Wednesday 18 October 2017

Las Vegas victims: Husbands saving their wives, parents protecting their kids and young students among the 59 killed

  • Special needs teacher, nurse and off-duty police officer among those killed
  • Police hunt for motive behind worst ever US shooting
  • Grieving widow pays tribute to heroic husband: 'He saved my life and lost his'
  • Fears death toll may rise further
  • Families face anxious wait as victims continue to be identified
Jordan McIldoon
Jordan McIldoon
Sonny and Heather Melton
Rachael Parker, a police records technician with Manhattan Beach Police Department (Photo via AP)
Adrian Murfitt, of Anchorage, Alaska, who was one of the people killed when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (Courtesy of Avonna Murfit via AP)
The gunman - named by police as Stephen Paddock (64) - opened fire from a hotel room on hundreds of poeple attending a music concert in Las Vegas
People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People tend to the wounded outside the festival ground after an apparent shooting on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A pair of cowboy boots is shown in the street outside the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas StripY
Police vehicles block a street corner after a deadly shooting at a music festival (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
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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, according to police.

Among them were a hospital nurse, a high-school secretary, an off-duty police officer and an apprentice mechanic.

Jessica Klymchuk and Jordan McIldoon

People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People tend to the wounded outside the festival ground after an apparent shooting on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A pair of cowboy boots is shown in the street outside the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas StripY
Police vehicles block a street corner after a deadly shooting at a music festival (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Two Canadians - a mother-of-four and a man just days from his 24th birthday - were among those killed in the shooting.

Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alberta, and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, died in Las Vegas.

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jessica Klymchuk, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 2, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Klymchuk, 28, was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St Stephen's School, said the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division.

"The scope of this tragedy is worldwide, and we are feeling its impact here at home," the division's superintendent, Betty Turpin, said in a statement.

A post on Klymchuk's Facebook page said she got engaged in April, and was in Vegas with her fiance.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement that Mclldoon, a mechanic's apprentice, was among those killed.

"We only had one child," parents Al and Angela McIldoon, told the CBC. "We just don't know what to do."

Horgan offered condolences and said flags will be dropped to half-staff on the province's Parliament buildings and on government buildings in Maple Ridge.

Sonny Melton

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.

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Sonny and 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.

“He 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 man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe."

A woman lights candles at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017 REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A woman lights candles at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017 REUTERS/Chris Wattie
People gather at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A police officer writes a message on a sign at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A candlelight vigil is pictured on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017. Picture taken October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A sign is pictured at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017. Picture taken October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Luminaries for victims of the the Sunday evening shooting tragedy in Las Vegas are lit on the front steps of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church surrounded by those brought together in prayer and solidarity on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Roanoke, Va. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
The U.S. Capitol dome backdrops a column of American flags standing at half-staff as the sun rises on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the foot of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
People gather at Trocadero plaza as the lights of the Eiffel tower are turned off, in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Eiffel tower will turn off its lights Monday at midnight Paris hour to pay tribute to Las Vegas and Marseille victims. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

In a Facebook post she said she had lost her “true love and knight in shining armour”.

"At this point, I'm in complete disbelief and despair,” she wrote. “I don't know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his.”

Charleston Hartfield

Off-duty Las Vegas police officer and youth football coach Charleston Hartfield was among those killed, two of his friends said.

Hartfield, 34, was known as a selfless, respected leader who brought out the best in his players, said Stan King, whose son played football for Hartfield.

Troy Rhett, another friend of Hartfield's through football, said he knew from social media that Hartfield was attending the Sunday concert.

When he heard about the shooting, he texted him, hoping to learn Hartfield was safe. He never heard back, and Rhett said he later learned through another friend that Hartfield had died.

Hartfield, who also went by "Chuck" or "Charles" or even "Chucky Hart," was also a military veteran and leaves behind a son and a daughter, Rhett said.

Adrian Murfitt

Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was also among the slain, a family member said.

