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Vegas Shooting: The Victims

The massacre in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Here's what we know about the victims.
Sandy Casey

Sandy Casey

Casey, from Manhattan Beach, California, was a special education teacher who'd worked for the city's unified school district for nine years, NBC Los Angeles reported. Her boyfriend tried carrying her to safety — dodging gunfire along the way — but eventually she stopped breathing, The Washington Post reported.

"We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy student," district Superintendent Mike Matthews said, according NBC Los Angeles.

 

Adrian Murfitt

Adrian Murfitt

Murfitt, 35, a commercial fisherman, had traveled to Nevada from his home in Anchorage, Alaska, after a successful season on the water, The Associated Press reported.

His sister, Shannon Gothard, told the AP that Murfitt "decided to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun."

Gothard told the AP that her family spoke with a friend who was with her brother when he died.

 

John Phippen

John Phippen

Phippen, 56, was a New York native who moved to Santa Clarita, California, where he ran a home remodeling company called JP Specialties.

He attended the concert with his son, Travis, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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

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Stacee Etcheber

Etcheber, had attended the country western concert Sunday with her husband, Vincent, a San Francisco police officer, NBC Bay Area reported. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Etcheber “was taken in a senseless act of violence” while her husband “heroically rushed to aid shooting victims.”

"It's with a heavy heart and deep sorrow, Stacee Etcheber has passed away," Al Etcheber, Stacee Etcheber's brother-in-law, wrote on Facebook.

 

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Andrea Castilla

Castilla, 28, a makeup artist from Huntington Beach, California, was celebrating her 28th birthday in Las Vegas — where her boyfriend was planning to propose marriage.

Castilla was holding hands with her sister when she was shot in the head, according to a GoFundMe page created by her aunt, Marina Parker. Adam Castilla, her brother, confirmed her death to The Washington Post.

"My sister was really happy. She was living her life and had so many dreams and aspirations," Adam Castilla told The Post. 

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Hannah Ahlers

Ahlers, 34, got married at 17 and was the mother of three children, according to The Washington Post. She lived in Beaumont, California, and was a fan of four-wheeling and watching her daughter play volleyball, The Post reported.

Her brother, Lance Miller, confirmed her death to The Post. Ahlers was struck in the head with a bullet at the music festival, Miller said.

 

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Christopher Roybal

Christopher Roybal was a 29-year-old veteran who served in Afghanistan. He went to the concert with his mother, Debbie Allen, but they got there at different times.

When the gunfire began, they were on opposite sides of the stage, Allen said.

"I was trying to run towards wherever I thought he might be," she said. "This man wouldn't let me — he kept pulling me away saying, 'You can't run towards the gunfire.'"

 

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Sonny Melton

Sonny, 29, and his wife, Heather, were celebrating their wedding anniversary at the music festival when gunfire rang out.

Heather Melton told the TODAY show that Sonny, an emergency room nurse, put his arm around her back as they started running. A moment later, she said she felt a bullet hit her husband's back.

“He could walk in a room and smile that infectious smile, and people just really felt that he cared for them,” Melton said.

 

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Jack Beaton

Beaton, a father of two children, was killed while shielding his wife from the gunfire, his son Jake Beaton wrote on social media. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., confirmed his death on Tuesday.

Beaton and his wife were in Las Vegas celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary.

"He put Laurie on the ground and covered her with his body and he got shot I don't know how many times," Beaton's father-in-law Jerry Cook told The Telegraph.

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Jennifer Irvine

Irvine, a 42-year-old lawyer, was with a group of friends when she was shot in the head, her friend, Kyle Kraska, told The Washington Post.

Kraska described Irvine as a “ball of energy” who often organized weekend trips and social get-togethers.

The sports director for CBS News 8 told the Post that he hoped his friend died instantaneously from the bullet wound.

“Her life ended singing and dancing and smiling,” he said.

 

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Michelle Vo

Vo, a 32-year-old former administrative assistant from San Jose, California, was described as “a sweet soul” with a bright smile, according to NBC Bay Area.

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Steven Berger

A financial adviser and basketball player from Shorewood, Minnesota, Berger attended the concert with his roommate and other friends.

His mother, Mary, told the AP that his roommate saw Berger, a father of three, get shot and fall to the ground but could not get to him as the crowds were being herded out of the venue.

