Monday 20 November 2017

Heroes and heartbreak as identities of victims emerge

Sonny and Heather Melton
Sonny and Heather Melton

The first victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas were last night confirmed as a heroic husband, a high-school secretary and a student mechanic.

Sonny Melton, a 29-year-old nurse, was among the 22,000-strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival with his wife, Heather Melton.

His grieving widow has described how she would have died were it not for his quick actions when bullets started flying through the air.

"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."

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

Victim 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.

His aunt, 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."

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.

Jordan McIldoon (23) a mechanic apprentice from British Columbia, Canada, was also killed, his parents have confirmed.

Al and Angela McIldoon said he was attending the music festival with his girlfriend.

Irish Independent

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