Latest: More victims named in the deadliest gun massacre in US history

Latest: More victims named in the deadliest gun massacre in US history
Sonny and Heather Melton are believed to have been married just one year.

Update 10.40pm: Through tears and in heart-wrenching tributes, relatives and friends are remembering the dozens of people killed in the shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip.

Co-workers gazed silently into flickering candles at a vigil for one victim, a former cheerleader from California who loved country music. Younger siblings absorbed the news that their beloved big brother was gone.

Relatives of another victim waited for hours before getting the worst news imaginable - that a mother of two who was initially listed as missing had died.

These are some of the people who died when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel at a crowd of more than 22,000 at a country music festival.


Quinton Robbins, 20, died when a bullet hit him as he was looking for a place to take his girlfriend for shelter, according to his uncle, Mike Wells.

He said: "The kid was loved by everyone. He was popular in high school, but would walk up to the kid who wasn't so popular and befriend him and make him feel good."

Mr Robbins leaves behind a younger brother and sister, who adored him, as well as his parents, Mr Wells said.

He was an active member of the Mormon church and had hoped to go on a mission before he was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, he said. He worked for the athletic department in his home city of Henderson, Nevada.


Mother-of-two Tara Roe Smith, 34, of Alberta, Canada, went to Las Vegas with her husband Zach for a weekend getaway.

Her aunt, Val Rodgers, said: "She was a beautiful soul. She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly."

Ms Smith, the mother of two young boys, lived in Okotoks.


Heather Warino Alvarado made the three-hour drive from her southern Utah home to Las Vegas to get away for the weekend and take her daughter to a country music festival.

Her daughter was unharmed in the Sunday night shooting, but the 35-year-old was one of at least 59 people killed.

She ran an in-home day care centre in Cedar City, Utah, and was a devoted wife and mother of three children who was always willing to help others, said her friend Megan Jackson Gadd.

"She has made huge impacts on those around her with even the smallest gestures," she said.

"A person like her will never be replaced or forgotten and will be missed dearly every day for the rest of our lives."

The daughter, whose age and identity is being kept private to protect her privacy, is physically OK, she said.


A one-time high school cheerleader who loved country music, Bailey Schweitzer of Bakersfield, California, went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival to see some of her favourite acts.

A day after the 20-year-old's death, colleagues at the software company where she worked held a vigil.

"No one could possibly have a bad day when Bailey was around," said Fred Brakeman, chief executive officer of Infinity Communications and Consulting, where Ms Schweitzer was a receptionist.

"If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed."

Ms Schweitzer graduated in 2015 from Centennial High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. On social media she often posted photos from Bakersfield Speedway, a dirt auto-racing track that her family owns.


Thomas Day was a big country music fan, so there was no doubt he would go to the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, and take his whole family with him.

Mr Day, 54, of Corona, California, was a father of four, and died after he was shot in the head.

"He was just a fun-loving boy, a great family man who loved to spend time with his family," said his father, Thomas Day Sr, who spoke on the phone, surrounded by his son's four grown children at his Las Vegas area home.


Stacee Etcheber of Novato, California, was listed as missing for hours before her family got the worst possible news, that the mother of two was dead.

At the concert, her husband told her to hide, then to run, as he helped a concertgoer next to him who had been shot, said Al Etcheber, her brother-in-law.

Her husband, Vincent Etcheber, is a San Francisco police officer, and his training kicked in immediately when shots rang out, Al Etcheber said.

Ms Etcheber, 50, worked as a hairdresser. Al Etcheber called her a loving wife and great mother who was "tough as nails and just the salt of the earth".

Earlier: A registered nurse who died shielding his wife from gunfire and a school teacher engaged to be married are among the 59 victims of America's deadliest mass shooting.

They were killed when Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on an outdoor country music concert from a 32nd floor hotel tower in Las Vegas.

Details emerged on Monday about the lives of those who died, as well as countless more who were injured.

Friends waited for text messages that never came, families learned the worst from hospitals and local authorities.

In a few cases, families were still frantically searching for news.

Many have launched fundraising campaigns for the children and families left behind, while others have vowed to start scholarship funds in their loved ones' names.

These are some of the people who lost their lives in the tragedy.


Sonny Melton, a registered nurse, died in the shooting, according to The Henry County Medical Centre in Paris, Tennessee, where he worked.

His wife, Dr Heather Melton, an orthopaedic surgeon who was with him when shots were fired, survived, the medical centre said.

Heather Melton told WZTV in Nashville, Tennessee, that her husband "saved my life and lost his". She said her husband was the most kind-hearted, loving man she ever met.

Friend Jeremy Butler told the Paris (Tennessee) Post-Intelligencer that Melton was shielding his wife from gunfire when he was fatally shot.


Off-duty Las Vegas police officer and youth football coach Charleston Hartfield was among those killed, 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 later learned through another friend 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.


Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was also among the slain, a family member said.

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.


MetroNews, a West Virginia-based radio network, reported that Tony Burditus wrote on his Facebook page that his wife Denise 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," he wrote. "Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE."

Denise Burditus' Facebook page includes a photo of her and 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, New Mexico, was an "incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students," the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools interim superintendent said on Monday.

District officials confirmed to reporters that Romero, 48, had died sometime after the shooting.

"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's husband, children and grandchildren, Hyatt said. Officials announced a candlelight vigil in her honour.


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 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 said she got engaged in April, and was in Vegas with her fiance.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement that Mclldoon, a mechanic's apprentice, was among those killed.

"We only had one child," parents 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, California, 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 on Monday morning, most of them had not yet heard that Smith was among those who were killed.

She said Smith was married with two adult children, adding that Smith's love for country music was well-known.


Rachael Parker, a police records technician, died in 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.


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Sandy Casey, a middle school special education teacher living in Redondo Beach, California, 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 was at the Las Vegas concert with her fiance and a friend, who were not injured, said Linda O'Leary, a cousin of Casey's mother who is acting as a family spokeswoman. 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.


Dorene Anderson was the second person from Anchorage, Alaska, confirmed killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas, her husband's employer said.

Anderson's husband, John, works for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The chief executive of that organisation sent an email to employees on Monday informing them that Dorene had been killed in the shooting.

Anderson described herself on her Facebook page as a stay-at-home wife and mother whose outside interest was a passion for the Alaska Aces, a minor league hockey team that recently disbanded and was sold to the parent company of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.


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