The family was notified of his death by the Las Vegas coroner’s office on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Lisa Patterson

Patterson attended the festival with three friends, her husband, Bob, told KNBC. The mother-of-three was the only one not to walk out alive.

Her husband said he texted his wife on Sunday evening but she didn’t respond. He waited all night before driving to Las Vegas at 6 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) the next day but only found out she was dead by the end of the day Monday.

Patterson leaves behind two daughters and a son.

 

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Jenny Parks

Parks, a California kindergarten teacher and mother-of-two, was killed Sunday, according to the New York Times.

The victim, from Lancaster, California, leaves behind her husband Bobby, who was also injured in Sunday’s mass shooting, friend Jessica Maddin told the Associated Press.

Parks and her husband Bobby were high school sweethearts and she had become a teacher for the Lancaster School District in California, the news agency reported.

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Thomas Day Jr.

Day, 54, was a country music fan, the father of four adult children and grandfather of two. He moved to Las Vegas three years ago after having raised a family in Corona, California.

Day was described as a "great family man" and a "fun-loving boy" by his father, Thomas Day Sr.

The elder Day said he learned of his son's death when he got a frantic phone call from his grandchildren.

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Heather Alavardo

Alavardo, the wife of Cedar City, Utah firefighter Albert Alvarado, was among the dead, the fire department confirmed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Alvarado/Warino family,” the Deparmtnet said. An account has been opened at the State Bank of Southern Utah in Heather Alvarado’s name for all those who wish to contribute, the department added.

 

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Rhonda LeRocque

LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was also among the dead, NBC Boston reported.

"We've lost a gem," her mother, Priscilla Champagne, told the station Monday.

"She didn't deserve this. Her family doesn't deserve this," said Jennifer Zeleneski, LeRocque's half-sister. "She was an amazing person, a great mom, great wife. She always had something nice to say when you needed it.

 

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Derrick "Bo" Taylor

Taylor, a lieutenant at a California correctional facility, was killed in Sunday’s shooting, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed.

The 56-year-old, who was camp commander at the Ventura Conservation Camp, had worked for the department for more than 25 years, the statement added.

“There are no words to express the feeling of loss and sadness regarding Bo’s passing,” Warden Joel Martinez wrote.

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Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner, 52, worked for San Bernardino County as a deputy recorder for more than 25 years, a county official confirmed.

Gardner was killed in Sunday’s attack, KNBC reported.

 

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Candice Bowers

Bowers was killed Sunday doing what she loved —dancing to country music, her family said in a statement on crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

The mother-of-three will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, her family added in a statement.

 

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Charleston Hartfield

Hartfield, 34, was a sergeant first class with the Nevada Army National Guard and a soldier in the 100th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Las Vegas.

"Sgt. 1st Class Hartfield epitomizes everything good about America," said Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, commander of the Nevada Army National Guard. The Las Vegas Review–Journal reported that Hartfield was a Las Vegas police officer who was off duty at the time of the shooting.

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Chris Hazencomb

Hazencomb, 44, of Camarillo, California, was a sports junkie who graduated from Thousand Oaks High School, according to the Ventura County Star.

His mother and aunt confirmed his death to NBC News.

 

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Angie Gomez

Gomez, 20, had just gotten a job as a certified nursing assistant and was attending the festival to celebrate, The Washington Post reported.

Citing a family friend, the paper reported that she was shot three times — once in the shoulder and twice in the arm. She died before her longtime boyfriend could get her to a hospital.

School officials in Riverside, California, described her on Monday as a determined but convivial student who loved theater and choir.

 

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Jessica Klymchuk

Klymchuk, of Alberta, was the mother of four children and worked as a librarian, a bus driver and an educational assistant at a Roman Catholic elementary school, St. Stephen's.

Klymchuk was in Las Vegas with her fiancé at the time of the shooting, according to The Globe and Mail. Her children remained at home.

"She was a very good mother," Margaret Klymchuk, her grandmother, told The Globe and Mail.

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Jordan McIldoon

McIldoon, 23, of British Columbia, was attending the festival with his girlfriend. He was a mechanic apprentice about to start trade school, and he was the only child of Al and Angela McIldoon, according to CBC News.

"We only had one child," they told the site. "We just don't know what to do."

McIldoon died in the arms of Las Vegas bartender Heather Gooze, according to CBC News. She told the site that she stayed with him for more than five hours and spoke with his mother and girlfriend. 

