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Here’s what we know about the victims of the Las Vegas shooting

People
wait in a medical staging area after a mass shooting during a
music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2,
2017.

REUTERS/Las
Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

At least
59 people have died in a mass shooting in Las Vegas at a
country music festival Sunday night, and details are slowly
emerging about the victims.

One was an off-duty police officer from
Bakersfield, according to the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). His name has not yet
been released while police notify his family.

Two other off-duty officers were among the more than 527
transported to hospitals,
police said. One is in stable condition after surgery, and
the other’s injuries weren’t life-threatening.

The
Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that friends identified
LVMPD officer, military veteran, and youth football coach
Charleston Hartfield, 34, as one of the dead.
“They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. There’s no
truer statement than that with Charles,” friend Troy Rhett told
the paper.

The family of registered nurse Sonny Melton from
Paris, Tennessee
told WZTV that he was one of the people who died.

“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 said
in a statement to
Fox 17 News in Nashville.

Quinton Robbins, 24, from Henderson, Nevada was
one of the murdered, his aunt Kilee Wells Sanders said on
Facebook. “Please pray for his parents and siblings at this
time,” she wrote. “Please also respect their privacy as this is a
devastating loss that is incredibly painful for the families.”

Alaskan native Adrian Murfitt, 35, a commercial
fisherman, died in his friend Brian MacKinnon’s arms. “He was
like an Alaskan cowboy, but when he saw a dog he’d turn into a
10-year-old kid,” MacKinnon
told the LA Times.

Fifty-six-year-old John Phippen of Santa
Clarita, who owned a home remodeling company, was dancing with
his son, Travis, when a bullet hit him in the back, according to
the
LA Times. Travis, who didn’t realize he’d been shot in the
arm, carried his father to the hospital, where he died.

“He was my best friend,” Travis told the Times. “He never did
anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was
the biggest teddy bear I knew.”

West Virginian Denise Burditus died in her
husband’s arms. Just hours before the shooting, she posted a
photo of the couple smiling at the festival on Facebook.

Two Canadians, Jordan McIldoon from Maple Ridge,
British Colombia, and Jessica Klymchuk of
Valleyview, Alberta, were killed,
CBC reported. She was a mother a four who worked at a
Catholic school. McIldoon was a 23-year-old mechanic’s
apprentice. He died in a woman’s arms.

“We only had one child,” McIldoon’s parents told CBC. “We just
don’t know what to do.”

Rachel Parker, a civilian employee with the
Manhattan Beach Police Department in California for 10 years, was
also killed,
CBS News Los Angeles reported. The MBPD said in a statement that she
died at the hospital.

Sandy Casey, who taught special education at
Manhattan Beach Middle School, was also shot.

“She is loved by students and colleagues alike and will be
remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her
devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her
own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her
way,” the Manhattan Beach Unified School District said in a
statement to the
Los Angeles Times.

Lisa Romero, a high school teacher from Gallup,
New Mexico, also died. A friend
told KRQE News that she was a “sweet and beautiful woman.”

Susan Smith, 53, was another school employee who
died. She was an office manager at an elementary school in Simi
Valley, California for 16 years and was married three children.

“She was the hub of the school. She was the center of it.
Everyone who came through those doors she knew. She knew the
children, she knew the staff, she knew the parents,” school
spokesperson Jake Finch
told the LA Times.

Neysa Tonks, a technology worker from Irvine,
also died,
the Times reported. She had three sons.

Thomas Day Jr., 54, of Riverside, California,
was a home builder and attended the concert with four of his
children.

“He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him,”Thomas
Day Sr., his father, said in The Times.

Angela Gomez, 20, of Riverside, Cailfornia,
graduated high school in 2015 and attended Riverside Community
College.

“Angie was a fun-loving, sweet young lady with a great sense of
humor,” Lupe Avila, Gomez’s former cheer coach, said in an email
in The Times. “Angie was a loyal friend who loved her family and
will be forever missed by all those who knew her.”

