset – why would somebody set off firecrackers at a venue like this when shootings have happened?”

After a second round, Eardley decided it was time for them to move: “I remember seeing people sitting on the ground and wondering why they were sitting because they were going to get trampled. And I realized they were bleeding.”

Eardley, 36, and Robinson, 28, had been together for four years after meeting on OkCupid; a year ago Robinson moved in with Eardley in St George, Utah. Robinson was a records specialist for the city.

“Long before he came to work for the city he gave me his resume,” recalled his boss, Las Vegas city attorney Brad Jerbic, “and the first thing I remember noticing is that he got his bachelor’s degree when he was 20 year old – that immediately got my attention.”

When Jerbic hired him several years ago, his desk ended up being in the center of the office. “It was a perfect metaphor,” Jerbic said. Robinson organized potlucks, brought food to the office, ran games at the Christmas party.

With Robinson, “everything went up a notch. If it was fun it was more fun, if the records were being processed efficiently it was more efficiently.”

Robinson’s sister, Meghan Ervin, wrote on Facebook: “I was never suppose to say good bye to you little brother. You were suppose to take over the world ... I love you to the moon and back.”

What did Eardley love about him?

“He’s my other half. I’m the crazy, fly by the seat of your pants – he’s the straight laced and level headed one ... And so many other things. His quirky little smile, his big teeth, his crooked sunglasses … so many things.”

Dorene Anderson

A self-described “stay-at-home wife and mother”, and hockey lover, Anderson had traveled to Las Vegas with her husband, and two daughters for the festival. In a Facebook post of a recent picture, daughter Stefanie reported “This is one of the last family photos we will take… Sadly, my mom was one of the victims that did not make it.”

“You lit up her world,” one friend commented on the photo. “There was no end to her love for you and your sister and dad. She was by far the best person I’ve ever known.”

Steve Berger

Berger was a father of three and a financial adviser in the Minneapolis Twin Cities. Friends said he had traveled to Vegas to celebrate his 44th birthday. “He was charismatic, full of energy and breathed life into every room. He was always so positive,” his best friend Josh Decker told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He was larger than life to me.”

Family told the Los Angeles Times that Berger was the primary caretaker of his children and spent his time off ferrying his children between school and sports practices, while also coaching youth basketball and football. “He was a devoted father. You couldn’t ask for a better father and a better man,” his father said.

Berger and Decker were together when the shooting started, the newspaper reported. After the two and everyone around them got on the ground Decker recalled looking around for his friend and seeing him lying motionless and bleeding. “He was covered in his own blood,” he said.

Candace Bowers

Bowers, a 40-year-old mother of two older children, had adopted a two-year-old into her home just five months before being killed in Sunday’s attack. “She had a big heart. She was just a sweetheart. She would do anything for anybody,” her aunt told the Los Angeles Times. The Garden Grove, California, woman worked as a waitress at a local Mimi’s Cafe restaurant.

“Her laugh and her smiles and [she was] always happy and spoke from the heart and you wanted the truth, you got it from Candace,” a longtime friend, Patty Tran, told ABC Los Angeles.

“Candice left this world doing what she loved, dancing to country music among loved ones,” her family wrote on a GoFundMe campaign they launched to support her children. “She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.”

Denise Cohen.
Denise Cohen Photograph: AP

Denise Cohen

Cohen, 57, was in Las Vegas to celebrate the birthday of her boyfriend, Derrick Taylor, who also died in the attack. The Carpinteria, California, resident was a mother to three boys. “We will miss her big smile, positive attitude and the way she loved to live life large,” wrote her sister in law on a GoFundMe page.

Her friend Leana Orsua said she hoped Cohen didn’t suffer. “I know she was at a happy place,” she told NBC Bay Area. “She was dancing and singing, and I think that’s what she’s doing in heaven.”

Austin Davis.
Austin Davis Photograph: AP

Austin Davis

Davis, a 29-year-old pipe fitter from Riverside, California, was in Las Vegas for a “guys’ trip” with Thomas Day, who also died in the attack. Family friends described Day, 56, as something of a second father to Davis.

“If he knew [you], he loved you. That’s just how he cared for people,” wrote his friend Katelyn Hood on a GoFundMe page set up to assist his family. “Austin would refuse to let you be upset the slightest bit in his presence. You honestly couldn’t be upset ... his smile was so contagious.”