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Kelsey Meadows

Meadows was a Fresno State alumna who became “a gifted teacher who demonstrated a skill and passion for her chosen profession,” history professor Dr. Lori Clune said in a statement.

The school confirmed Meadows was among the dead in a statement released on Tuesday. Meadows who was a substitute teacher for Taft High School, according to the press release.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced that Meadows will be honored with a flag tribute the day of her services, the statement said.

 

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Rachael Parker

Parker was a records technician with a decade-long career at the Manhattan Beach Police Department in Los Angeles. She'd gone to Las Vegas with a colleague, a department spokeswoman said.

The colleague — an officer with the department who wasn't identified — was shot but survived, said the spokeswoman, Kristie Colombo.

Parker, 33, "will be greatly missed," Colombo said.

 

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Tara Roe

Roe, 34, was a mother of two young children, according to CBC News.

Her aunt, Val Rodgers, called her niece a “beautiful soul” and a “wonderful mother.” Roe worked as an educational assistant at Foothills School Division in Alberta, Canada. She was a former model at Sophia Models International, according to CBC News.

"We are saddened, shocked and pray for everyone affected by this tragedy," the agency said in a statement posted to Facebook. "She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit."

 

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Bailey Schweitzer

Schweitzer, 20, of Bakersfield, California, was a former high school cheerleader and worked as a receptionist at Infinity Communications, according to The Bakersfield Californian.

Colleagues said Schweitzer was enjoying Las Vegas so much that she planned to return for her 21st birthday in April.

Schweitzer's brother and father confirmed her death to the newspaper.

Co-workers left a single candle at the avid country music fan's desk after learning of her death, the paper reported.

 

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Jordyn Rivera

Rivera, 21, was a fourth-year student at California State University, San Bernardio, and a member the national health education honor society’s Eta Sigma Gamma, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Her death was confirmed by her parents’ close family friend.

CSUSB shared a link on Facebook to a GoFundMe page set up for Rivera’s funeral costs. School President Tomás D. Morales said in a statement, “This is a devastating loss for the entire CSUSB family. In this time of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with Jordyn’s family, friends and all who knew her.”

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Quinton Robbins

Robbins, 20, took his girlfriend on a date to the music festival, and when he began clutching his chest, she thought that Robbins — a diabetic — had low blood sugar levels, The Washington Post reported.

She didn't realize he'd been struck in the chest by a bullet, Gaynor Wells, Robbins' grandmother, told the paper.

 

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Carrie Barnette

Barnette, 30, was a longtime Disneyland worker who'd gone to Las Vegas to celebrate a friend's birthday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger confirmed her death Monday night in a post on Twitter.

"A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many," he wrote. "We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic."

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Denise Cohen

Cohen, 57, lived in Oxnard, California, with her boyfriend Derrick “Bo” Taylor, who was also killed in the shooting.

Cohen’s son told NBC Bay Area that his mother radiated a light that touched everyone she knew.

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Nicol Kimura

Kimura, of Placentia, California, was attending the festival with a close-knit group of friends, who called themselves a "framily."

Ryan Miller, who was with Kimura and started a GoFundMe page for her family, confirmed her death to NBC News.

"Nicol's heart was bigger than most human beings, her spirit was beautiful, her laugh was infectious, and she just had a way of making every time we gathered an awesome one," Miller wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Miller wrote on Facebook that his children loved Kimura because she was the "fun crazy aunt everyone wants."

 

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Victor Link

Link, a loan processor from San Clemente, California, was confirmed among the dead by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and a nephew, Vincent Link.

Victor Link was a music lover and the father of a 23-year-old son, his nephew told The Bakersfield California. He attended the music festival with his fiancée, Lynn Gonzales.

"It doesn't feel real," Vincent Link said. "It's hard to grasp that he's gone."

 

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Lisa Romera Muniz

Mike Hyatt, superintendent of the Gallup-McKinley County, New Mexico, schools, confirmed at a news conference Monday that Romero Muniz died Sunday night.

Romero Muniz had worked in the district since 2003 and was most recently a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup.

Hyatt called her "an incredible, loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students."

"She was outgoing, kind and considerate," he said. "We will miss all these attributes that she brought and shared."