Quinton Robbins, a Henderson recreation
employee, was seen as a “good example” of “how to love life and
live it to the fullest every day.” His Facebook account was
converted to a memorialized account on Monday.

“My sweetest nephew has passed away,” Kilee Sanders, Robbins’
aunt, wrote 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.”

Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was a receptionist for a
software company in Bakersfield, California.

“Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy
day,” Fred Brakeman, the chief executive of the company, said in
The Times. “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.”

Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury,
Massachusetts, worked at a design firm in Cambridge and was a
member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After Hurricane Katrina
wrought devastation in Louisiana, LeRocque and her husband helped
rebuild homes in the state.

“It makes no sense. Why would he do this?” Jennifer Zeleneski,
LeRocque’s sister, said in the Boston Herald. “My
sister didn’t do anything. She never hurt people. She was the
[kindest] person that I know.”

Lisa Romero was a secretary for Gallup-McKinley
County Schools in New Mexico, where she was known for being an
“incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for
students in many of our school.”

“Ms. Lisa Romero, you have touched so many lives,” Ryan Gomito, a
history teacher from nearby Miyamura High School, said in
Facebook interview, according to The Times. “Rest easy, Ma’am.”

Christopher Roybal, 28, of Corona, California,
was a US Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan.

“Today is the saddest day of my life,” Debby Allen, his mother,
wrote on Facebook. “My son Christopher Roybal was murdered last
night in Las Vegas. My heart is broken in a billion pieces. For
anyone who knew the relationship we shared, you then know we were
best friends. I will forever miss my Munchkin.”

Jennifer Topaz Irvine, a family law attorney
based in San Diego, was known by her coworkers as a “great
attorney” and “happy and energetic,” according to CBS News.

“A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady,”&
Thomas Slattery, a coworker, wrote on Facebook.
“She will be greatly missed.”

Thomas
Slattery/Facebook

Carrie Barnette, 34, of Riverside, California
worked in food services for Disneyland.

Barnette was at a friend’s birthday party when she was shot,
according to a friend who contacted Mavis Barnette, her mother.
Although Mavis has been unable to reach medical officials
confirming her daughter’s death, based on what her friend told
her, she is reportedly convinced that Barnette had died.

“Beautiful child; she was my firstborn,” Mavis said in The Times.
“She was always generous and helping everybody in every way. She
loved her nieces and nephews and her sister and brother.”

Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger released a
statement: “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.”

Dana Gardner, 52, of Grand Terrace,
California, was a deputy recorder-county clerk for
San Bernardino Country. Gardner was with her daughter when
she was hit by the gunfire and when she was in an ambulance, on
her way to the trauma center, The Times reported.

Hannah Ahlers, 34, of Murrietta, California was
a mother of three who was described as a “loving, caring and
devoted mother,” according to Las Vegas
Review-Journal.

She was attending the concert with her husband and three
other couples.

“She could have lit the world up with her smile,” Dave Ahlers,
her father-in-law, said in the Review-Journal.

It will likely take days to identify all of the victims.

“The identification process of all of the injured and the
deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for
patience,” LVMPD said in a
press release Monday morning.

The gunman,
identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from
the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with an
automatic rifle, police said. Police said they found him dead
with at least 19 rifles in his hotel room.

Many of the Route 91 Harvest festival’s approximately 22,000
attendees were young people, including families with kids.
Country star
Jason Aldean was onstage performing his headliner set to
close the three-day festival when Paddock opened fire.

Police said
family members could call 1-866-535-5654 if they are still
looking for missing loved ones.

The city of Las Vegas also set up a family reunification center
and urged people to donate
blood to help the victims.

While police secured the area, busloads of people were
transported to the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas, campus, where the
Las Vegas Review Journal reported they were patted down
before entering.

Officials expect the death toll to rise.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference
that police were still finding people who had taken cover during
the shooting as the sun rose on Monday.

“It’s going to take time for us to get through the evacuation
phase,” he said.

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak set up a GoFundMe
account to raise money to help victims and their families.

This story is developing.
Refresh for updates.

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