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Adrian Murfitt, of Anchorage, Alaska, who was one of the people killed when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (Courtesy of Avonna Murfit via AP)

His sister, Shannon Gothard, said the family heard from one of Murfitt's friends who was with him when he died, though they haven't received official confirmation about his death.

Asked if the family was holding out hope that he made it after all, she said, "No. No."

Gothard described her brother 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.

Denise Burditus

MetroNews, a West Virginia-based radio network, reported that Tony Burditus wrote on his Facebook page that his wife Denise 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," he wrote. "Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE."

Denise Burditus' Facebook page includes a photo of her and her husband at the same festival last year. Mandalay Bay, the hotel where the gunman opened fire, is shown in the background.

Quinton Robbins

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Quinton Robbins Photo: Facebook
 

Quinton Robbins (20) worked as a recreation assistant for his local authority in his hometown Henderson, Nevada, and coached his younger brother’s American football team.

Hisaunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, confirmed his death on Facebook.

'Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile,” she wrote. “He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.”

Tyce Jones, who has known the Robbins family for 14 years, told Newsweek: “Quinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy.

“Always had a smile on his face and was a nice guy. He loved his family and loved to coach his little brother’s flag football team. He will be missed.”

Lisa Romero

Another victim was named as Lisa Romero, a school secretary from Gallup, New Mexico, described as a “good lady” and a “wonderful woman” by friends and colleagues.

Krystal Montano, a family friend, wrote on Facebook: “Omg our friend was killed in the Las Vegas shooting so so sad my heart is heavy Rip Lisa Romero out of Gallup New Mexico.”

Gallup Sun Publishing wrote online: “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Lisa Romero. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to her coworkers and the students of Miyamura High School during this difficult time. Lisa died last night during the mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV.”

Susan Smith

Susan Smith, 53, a resident of Simi Valley, California, near Los Angeles, had worked for the local school district since 2001 as the office manager at Vista Elementary School.

"Susan was wonderful with the kids and the staff and was an integral part of the school community here," said Jake Finch, the public information officer for the district.

"She was the hub of everything that happened at the school. If a kid is sick, she's the one calling the parents and no matter how chaotic things got here, she was always smiling."

Finch said the school district learned about Smith's death from friends who had been with her at the music festival. She said when teachers and other staff members in the district and at the school arrived early on Monday morning, most of them had not yet heard that Smith was among those who were killed.

She said Smith was married with two adult children, adding that Smith's love for country music was well-known.

Rachael Parker

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Rachael Parker, a police records technician with Manhattan Beach Police Department (Photo via AP)
 

Rachael Parker, a police records technician, died in hospital, the Manhattan Beach Police Department said.

Parker was among four department employees who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival while off-duty. 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.

Sandy Casey

Sandy Casey, a middle school special education teacher living in Redondo Beach, California, was killed in Sunday night's attack, the school district and a relative said.

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Sandra Casey

"This is unbelievably tragic and sad," Mike Matthews, superintendent of the Manhattan Beach School District, wrote in a Monday morning letter to the district. "This loss is impacting many of our staff members deeply."

Casey was at the Las Vegas concert with her fiance and a friend, who were not injured, said Linda O'Leary, a cousin of Casey's mother who is acting as a family spokeswoman. Most of Casey's extended family lives in Vermont, she said.

"They're receiving a lot of support and love, the best you can do with an unbelievable tragedy," she said.

The family is discussing setting up a scholarship in Casey's name.

Dorene Anderson

Dorene Anderson was the second person from Anchorage, Alaska, confirmed killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas, her husband's employer said.

Anderson's husband, John, works for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The chief executive of that organisation sent an email to employees on Monday informing them that Dorene had been killed in the shooting.

Anderson described herself on her Facebook page as a stay-at-home wife and mother whose outside interest was a passion for the Alaska Aces, a minor league hockey team that recently disbanded and was sold to the parent company of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.

Angie Gomez

Angie Gomez was a former pupil of a high school in Riverside, California, according to 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.

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Angie Gomez (Image via gofundme)

Friends from a cheerleading group paid tribute and set up a GoFundMe page to raise money 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 that Angie was also 20 and 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 said . "She had such a sincere soul and was such a caregiver. She would have been the perfect nurse."