Mark McManus, president of United Association, the union to which Davis belonged, said: “We are now beyond stunned at the loss of one of our brothers.”

Brian Fraser.
Brian Fraser Photograph: AP

Brian Fraser

Fraser, who worked as a sales manager at a mortgage company in Orange County, California, was a father of four, aged four through 25.

“He was the life of the party,” said his widow, Stephanie, who was at the festival with him. “He always had a smile on his face. He loved to hug everybody, get into everybody’s bubble,” she told Time magazine.

“‘Here’s the deal’... If you knew Brian, you have heard that come from his mouth numerous times,” family wrote on a GoFundMe page set up earlier this week. “He had a way of saying what needed to be said in just enough words.”

Keri Galvan.
Keri Galvan Photograph: AP

Keri Galvan

Galvan, a mother of three young children, was in Las Vegas attending the country music festival with her husband and a group of friends. “Her days started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother,” Galvan’s sister wrote on a GoFundMe page.

After being struck by the gunfire, Galvan died in the arms of her husband, Justin. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the two met when they were students at Simi Valley high school, though they didn’t get together until later, when Justin Galvan was in the US Marine Corps.

The couple married in Jamaica in 2011, and were just a couple of weeks away from their sixth wedding anniversary.

Stacee Etcheber. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Stacee Etcheber Photograph: AP

Stacee Etcheber

Etcheber was struck and killed while her husband, off-duty San Francisco police officer Vinnie Etcheber, tried to help usher others to safety.

“He stood back, he stood back to help those victims that were shot and he stuck with them, he stuck with them all the way to the hospital,” officer Etcheber’s brother Al told ABC San Francisco. When he returned to find his wife, everything was blocked off and she was unaccounted for.

“She leaves behind two adoring beautiful children and an amazing husband. Thank you to everyone for all the support in this past few days. We will dearly miss you,” wrote Al Etcheber in a Facebook post.

Tara Roe Smith, a Canadian victim of Las Vegas shooting.
Tara Smith Photograph: go fund me

Tara Smith

Smith, 34, was a mother of two from Alberta, Canada and worked as a professional model. “She was a beautiful soul. She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly,” her aunt Val Rodger told the Toronto Star.

Her company, Sophia Models, also expressed their condolences. “She worked as a model for our agency for over 10 years. She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit.”

Jordyn Rivera. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
Jordyn Rivera Photograph: go fund me

Jordyn Rivera

Rivera, 21, was a fourth-year student in a healthcare management program at Cal State San Bernardino, and friends described her as a warm, energetic person. In an email to students, university president Tomás Morales called her death “a devastating loss for the entire CSUSB family”.

“She passed away so young and she had everything going for her,” wrote a family friend who set up a GoFundMe page on her family’s behalf.

Carrie Barnette. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
Carrie Barnette Photograph: Twitter

Carrie Barnette

Barnette was in Las Vegas celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday, when she was struck with gunfire in the chest. Barnette, 34, worked on the culinary team at Disneyland in Anaheim and the company expressed condolences in a post Tuesday. “Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time,” the post read.

“She was a ray of sunshine,” Destiny Calderon, a former coworker, told the Orange County Register. “She always had a smile. If you had a bad day, she would lift you up.”

That’s a sentiment numerous friends shared on her Facebook wall. “Your words would dry my tears, your laugh would make me smile,” a friend wrote.

Rocio Guillen Rocha. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
Rocio Guillen Rocha Photograph: go fund me

Rocio Guillen Rocha

A longtime cast member at Disneyland who lived in Anaheim, Guillen Rocha gave birth to her fourth child, Austin, just six weeks ago. “My heart breaks that you were taken from your babies far too soon,” wrote a friend on a GoFundMe started by one of Guillen’s cousins.

Even though Guillen Rocha was shot, it was reported she managed to climb a fence at the concert venue, but later died at the hospital.

Hannah Ahlers. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
Hannah Ahlers Photograph: Facebook

Hannah Ahlers

A 34-year-old mother of three, Hannah and her husband had come to the festival with three other couples. Dave Ahlers, Hannah’s father-in-law, confirmed Monday evening to the Las Vegas Review Journal that Hannah had been struck in the head by the gunfire.

“She was possibly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen, with a heart to match,” a friend 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.”

The music festival was a destination for country music fans far and wide, and the reported deaths are likewise, from all over the US and Canada.

