Late Sunday night, at least 59 people were killed and 527 more were injured on the Las Vegas strip in what is now the deadliest shooting in modern American history. Here are the victims who have been identified so far:
We are sadden to report that one of the deceased from Sunday night's shooting, was an off-duty #LVMPD police officer. #LVMPDnewsOctober 2, 2017
Melton's wife Heather told FOX 17 he shielded her from the bullets: "At this point, I'm in complete disbelief and despair. 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." The pair had been married about a year.
McIldoon's parents confirmed his death to the CBC saying "We only had one child. We just don't know what to do." McIldoon, 23, was at the country music festival with his girlfriend.
News 1130 confirmed Klymchuk's death, reporting the single mother of four was visiting Las Vegas with her fiancé at the time of the shooting.
Casey, a 35-year-old special education teacher from Vermont, was at the concert with her fiancé and a friend, The Tennessean reports. Both her family and school district confirmed her death on Monday morning: her family asked for privacy and the Manhattan Beach Unified School District mourned the loss of "a spectacular teacher."
Murfitt was a 35-year-old fisherman who traveled from his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, specifically for the concert. "He was so excited to go to that festival, he bought our buddy Brian's tickets," his friend Bradley Knowles told Newsweek. Brian McKinnon added: "[Murfitt was] a giant big-hearted teddy bear. He simply was the best friend anyone could ask for."
The 33-year-old Manhattan Beach Police Department records technician had been employed by the MBPD for ten years, according to a statement released by the department. Four off-duty MBPD employees were present at the show; another was shot and suffered some injuries.
Known as "Angie" to many, the 20-year-old Riverside Polytechnic High School graduate was a former cheerleader, choir member, and member of the Riverside Children’s Theater, described by former teachers as "fun-loving young lady with a great sense of humor." After graduating in 2015, she attended Riverside Community College and was studying to be a nurse.
In a statement to BuzzFeed, 20-year-old Veronika Maldonado, who'd called Gomez her "twin" in a Twitter tribute, shared, "Angie and I have cheered together for years and we've always been in the same stunt group along with our two other best friends. She was my other base. My literal right hand. To me, her loss will be an absence to our group for all the years to come."
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/Nol0G2QGLAOctober 2, 2017
Smith was a 53-year-old office manager for Vista Elementary School in the Simi Valley Unified School District, whose love of country music brought her and a few friends to Las Vegas, according to Jake Finch, the SVUSD media relations coordinator, who also shared, "Everybody knew her. She touched a lot of lives."
The mother of two was honored by Vista in a post sharing, "Our hearts are full of sorrow for the passing of Susan Smith. She was a wonderful woman, an advocate for our children, and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Parks had recently completed a masters in education, and was teaching school in Lancaster, California. Both she and husband Bobby, who survived the attack with a shot in the arm, attended the concert. They were also in town to visit two of Jenny's brothers, who live in Las Vegas.
According to Bobby's uncle Steven McCarthy, the two were high school sweethearts. "They were the perfect family," he shared, "[She was] absolutely beautiful and very intelligent, had a wonderful sense of humor and was so kind." He also added that she was in the middle of planning a surprise party for Bobby's 40th birthday next week.
Bobby went into surgery for his injuries on Monday. Jenny is also survived by two children, Bryce and Lea.
In a statement on Facebook, Robbins's aunt Kilee Wells Sanders shared that her nephew was an "amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many." The 20-year-old University of Nevada, Las Vegas student was remembered by longtime family friend Tyce Jones as 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."
The Tewksbury, Massachusetts mother, who worked for a Cambridge design firm, was in town for the concert with both her husband Jason and their daughter. In a statement to the Boston Globe, her grandmother Carol Marquis described her as "a dear, close, good person—one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life."
Both Jason and Rhonda were active in their church, and had volunteered to rebuild homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. Marquis also shared, "She’s always saying, 'I love you, Gram.' That was her famous last words: I love you, Gram. And I told her, 'Have a good time.'"
Both Denise and her husband of 32 years, Tony attended the concert, according to a Twitter post shared earlier Sunday night. The West Virginia resident reportedly died in her husband's arms. According to a family member, the two were high school sweethearts.
Also according to MetroNews, Tony posted to 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. Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE."
The 20-year-old is the daughter of Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer, who confirmed her death to KBFX Eyewitness News. The receptionist for Infinity Communications and Consulting in Bakersfield reportedly attended the concert with both her mother and her best friend; it's unclear what their conditions are.
Chief Executive Fred Brakeman shared, "Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day. 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."
The 45-year-old Utah native, who worked at Technologent in Irvine, California, is survived by three boys. In a statement to 2News, her brother AJ Yerage shared, "How happy and lucky I feel that she was part of my life. I can hear her laugh, her voice in my head and my heart right now...[She was] always laughing, always joking, always sarcastic."
The 28-year-old U.S. Afghanistan veteran from Corona, California was celebrating his birthday with his mother this weekend. In a statement to ABC, his mother Debbie Allen shared, "I knew. I knew, because I spoke to the person [a fireman] who was with him when he got shot. He said he got shot in the chest...He saw Christopher take his last breath."
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The San Diego-based family law and criminal defense attorney was remembered by colleague Thomas Slattery as, "A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady. She will be greatly missed."
The 56-year-old Phippen and his son Travis both reportedly attended the concert, according to the Signal. According to Jim Martin, whose daughter Megan attended Valencia High School with Travis, "[Travis] called [Megan] from the hospital. He sent her a picture of his gunshot wound, a single gunshot. That was when he thought everything would be ok with his dad."
The Santa Clarita native ran a home remodeling and repair company named JP Specialities. Travis, an EMT who reportedly carried his father to a car, is still in the hospital, later shared, "He was my best friend. He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew. We are all kind of in disbelief that it would happen to someone so gentle."
Thomas Day Jr.
The 54-year-old Riverside homebuilder reportedly attended the show with his four adult children. His father Thomas Day Sr. shared to the Los Angeles Times, "He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him."
The 35-year-old mother of three from Murrietta, California had come to Las Vegas with her husband Brian and three other couples. Her father-in-law Dave Ahlers describes her as a "loving, caring, and devoted mother."
The 52-year-old San Bernardino deputy recorder-county clerk had traveled to Las Vegas with her daughter, who reportedly rode in the ambulance with her mother. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, her boss Bob Dutton shared that "she was one of my go-to people. If you needed advice or questions came up, she had the answer. She was my go-to person."
According to the Los Angeles Times, Barnette was celebrating a friend's 30th birthday in Las Vegas. Her mother Mavis shared, "Beautiful child; she was my firstborn. She was always generous and helping everybody in every way. She loved her nieces and nephews and her sister and brother."
Barnette's friend Nicole Johnson also shared, "She was the kind of friend that everybody would want in their life. She was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life."
Barnett was also a Disney cast member who worked at the Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure, and was memorialized by Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement shared by Deadline: "Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the tragic events in Las Vegas – the victims of violence, the witnesses, and the friends and families mourning loved ones. We are especially heartbroken over the loss of one of our own to this unconscionable and senseless act.
Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for ten years and was beloved by her friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time."
Another Disney cast member, Jessica Milam, was reportedly seriously injured in the attack.
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