 

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Susan Smith

Smith, 53, was an elementary school office manager and district fixture in Simi Valley, California — someone who never missed a dance recital and always had a smile on her face.

"It's numbing," a family friend, Suzanne Smith, told NBC Los Angeles. "It doesn't seem real."

Smith's death was confirmed by Simi Valley School District spokeswoman Jake Finch, who told The Washington Post she'd been at the festival with friends when she was killed.

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Brennan Stewart

Stewart, 30, of Las Vegas was an avid country music fan, his sister-in-law Kelly Stewart told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Kelly Stewart said Brennan Stewart wrote and played country music, and shielded his girlfriend when the shooting began at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself; including up to the moment he lost his life,” his family said in a statement to the Review-Journal.

 

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Neysa Tonks

Tonks worked for a Southern California-based technology company and had three children. Her employer, Technologent, confirmed Monday that she died.

On a fundraising page, friends recalled her jovial side, posting photos of her wrapped in toilet paper or flashing a goofy grin for the camera.

"Neysa was always down to be silly," one friend wrote. "More memories than I can count are of her laughing and she had the BEST laugh!! She will be GREATLY and DEEPLY missed!!!"

 

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Bill Wolfe Jr.

The Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Police Department confirmed the wrestling coach's death in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

"It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Robyn, share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas," the statement read.

Wolfe and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary, according to PennLive.com, the website of the Patriot-News newspaper of Harrisburg.

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Calla Medig

Medig, 28, was at the concert with her roommate when she was killed. Her death was confirmed by the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 in Jasper, Alberta.

Medig's mother, Louise Hayes, told Global News that she and her husband left for Las Vegas on Monday night to identify her daughter's body.

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Laura Shipp

Shipp, 50, of Las Vegas was at the concert with her son, Corey Shipp, 23, her boyfriend and some friends, said Steve Shipp, her brother, who confirmed her death to The Washington Post and the Ventura County Star. Shipp's son, who is a U.S. Marine, and her boyfriend survived the shooting, he said.

Shipp moved to Las Vegas five years ago from Thousand Oaks, California, and she remained a rabid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, her brother said. He told The Star that he remembered his sister as a happy woman with "lots and lots of friends." But it was her son to whom she was completely devoted, he said.

 

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Keri Galvan

Galvan, 31, died in her husband's arms after having been shot in the head, according to NBC Los Angeles.

"I didn't notice right away," said her husband, Justin Galvan, a former Marine. "I started CPR right away, and I did everything I could."

Galvan, the mother of three young children, was "an amazing supermom — that's what you could best describe her as," her sister Lindsey Poole said.

 

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Kurt Von Tillow

Von Tillow, 55, was from Cameron Park, California, a small town in the Sierra Foothills outside Sacramento. Von Tillow was shot dead Sunday night; two relatives were wounded but were expected to survive, NBC affiliate KCRA of Sacramento reported.

Von Tillow was memorialized at a local country club on Monday, and relatives and friends led a procession of golf carts to his home. There, a U.S. flag was attached to a fence and bouquets of flowers were strewn across the grass.

 

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Brian Fraser

Nick Arellano left his family at the festival Sunday morning to return to school. His mother, father and new wife were still at the festival when the first shots were fired, the 25-year-old air force engineer told NBC Los Angeles.

Later that evening, he got a call that his father, Brian Fraser, 49, had died in the gunfire.

Arellano said his father was too good for this world and that he had even ordained himself in order to perform Arellano’s wedding in July.

 

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Rocio Guillen

Guillen, 40, had recently given birth to her fourth child and was engaged to be married when she died, NBC Los Angeles reported. Her son, Marcus Guillen, said that he immediately texted his mother’s fiancé, Jaksha, who replied to say his mother had been shot in the leg.

It wasn’t until the next morning that Marcus found out his mother had died. He said that he felt angry that his mother, who had overcome paralysis while pregnant with his younger brother, could not have survived the shooting.

“She was a fighter, a great mother,” he told the outlet.

 

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Cameron Robinson

Robinson, a legal records specialist for the city of Las Vegas, was shot in the neck according to his sister and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

His partner, Bobby Eardley, told Anderson Cooper in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that Eardley, “just had such a drive and determination to always better his life, and he did such an amazing job of that… And it was never enough. He wanted more. And he deserved more. He had so many goals and dreams.”    

