UPDATE: Read an updated list of all 58 victims here.
At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night in what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
As news develops, the nation is processing this horrific event and we have outlined a few ways you can help, including donating blood to victims and donating to the Red Cross’ Southern Nevada chapter or a GoFundMe campaign that has been created to raise money for the victims.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Below, find a remembrance of the victims who have been identified so far.
Sonny Melton, 29, a registered nurse from Tennessee, was the first victim to be identified, according to WZTV. He was pronounced dead soon after being shot in the back shielding his wife, Heather Melton, from gunfire. “He saved my life,” she attested. “He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back. I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
20-year-old Quinton Robbins of Henderson, Nev., was identified as one of the victims by his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders. According to his Facebook page, he attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and worked as a recreational assistant in Henderson.
“He was truly an amazing person,” Sanders wrote on Facebook. “He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many. So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul.” Doreen Hawk-Wells, another aunt, added on Facebook: “He overcame health issues and did not let them interfere with living his life to the fullest.”
Jordan McIldoon, a mechanic from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was identified as another victim by surviving attendee Heather Gooze. His parents confirmed the heartbreaking word to CBC News, saying he had traveled to attend the festival with his girlfriend. “We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”
35-year-old Alaskan native Adrian Murfitt lost his life after being struck by a bullet in the neck while standing near the stage. Murfitt was a commercial fisherman, visiting Vegas along with his best friend Brian MacKinnon to celebrate a successful fishing season, according to USA Today. Despite efforts to revive him, he died in MacKinnon’s arms, reports Alaska Dispatch News.
Susan Smith, a 53-year-old elementary school office manager, was also among the casualties. Smith was a passionate country music fan who’d worked for Simi Valley, Calif.’s school district since 2001, reports Ventura County Star. “She’s the hub… really the heart of the school,” district spokesperson Jake Finch said.
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Off-duty Las Vegas police officer and youth football coach Charleston Hartfield was among those killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, 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 learned through another friend Monday morning 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.
Hartfield is listed as author of a book titled Memoirs of Public Servant about his time as a Las Vegas police officer.
Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was also among the slain, a family member said Monday.
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.
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.
While the sun was still shining Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Denise Burditus posted a photo on Facebook of herself and her husband standing in front of the stage, smiling broadly.
Later, after news of the massacre spread, a friend asked: “Are you two ok????”
Burditus never replied.
The Martinsburg, W. Va., woman was among dozens of people killed when a gunman opened fire from a hotel overlooking the festival. MetroNews, a West Virginia-based radio network, reported 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.”
Denise Burditus’ Facebook page includes a photo of herself with her husband at the same festival last year. Mandalay Bay, the hotel where the gunman opened fire, is shown in the background.
Lisa Romero, a high school secretary from Gallup, N.M., was an “incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students,” the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools interim superintendent said Monday.
District officials confirmed to reporters on Monday that Romero, 48, died sometime after a 64-year-old man fired multiple weapons.
“Last night during the mass shooting in Las Vegas we lost one of our staff members,” interim superintendent Mike Hyatt wrote to employees. “Lisa Romero, discipline secretary at Miyamura [High School], was a victim in the shooting. Our prayers go out to her family during this tragic time.”
Survivors included Romero-Muniz’s husband, children and grandchildren, Hyatt said. Officials announced a candlelight vigil in honor of Romero-Muniz set for Monday night.
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 Sunday night in Las Vegas.
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 says she got engaged in April and was in Vegas with her fiancé.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement that Mclldoon, a mechanic’s apprentice, was among those killed.
“We only had one child,” 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.
Susan Smith, 53, a resident of Simi Valley, Calif., 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 Monday morning, most of them had not yet heard that Smith was among those who were killed.
She said counselors were dispatched to the school to talk to both staff members and students and when students were told, they took part in activities such as writing letters and making cards for Smith.
“It doesn’t sound like much but it gives kids something to latch on to, to make sure they felt like they were able to help in some way,” she said.
She said Smith was married with two adult children, adding that Smith’s love for country music was well-known.
Rachel Parker, a police records technician, was shot and ultimately died in the 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, a middle school special education teacher living in Redondo Beach, Calif., was killed in Sunday night’s attack, the school district and a relative said.