Bailey Schweitzer

Bailey Schweitzer, 20, from Bakersfield , California, was the daughter of Scott and Crissy Schweitzer who won the local speedway track, according to the local ABC affiliate.

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Bailey Schweitzer (Image via Facebook)

“Bailey has been everybody’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 it’s really beyond belief,” one friend, Lyle CK Dyson, wrote on Facebook.

Dana Gardner

An employee of the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s office for 26 years, Dana Gardner was described as a "dedicated public servant".

“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,” San Bernardino County Interim CEO Dena Smith said in an email to the Board of Supervisors Monday.

Her daughter wrote on Facebook: "I am deeply saddened to say 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  ❤️ thank you  Dana Gardner I love you!"

Carrie Barnette

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Carrie Barnette
 

The 34-year-old, an employee of Walt Disneyland in Anaheim, was shot in the chest.

“I knew she was there, we have been up all night awaiting news. We knew she had been shot. This morning a friend with her confirmed she is gone,” her cousin Janice Chambers told The Arizona Republic.

Friends mourned her death on social media. "Carrie Barnette, words cannot express how saddened I am that you are no longer here," Nicole Johnson wrote. "I will never forget the fun that we had together and all the shenanigans that came with it. I will miss your kindness and generosity towards others. My heart is broken and I pray that your family finds comfort. Heaven has gained another Angel and you're now reunited with your beloved grandparents. RIP sweet Carrie."

Chris Roybal

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 “What’s it like to be shot at?”

READ MORE: 'What's it like being shot at?' Poignant last Facebook post of Las Vegas shooting victim 

Roybal’s friend Matthew Austin wrote on Facebook that the two joined the Navy when they were “just boys.”

“It breaks my heart and infuriates me that a veteran can come home from war unharmed and events like these occur,” Austin wrote. “Shipmate you were taken much to soon, and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest easy friend. You have been relieved and we have the watch.”

John Phippen

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.

“Today, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of man to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Harvest 91 Festival shooting,” stated a GoFundMe page created by neighbour and friend Leah Nagyivanyi. “To say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement.”

Mr Phippen was a father 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 that Mr Phippen was a  “lumberjack kind of a guy” who loved music.

Jake Diaz, 19,  a friend of the Phippens, said family members told them that Phippen jumped on top of his son when the shooting started. “He saved his life,” he said.

The son, Travis, then went on to administer medical help to others, even though he was bleeding from the arm.

Rhonda LeRocque

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Rhonda LeRocque
 

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.

“[Her husband] thought she ducked and she didn’t she was caught in the back of the head," Rhonda's half-sister Jennifer Zeleneski told Fox News.

She was ‘as close to perfection as you can get,’ her family said.

She had been married for 20 years after meeting at  Jehovah's Witness worship meeting where Jason served as a minister.

Ms LaRocque and her husband were huge country music fans and she dreamed of owning her own business.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine

Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News. A coworker and friend identified Irvine as a victim to a CBS correspondent.

A friend of Ms Irvine wrote on Facebook: "Our dear friend, Jennifer Topaz Irvine was one of the victims of the crazy, lunatic terrorist 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 difficult for a family.

"We love you Jennifer and we will always remember you. Rest in peace".

A former colleague said: "My good 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

 

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.”

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 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 that she was brutally killed with a weapon and she had no chance."

Neysa Tonks

 

Neysa Tonks, of Las Vegas, who worked at Technologent, an Irvine, California-based technology company, was also among the victims, the Los Angeles Times said.

She was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe campaign created by Technologent.

"Neysa brought joy, happiness, fun and laughter 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 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 won’t be able to see our beautiful cousin, Neysa Tonks again. I’m still at a loss for words. She was a wonderful Mom, daughter, sister, cousin, and all around, a good 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 that not only took the life of Neysa, but 58 (and counting) other humans who are also someone’s Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, share stories of the innocent lives that were lost. Today is a dark day. Please, stop killing people.