Sonny Melton. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Sonny Melton Photograph: AP

Sonny Melton

Sonny Melton, 29, who lived in Big Sandy, Tennessee, and worked at a nearby hospital, was the first victim publicly identified. Family members confirmed to the news station WSMV that he was killed in the gunfire.

His wife, Heather Melton, told WZTV that her husband had shielded her from bullets on the ground when the shooting began. “He saved my life and lost his,” she said.

A friend of the couple told the Paris (Tennessee) Post-Intelligencer that the two had gotten married about a year ago.

“I want everyone to know what a kindhearted loving man he was, but at this point I can barely breathe,” Heather Melton wrote to USA Today.

The couple both worked at Henry County medical center in Tennessee, he as a registered nurse, she as an orthopedic surgeon. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families,” the center’s chief executive, Thomas Gee, said in a statement.

Jordan McIldoon. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Jordan McIldoon. Photograph: CBC

Jordan McIldoon

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that a 23-year-old British Columbia man, Jordan McIldoon, was also among the dead, according to his parents. Another concertgoer posted on Facebook on Sunday night that McIldoon had “died in [her] arms”.

“We only had one child,” McIldoon’s parents told CBC. “We just don’t know what to do.”

Bailey Schweitzer. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Bailey Schweitzer Photograph: web

Bailey Schweitzer

Local outlets in Bakersfield, California, have confirmed with family members that 20-year-old Bailey Schweitzer was killed in the attack. The Los Angeles Times reported that Schweitzer was a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting, a software company in Bakersfield.

“Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day,” Infinity’s chief executive Fred Brakeman told the Times. “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.”

Dana Gardner. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Dana Gardner Photograph: web

Dana Gardner

San Bernardino County officials announced in an email to staff that Dana Gardner, 52, a longtime county employee, had died Monday morning from gunshot wounds sustained in the onslaught. Five other county employees who were also at the concert are said to have been injured.

Bob Dutton, the assessor-recorder-county clerk, told the Sun that Gardner, the deputy recorder, was a “go-to” person and a “dedicated public servant”.

Jessica Klymchuk. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Jessica Klymchuk Photograph: Handout/Reuters

Jessica Klymchuk

Jessica Klymchuk, an Edmonton, Alberta, mother of four, was also confirmed dead in the shooting. In a statement, Alberta’s premier, Rachel Notley, called the incident an “act of violence that is almost beyond comprehension in a time of peace”.

Klymchuk worked as an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St Stephen’s School, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Tina Moore, who had worked with Klymchuk, said: “She did so much for her children. She went over and above for them.”

Klymchuk was in Vegas with her fiance for the music festival.

Quinton Robbins. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Quinton Robbins Photograph: Web

Quinton Robbins

The first Las Vegas resident identified as a victim was 20-year-old Quinton Robbins, a student at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

On Facebook, a woman who identified herself as Robbins’s aunt wrote: “He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person.”

Rhonda LeRocque. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Rhonda LeRocque Photograph: Facebook

Rhonda LeRocque

Rhonda LeRocque, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was identified as a victim by relatives. Her family told Boston 25 News that she was with her husband, Jason, when she was shot in the back of the head.

“[Her husband] thought she ducked and she didn’t – she was caught in the back of the head,” Rhonda’s half-sister Jennifer Zelenski said.

Denise Burditus, right. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Denise Burditus, right Photograph: Facebook

Denise Burditus

Denise Burditus, of Martinsville, West Virginia, was also among the first victims to be identified.

Her husband, who was also at the concert, mourned her on Facebook. “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.”

Sandy Casey. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Sandy Casey Photograph: web

Sandy Casey

The city of Manhattan Beach, California, lost Sandy Casey, 35, a middle school teacher. A local paper, the Daily Breeze, reported that Casey was a special-education teacher from Redondo Beach, and had attended the Route 91 Harvest festival with a group of fellow teachers, principals and staff members from Manhattan Beach Unified, which shared news of her death in an email to parents.

Casey was engaged to Christopher Willemse, a special-education aide, according to the Daily Breeze. He shared a photo of the couple on Facebook and wrote: “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. I love you baby girl! Love you to pieces!”

Rachel Parker. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Rachel Parker Photograph: Manhattan Beach police

Rachael Parker

Also of Manhattan Beach, Rachael Parker was a 10-year veteran civilian employee of its police department.