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Austin Davis

29-year-old pipefitter Austin Davis traveled to Las Vegas on a “guy’s trip” with a few friends, according to his hometown paper, Riverside’s Press-Enterprise. He was shot and killed on Sunday night along with another member of his group, Thomas Day.

Courtney Belger, one of Davis’ best friends, described Davis as, “that person you can always ask and know he’s going to come through for you,” according to the paper.

A GoFundMe page established for his grieving family had raised $16,000 out of its goal of 20,000 on Thursday afternoon. 

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Erick Silva

21-year-old Las Vegas resident Erick Silva was working security at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday and died assisting panicked concertgoers during the chaos, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. KTNV Las Vegas called him a "hero that touched countless lives."

Originally from Los Angeles, Silva was a graduate of Las Vegas High School. “I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it right now,” his mother said through tears at a memorial service in his honor. 

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Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez was a lover of country music who came from a large and close-knit extended family, her cousin told The New York Times on Tuesday. 

Flags were lowered on Monday and will remain at half-mast all week at Ramirez’s alma mater, California State University Bakersfield. On Tuesday, CSUB President Horace Mitchell issued a statement, calling the campus community heartbroken. “We send our deepest sympathies to Melissa Ramirez’s family and friends,” he said. 

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Denise Burditus

Denise Burditus was a doting grandmother who had recently quit her job in banking to go back to school. She died in her husband’s arms on Sunday night as they fled from a deluge of bullets the couple initially mistook for fireworks.

Tony Burditus, her husband, told Anderson Cooper he knew she was ‘the one’ in high school.

Standing at the edge of the crime scene, he said he hadn’t had an opportunity to say goodbye: “I immediately knew her wound was fatal. She was unconscious from the time she was struck.”  

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Christiana Duarte

A recent University of Arizona graduate, Duarte was part of the Sigma Kappa sorority, Robert C. Robbins, the president of the university said in a statement.

“I know I speak for the UA community in expressing our deepest condolences for Christiana’s family and in asking for their privacy to be respected,” Robbins added.

 

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Dorene Anderson

Anderson, 49, was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her husband, John, and her daughters.

In a statement to The Washington Post, her husband said he was grateful for the time he got to share with his wife.

"She was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had," John Anderson said.

 

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Carly Kreibaum

Carly Kreibaum, 33, lived on a farm just outside of Sutherland, Iowa, a town of 600 people, according to the Des Moines Register. Local librarian Dan Wetherell described her as a "kind, loving mother, just working and taking care of her children."

Kreibaum is survived by her husband, Chris, and two young children. 

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Carrie Parsons

Carrie Parsons, 31, was a Seattle resident remembered as a "one in a million friend,"  according to Laura Cooper and KOMO News in Seattle. She was an avid fan of country music singer Eric Church — one of the festival's headliners — who she'd seen more than 10 times. 

Cooper, a close friend, learned from Parsons' mother that her friend had been shot. "I woke up and I thought 'is this real?'" she told KOMO. "'Did this actually happen or is this just a bad nightmare?' No — it's real — a senseless tragedy I can't make sense of."

 

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Pati Mestas

67-year-old Pati Mestas was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved country music and spending time with her family, the Riverside Press Enterprise said on Tuesday. One of her favorite artists was Jason Aldean, who was performing when the shooting broke out at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. 

Her cousin, Tom Smith, described her as a caring parent and faithful Christian: "She shined. She was vocal and attentive and comforting...I would categorize her as one of the ideal cousins, a role model."

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Brett Schwanbeck

At large family gatherings, Brett Schwanbeck, 61, was the fun uncle to hang out with, his niece Carla Van Hoosen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Van Hoosen described him as the kind of guy "who would drive 500 miles if you needed him to help you." 

Schwanbeck attended the festival with his fiance, who escaped without injury. His youngest son, Shawn Schwanbeck, said that his father loved the outdoors and took the family on frequent camping and hunting trips. "My dad was the funnest guy in the world to be around," Shawn said. 

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Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer, a 24-year-old originally from Marina, California, was celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas and had recently become engaged, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, where Meyer had been enrolled in an Automotive program, confirmed his death.

On their Facebook page, the college shared a message written by the father of Meyers' girlfriend, Gary Getreu: "He was a wonderful young man and my future son in law... The loss and grief his family and mine feel at this time is beyond belief."