“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, 35, is an alumna of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., and Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., said Linda O’Leary, a cousin of Casey’s mother who is acting as a family spokeswoman.
Casey was at the Las Vegas concert with her fiancé and a friend, who were not injured, O’Leary said. 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.
Chris Roybal survived deployment to Afghanistan prior to being killed at the Las Vegas concert. According to KSNV News 3, Roybal was at the concert celebrating his upcoming birthday with his mother, who was in a different section when the shooting occurred.
Roybal’s last public Facebook post is quite haunting, as he details the feeling of being shot at while serving in the military overseas. He stated, “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.”
Angie Gomez graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA in 2015, according to crime and safety reporter Beatriz Valenzuela.
The young woman’s life was cut short due to injuries sustained during the shooting. According to a GoFundMe page started to benefit her family, “It is with deepest sadness and absolute shock that we mourn the loss of Poly Cheer Alumni, Angela Gomez. Angie was a member of the Class of 2015. She was a cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit.”
my heart is in shambles and none of this feels real. 8 yrs of friendship & we had so much more to go. rest easy twin, you are so loved — pic.twitter.com/Nol0G2QGLA
— veronika (@veronikaelyssa) October 2, 2017
Bailey Schweitzer fell victim to the shootings in Las Vegas at the age of 20. Fox 17 News reported that the Schweitzer family confirmed her death, and that she was a Centennial High School graduate in the Class of 2015.
Friend and photographer Makenzie Hollar posted Schweitzer’s senior portraits to Facebook, along with a loving message. Hoping to garner support for the Schweitzer’s return home, she said, “Bailey Schweitzer was and IS so incredibly loved! Bailey was a victim of the shootings in Las Vegas. Here are some of her senior portraits from two years ago to put a lovely face to the name. If you would like to donate a meal (or financially donate) to the Schweitzer family during this difficult time you may do so at the link below.”
Jenny Parks was a kindergarten teacher in Palmdale, Calif., who was happily married to her childhood sweetheart, with whom she had two kids. Parks just graduated with her master’s degree this past summer. A GoFundMe page was created for Parks and her family.
Riverside, Calif., resident Austin Davis‘ death was confirmed by his girlfriend, Aubree Hennigan, in a Facebook post: “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.”
Jennifer Topaz Irvine, a San Diego-based family law attorney, was identified as one of the victims by her coworker and friend, Thomas Slattery. Slattery shared an image of Irvine on Facebook with a caption that read: “A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady. She will be greatly missed.” According to Law Newz, Irvine provided legal analysis for the Adrian Loya murder trial.
IT company Technologent shared in a blog post on Monday that one of their employees was among the victims of the attack: “The Technologent family lost one of our own in this tragedy. A great mother, colleague and friend, Neysa Tonks.”
The statement added: “She leaves behind three boys — Kaden, Braxton and Greysen. Neysa has brought so much joy, fun and laughter to Technologent — she will be greatly missed by all!”
Cameron Robinson, 28, was an employee with the City of Las Vegas. His death was confirmed by his sister, Meghan Ervin, as well as the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She said Robinson attended the festival with his boyfriend and that her brother was shot in the neck. His boyfriend took shrapnel to his back but is expected to survive.
Carrie Barnette worked at Disneyland for the last 10 years and had saved for months to make the trip to Las Vegas for the country music festival, according to her sister, Amy Castillo.
“She’s my best friend and I don’t know how I can live without her,” she said. She was an aunt to two nieces and three nephews.”
Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, mourned Castillo on social media.
A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) October 3, 2017
Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury, Mass., was identified by her grandmother. Her mother, Priscilla Champaign, said she was devastated after learning of LeRocque’s death. “I was devastated [Monday] morning at 7 o’clock to find out she’s been shot, murdered, in a senseless, horrific act,” Champaign told NBC Boston. “We’ve lost a gem.”
John Phippen was dancing next to his son Travis when he was struck by a bullet in his lower back. Phippen was the owner of JP Specialties, a home remodeling company in Santa Clarita, Calif. according to The Signal SCV.
We’ll update this post as we learn more.