Her mother, Robin Monter, told KXLY, a TV news station in Spokane, that Parker was “brilliant and had a heart of gold”. She also said her daughter volunteered with the elderly and the homeless.

Angela Gomez. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Angela Gomez Photograph: web

Angela Gomez

A 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic high school in Riverside, California, Angela Gomez was identified by the Riverside Unified school district as one of the victims, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

On Monday, a Facebook post read: “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that one of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Poly High School.”

The high school’s staff described Gomez as “fun-loving young lady with a great sense of humor” who had a “warm heart and loving spirit”.

Gomez, a cheerleader in high school, was described by her former English teacher and cheer coach, Lupe Avila, as a “wonderful young woman who had her whole life ahead of her”.

Charleston Hartfield. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Charleston Hartfield Photograph: Facebook

Charleston Hartfield

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer and military veteran named Charleston Hartfield was identified by friends as a victim, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I don’t know a better man than Charles,” said Troy Rhett, who said he’d been friends with Hartfield for eight years. “They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. There’s no truer statement than that with Charles.”

Stan King, who wrote “RIP Brother” on Hartfield’s Facebook page, told the Review-Journal that Hartfield was “one of the nicest guys ever” and would be remembered as “the most true-blue American guy I’ve ever met”.

Adrian Murfitt. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Adrian Murfitt Photograph: Facebook

Adrian Murfitt

A close friend of Adrian Murfitt watched as medics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him, the New York Times reported.

Murfitt, 35, was a commercial salmon fisherman in his home state of Alaska. He loved playing hockey, could fix almost anything mechanical, and was devoted to his dog, Paxson, a Western Siberian Laika.

After working long hours throughout the summer, he and two other childhood friends booked tickets for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, his sister, Shannon Gothard, told the Times.

Murfitt was with his friend, Brian MacKinnon, when shooting broke out, Gothard told the Times.

“He was just having a good time, enjoying himself and got shot in the neck,” she said of her brother. A woman standing next to Murfitt was shot in the head, MacKinnon told the family.

He watched as medics tried to resuscitate Murfitt, though the medics told MacKinnon to leave the scene for his own safety.

Susan Smith. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
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Susan Smith

Susan Smith, 53, was a popular office manager at an elementary school in Simi Valley, Calif. She had two children.

Her father, Tom Rementer, told the New York Times that his daughter was a “wonderful person”.

Smith had worked at the Vista Elementary School in Simi Valley, California, for three years and the school district for 16 years, a spokesperson for the school district told ABC News.

She had been attending the festival with two friends, who both survived.

Lisa Romero-Muniz. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Lisa Romero-Muniz Photograph: Facebook

Lisa Romero-Muniz

Lisa Romero-Muniz, a high school secretary from Gallup, New Mexico, was an “incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students”, the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools interim superintendent, Mike Hyatt, said in a statement.

“As a colleague, she was also outgoing, kind and considerate of all those she worked with,” he said.

A wife, mother, and grandmother, Romero-Muniz had been in Las Vegas with her husband to see the country music singer Jason Aldean for their wedding anniversary.

“She was beyond excited,” said Rosie Fernandez, her friend and supervisor at the high school where they worked told the New York Times.

“For her husband to remember her anniversary and do all of that, this was a big thing for her.”

John Phippen. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
John Phippen Photograph: Facebook

John Phippen

John Phippen of Santa Clarita, California, was with his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back, Reuters said.

Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car that took them to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where the elder Phippen died from his injuries.

“He was my best friend,” Travis told the Los Angeles Times. “He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew.”

In the chaotic scene, Travis had been shot in the arm but didn’t realise it until he arrived at the hospital. He is staying with family in the Las Vegas area until the Clark County coroner releases his father’s body.

A GoFundMe page set up by a neighbour described Phippen as having “a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match”.

Chris Roybal. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017
Chris Roybal Photograph: Go Fund Me

Chris Roybal

Roybal, 28, was a United States military veteran who served in Afghanistan. He was in Las Vegas celebrating his birthday with with his mother, who survived, ABC News reported.

In a Facebook post from July, Roybal described what it was like to come under gunfire during combat.

“I remember that first day, not sure how to feel. It was never fear, to be honest, mass confusion. Sensory overload … followed by the most amount of natural adrenaline that could never be duplicated through a needle,” he wrote.

