On Sunday night, at least 59 people were killed and 527 injured on the Las Vegas Strip when a gunman shot at concert-goers from a 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The crowd had gathered to watch country musician Jason Aldean perform, part of a three-day festival. It is the deadliest shooting in American history. A GoFundMe has been started by police in Las Vegas to help the families of those killed and wounded.
Here’s what we know about the confirmed victims, so far.
Adrian Murfitt 35, a fisherman from Anchorage, Alaska, was reportedly by the stage when he was shot in the neck.
“Apparently, a fireman and a doctor both came over and did CPR on him, but he didn’t make it,” his mother told the Alaska Dispatch News.
Jordan McIldoon, 23, a mechanic from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, died in his female friend’s arms. His parents told CBC News that he was gearing up to start trade school. “We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”
Quinton Robbins, 20, was a University of Nevada-Las Vegas student from Henderson, Nevada. He worked as a recreational assistant for his hometown’s city government, according to Newsweek.
“Quinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy," Tyce Jones’ longtime friend said. "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.”
Robbins' aunt posted on Facebook, “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. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.”
Jack Beaton of California was fatally shot protecting his wife. According to Newsweek, he leaves behind two children. He and his wife celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on October 1.
His son posted on Facebook, saying, “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”
Sonny Melton, 29, was a registered nurse from Big Sandy, Tennessee. His wife confirmed his death in a statement to radio station WCYB. Her statement said, “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.”
His wife, Heather Gulish Melton, was also with him at the concert. “He saved my life,” she told USA Today. “He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back.
Jessica Klymchuk 28, of Edmonton, Canada, was a librarian, bus driver and a single mother of four. Her grandmother confirmed her death to the Globe and Mail. The National Post reported Klymchuk was on a trip to Las Vegas with her fiancé.
Veteran off-duty Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, 34, perished in the shooting, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was a father of two.
“I figured he was probably busy helping others,” a friend of his told the publication paper. “I don’t know a better man than Charles. They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. There’s no truer statement than that with Charles. … Our hearts have just been very heavy since hearing the news.”
A family member of Hartfield’s told the New York Daily News that he gave his life for the country.
Susan Smith 53, was an officer manager for the Simi Valley, Nevada school district since 2001, according to the Ventura County Star. A Simi Valley Unified School District spokeswoman confirmed her death.
“She was wonderful. She had a great sense of humor. She’s patient and kind,” she said. “She’s the hub … really the heart of the school.”
Lisa Romero-Muniz was a school secretary from Gallup, New Mexico, according to KDAT. She worked for the district since 2003.
Her cousin told The Washington Post. ““She was a very down-to-earth person; she was a very sweet person,” he said. “As far as I know, she never had an enemy in the world.”
Rachael Parker, 33, was a records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, where she worked for a decade. She was in Las Vegas celebrating a birthday with a friend, according to the Long Beach Post.
Sandy Casey, 35 was a special-education teacher from Redondo Beach, California. She was visiting Las Vegas with a group of teachers, principals and staff, according to the Daily Breeze.
“However, we have received information that one of our MBMS Special Education teachers, Sandy Casey [formerly Sandy McDermott], was fatally wounded. This is unbelievably sad and tragic,” Superintendent Mike Matthews wrote in a statement Monday morning.
Casey’s fiancé wrote on Facebook, “She lived life to the fullest and made me the happiest man in the world. Im so grateful for the kind words and gestures, it means the world to me, especially for her.”
Angela Gomez of California graduated from high school less than two years ago.
“We received word this morning that 2015 alumnus Angie Gomez, was involved in the Vegas shooting last night,” the Riverside Polytechnic High PTSA announced on Facebook Monday. “While details are still emerging, we did receive confirmation that Angie succumbed to her injuries.”
Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, West Virginia reportedly died in her husband’s arms, WJLA reported.
“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 wrote in a Facebook post, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Denise passed in my arms.”
Phippen was father of six from Valencia, California. He was reportedly dancing with his son when he was fatally shot, according to PEOPLE. His son Travis was also shot but is expected to survive. Travis, an EMT, reportedly tried to revive his dad.
“John was a great example of what a good man and a good person is,” a friend told PEOPLE. “He was the last person who should have left this Earth. He was the kind of guy who always had your back and always made sure you had a beer in your hand.”
Jennifer Irvine was a San Diego-based attorney according to The San Francisco Union-Tribune.
“She was holding hands with her girlfriends singing and dancing to country music when she was shot in the head,” friend and news reporter Kyle Kraska wrote on Facebook.
“Jenny was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher and so much more,” a GoFundMe page for her reads. “She touched many lives. Her life was cut far too short on the last night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival.”
Rhonda LeRocque was attending the concert with her husband, father-in-law and young daughter, Boston 25 reported. She worked for a design company in Cambridge, Massachusetts and loved cooking.
Bailey Schweitzer, 20 was from Bakersville, California. Her dad confirmed her death to KBAK.
“Bailey was a wonderful, kind person who was liked by all – students and staff. The Golden Hawk community is grieving,” CHS Cheerleading Advisor Stacy Minnie told KERO.
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