"We will miss you, Neysa."

John Phippen

John Phippen, 56,  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.

“Today, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of man to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Harvest 91 Festival shooting,” stated a GoFundMe page created by neighbour and friend Leah Nagyivanyi. “To say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement.”

Mr Phippen was a father 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 that Mr Phippen was a  “lumberjack kind of a guy” who loved music.

Jake Diaz, 19,  a friend of the Phippens, said family members told them that Phippen jumped on top of his son when the shooting started. “He saved his life,” he said.

The son, Travis, then went on to administer medical help to others, even though he was bleeding from the arm.

Mr Polucki said Mr Phippen actually “looks like a teddy bear and acts like a sweetheart,” with a calm demeanor no matter how tense a situation.

“There’d be stuff where I’m screaming profanities and he’s like, no problem, no worries. That’s just the kind of guy he was. It took a world calamity for him to bat an eye,” Mr Polucki said.

“He was the guy you wanted to have a beer with,” he continued. “You wouldn’t want to hang out with a celebrity or a politician. You’d want to hang out with John.”

Thomas Day Jr.

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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

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 said in a statement. "She was our sunshine."

A friend wrote on Facebook: "I just saw and found out 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 friend Brian and their kids to have to go through this. I just can't believe it. This is horrible."

Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramierez, from California, was reported as one of the victims of the attack.

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Melissa Ramirez

A friend 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 ! I’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 pain nomore meds.. Your dancing in the sky.. So today we share this day together,, just like old times..

"Yet ill 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 but never forgotten.."

Jack Beaton

Jack Beaton, from California, was fatally wounded after trying to save his wife, Laurie, from bullets.

The two were celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary.

His father-in-law  Jerry Cook said: "He put Laurie on the ground and covered her with his body and he got shot I don’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

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Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson's partner, who survived the attack, confirmed on Facebook 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 story with Michael is that it has been ever lasting since the moment we locked eyes. I have been crazy in love with this man since I was fifteen. I never felt so much love and adoration. He was everything a woman could want and need in a man.

"So I held on tight. We fought long and hard 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 person so much that it consumes me. I look into my son's eyes and see his father.

"The man that I will never stop loving. There's no amount of time that'll surpass my love and hurt 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, first 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 that I'll never have his comforting hands caress me, and strong arms pull my body into his in the middle of the night breaks my heart entirely. Rest in love mi amor, we will always love you."

Austin Davis

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Austin Davis
 

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 that he had died.

She said: "From Lori and Gary and Stacey and the rest for the family and myself: tonight we lost an amazing 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..."

Brennan Stewart

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Brennan Stewart
 

Family and friends desperately searched for Brennan Stewart after the attack.

Late on Monday night, it was confirmed that the 30-year-old, from Vegas, had died.

A friend wrote: "R.I.P my dear friend. I'll never forget the amazing times we shared and the way you made people light up around you. I feel so blessed to have known you.

"Today is absolutely heartbreaking. The world lost an amazing man. Love you buddy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends and for your amazing girlfriend".

Another friend 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 hard 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. "

His stricken girlfriend wrote: " I dislocated my knee and as I was holding onto Brennan a man took action to protect me and pulled me away from him hiding me under a table.

I was unable to get back to Brennan and this man carried me running me to safety".

Kurt Von Tillow

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Kurt von Tillow
 

55-year-old Kurt Von Tillow died in the attack.

A friend wrote on Facebook: "Normally, I keep any posts that I might make on Facebook light, but today is different. Today I want to pay tribute to a wonderful father, husband, and friend who tragically lost his life in the senseless Las Vegas shooting last night.

"Kurt von Tillow was a dear friend who lit up the room with his famous 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 good time.

"Beyond that Kurt was a wonderful husband to his wife Mary Jo and father to his children Matthew and Jessica. Kurt was the type of person that would do anything for his family and friends. RIP Kurt. I will miss you greatly, but 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 difficult time."

His family told local news reporters 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 also there with his sister and niece, who have non-life-threatening injuries.

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