“Unfortunately, as the fights continue and as they as increase in numbers and violence, that excitement fades and the anger is all that’s left.

“The anger stays, long after your friends have died, the lives you’ve taken are buried and your boots are placed neatly in a box in some storage unit.

“Still covered in the dirt you’ve refused to wash off for fear of forgetting the most raw emotions you as a human being will ever feel again.

“What’s it like to be shot at? It’s a nightmare no amount of drugs, no amount of therapy and no amount of drunk talks with your war veteran buddies will ever be able to escape.”

Thomas Allen Day Jr, a victim of Las Vegas shooting. facebook photo
Thomas Allen Day Jr Photograph: web

Thomas Day Jr

The Los Angeles Times reported that Thomas Day Jr was a 54-year-old home builder from Riverside, California.

He went to the festival with his four children, who are all in their 20s and 30s. Day’s father told the LA Times that Day’s children were “crushed.”

“He was the best dad,” Day Sr said. “That’s why the kids were with him.”

Neysa Tonks. A victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on 2 October 2017.
Neysa Tonks Photograph: go fund me

Neysa Tonks

Tonks was a mother of three who lived and worked in Las Vegas. “She was a very nice woman who was full of life and energy,” her former church counselor Tracy Downey told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

After word of her death, Tonk’s employer, Technologent, began a GoFundMe page for her family “in their hour of need”. Tonks “has been a light to everyone she’s touched” one friend wrote on GoFundMe. “The world will not be the same without her. We must carry on in her honor. Love and prayers to her family!”

Friends flooded the fundraising page with photos, of them together and captions like “you made me smile and always knew how to enjoy life”. She was 46.

Jenny Parks, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Jenny Parks Photograph: web

Jenny Parks

A kindergarten teacher and mother of two, Parks lived in Lancaster, California with her husband Bobby, who sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound in the arm Sunday. Family told People Magazine that Parks had just earned her master’s in education earlier this year and was in the process planning her husband’s 40th birthday party.

Jenny was “absolutely beautiful and very intelligent, had a wonderful sense of humor and was so kind”, Bobby’s uncle told the magazine.

Her husband’s Facebook page shows a smiling family at Dodgers games and on vacation. “Great picture of such an amazing family!” one friend wrote.

Christiana Duarte, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Christiana Duarte Photograph: Twitter

Christiana Duarte

Christiana Duarte, 22, had gone to the country music festival with her brother’s girlfriend, Ariel Romero. Although both women were shot, Romero was expected to recover after having undergone surgery, family friend Danette Meyers told the New York Times.

“I can’t tell you how this has hit all of us,” she said. “This is just unbelievable. This senseless, violent act is just killing us all.”

Victor Link. Las Vegas mass shooting victim
Victor Link Photograph: Twitter

Victor Link

Victor Link, from Orange County, California, died after taking a bullet to the chest.

Victor’s father, Loyd Link, 52, who worked in the financial services industry and lived with his partner, Lynne Gonzales, told the New York Times: “Rob, his best friend, who is a firefighter and a paramedic, picked my son up and carried him to a safer place and tried to resuscitate him,” Loyd said. “But it didn’t happen.”

Jack Beaton, Las Vegas mass shooting victim
Jack Beaton Photograph: Twitter

Jack Beaton

Beaton died while shielding his wife, Laurie, from gunfire, his family told the New York Times. His father-in-law, Jerry Cook, said Beaton covered his wife’s body with his own, and was hit. “He told her he loved her,” Cook said. “Laurie could tell he was slipping. She told him she loved him and she would see him in heaven.”

Beaton’s son, Jake, paid tribute to his father on Facebook. “Lost my best friend,” he wrote. “I love you so much more than you could ever imagine. Please watch over our family. You will forever be remembered as our hero!”

Melissa Ramirez, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Melissa Ramirez Photograph: AP

Melissa Ramirez

The daughter of Mexican immigrants who became American citizens, Melissa Ramirez, 26, had recently received a promotion at the car insurance company where she worked, her cousin, Fabiola Farnetti, told the New York Times. She added: “She always helped her parents, and just wanted to be there.”

The family had held out hope that she had survived the shooting, but her father identified her remains at the Las Vegas morgue early on Tuesday, the NYT reported.

Heather Alvarado, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Heather Alvarado Photograph: Facebook

Heather Alvarado

Heather Alvarado, 35, was described as a wife, mother, sister, friend, and “so much more”, according to a GoFundMe page. The page reportedly said that Alvarado was “always the first to help out” and “anyone she comes across she makes them feel like family.”

Alvarado had travelled with her family to attend the concert in Las Vegas, and the police said she died after being injured in the shooting. “It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Heather Warino Alvarado, wife of Cedar City firefighter Albert Alvarado,” Sergeant Jerry Womack, spokesman for the police department in Cedar City, Utah, said in a statement.

Kurt Von Tillow, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Kurt Von Tillow Photograph: Twitter

Kurt Von Tillow

Kurt Von Tillow, 55, had travelled to Las Vegas for the concert with his family members and they were together when the attack occurred. Von Tillow’s wife and daughter escaped unharmed but his sister was shot in the thigh and his niece in the ankle, his brother-in-law Mark Carson said. The NYT said both were expected to recover.

Von Tillow’s wife told her family members she was herded out of the area by the authorities amid the chaos of the shooting scene, Carson told the New York Times. “That was probably the hardest part for her – having to leave him there.”

Carson described Von Tillow as being “the most patriotic person you’ve ever met” and told the NYT: “Guarantee you, he’s covered in red, white and blue right now, with a Coors Light in his hand, smiling with his family and listening to some music.”

Andrea Castilla, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Andrea Castilla Photograph: Facebook

Andrea Castilla

Andrea Castilla, 28, was visiting her younger sister, Athena, in Las Vegas for her birthday when the attack took place, said the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Review-Journal said her death was even more painful as her boyfriend was intending to propose to her. Athena said: “I told him, ‘I hope you knew she would say yes in a heartbeat.’”

Castilla wanted to make those afflicted with illnesses feel beautiful. For Castilla, from Huntington Beach, California, makeup was more than just a job for her. She told her brother that she wanted to serve cancer patients with her talents. The same disease had taken her mother’s life when she was a teenager, reported the Review-Journal.

“That’s what made her really happy. Making people feel beautiful,” Athena told the Review-Journal. “She just had such a great outlook on life.”

Lisa Patterson, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Lisa Patterson Photograph: GoFundMe

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson, a Californian mother of three, was a great person who was active in church, her husband of over 30 years, Robert Patterson said. He added that they loved coming to Las Vegas. “We liked the atmosphere of Vegas, so a lot of times when we took a vacation, it was to Las Vegas,” he said.

Patterson was not with his wife when the attack occurred, said the Review-Journal, and came to Las Vegas to find his wife after the incident happened. While his two older children came with him, he said his youngest eight-year-old daughter stayed home. Patterson said he wanted to be the one to tell his daughter her mother is dead.

A friend of Lisa Patterson, Andy Tamilin, said: “Lisa had an infectious energy and fierce love for her family, and we are beyond heartbroken for Bob and their three kids.” He added that Patterson and her husband “spent hours donating their time and energy to help the girls of our community”.

Bill Wolfe Jr.
Bill Wolfe Jr. Photograph: Dave Huh/AP

Bill Wolfe Jr

Pennsylvania youth sports coach Bill Wolfe Jr, a 42-year-old father of two, was celebrating his 20th anniversary with his wife, Robyn, when the shooting happened, said the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Wolfe was a Little League coach and coached the Shippensburg youth wrestling programme for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, Tony Yianiello, head coach of the Shippensburg high school’s varsity wrestling team, told the Review-Journal. “Some people simply live in the community, Bill lived for his community,” Yianiello said.

Michelle Vo a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Michelle Vo. Photograph: Facebook

Michelle Vo

Michelle Vo, 32, of Eagle Rock, California, who worked in financial services for the Pasadena branch of New York Life Insurance Co, was remembered on Tuesday in the US House of Representatives.

Vo, who was a native of San Jose, California, was described as “an ambitious hard worker, known for her charisma and fierce independence” in a statement read on the House floor by representative Jimmy Gomez.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor, a victim of Las Vegas shooting
Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor Photograph: AP

Derrick Taylor

Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 52, was a Californian correctional lieutenant who led inmates to fight wildfires, said the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was a 29-year veteran of the California department of corrections and rehabilitation, and celebrated his most recent birthday on 25 September, a department spokesman, Bill Sessa said.

It added that Taylor led a staff of nine, and together they were responsible for more than 100 inmates in coordination with Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting arm.


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