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Las Vegas mass shooting: Who are the victims?

Retiree Stephen Paddock, 64, who was armed with multiple assault rifles, strafed an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas from a high-rise hotel window, slaughtering dozens of people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history before killing himself.

Paddock mowed down concert-goers from a 32nd storey window leaving a trail of chaos at a Las Vegas country festival on Sunday night.

The following describes some of the victims:

Sonny Melton

West Tennessee man Sonny Melton was reported to be one of the victims killed in the gunfire.

The 29-year-old was watching country performer Jason Aldean when the gunman fired into the crowd.

His wife Heather Melton said he saved her life.

“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” his wife Heather Melton told WSMV News.

“I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

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Quinton Robbins

Quinton Robbins, a 20-year-old University student from Nevada, was reportedly killed at the festival.

His aunt Kilee Wells Sanders took to Facebook to report his death.

“With an incredibly heavy heart. My sweetest nephew has passed away. He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him, loved him,” she wrote.

Jordan McIldoon

Canadian Jordan McIldoon was also reported to have died in the shooting after he attended the festival with his girlfriend.

The 23-year-old apprentice mechanic was reported dead by his parents.

“We only had one child,” Mr McIldoon’s parents told CBC News.

“We just don’t know what to do.”

Denise Burditus

Denise Burditus, 50, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, attended the concert with her husband Tony, WVVA TV in West Virginia reported.

She posted a photograph on Facebook just minutes before the gunman opened fire, the NBC affiliate said.

Sandy Casey

Sandy Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School in California, KGTV in San Diego said.

Casey was among a group of Manhattan Beach Unified School District staff, the ABC affiliate reported.

“As you can imagine, this loss is impacting many of our staff members deeply,” the superintendent said in a letter sent to district families, KGTV reported.

Angie Gomez

Angie Gomez was a 2015 alumna of Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA in Riverside, California, the school said on Facebook.

“She will always be loved and endeared by our Poly Family,” the school said.

Charleston Hartfield

Charleston Hartfield, 34, was the off-duty Las Vegas police officer among those killed, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing people who knew the officer.

“He was probably busy helping others,” Hartfield’s friend Troy Rhett told the newspaper.

“I don’t know a better man than Charles.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which did not identify the fallen officer, reported the death on Twitter.

Adrian Murfitt

Adrian Murfitt, 35, was a commercial fisherman in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported, which said he was at the concert with his best friend, Brian MacKinnon.

The pair was taking a picture and a bullet went through Murfitt’s neck, MacKinnon told the paper.

John Phippen

John Phippen, of Santa Clarita, California, was a father of five, grandfather of one and owned a remodeling and repair company, KHTS AM 1220 radio station reported.

He attended the concert with his son Travis, who was shot in the arm, the station said.

“If you didn’t know John you surely missed out. He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match,” a GoFundMe page said.

“Even if you were someone he had never met before but were in need, he was there for you.”

Chris Roybal

Chris Roybal, 28, of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, ABC News said. Roybal was shot in the chest, ABC said.

Thomas Day Jr.

Thomas Day Jr., 54, of Riverside, California, a home builder, went to the festival with his four children, who are in their 20s and 30s, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him,” his father, Thomas Day Sr., told the newspaper.

“They’re crushed.”

Rachael Parker

Rachael Parker, who was a Manhattan Beach Police Records Technician in California, was shot and died in the hospital.

She and three of her colleagues were offduty and attending the Las Vegas concert when the mass shooting occurred. 

A second employee was shot but only suffered minor injuries.

“She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed,” a statement from the department said of Ms Parker.

Hannah Ahlers

Hannah Ahlers, a 35-year-old mother of three from Murrieta, California, was shot in the head and died, ABC News reported.

Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner was an employee for California’s San Bernardino County for 26 years and most recently worked as a deputy recorder, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine

Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News. 

A co-worker and friend identified Irvine as a victim to a CBS correspondent.

Jessica Klymchuk

Jessica Klymchuk, 28, of Valleyview, Alberta, was a librarian and the single mother of four children, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported.

It said she was visiting Las Vegas with her fiance.

“She’s a very good mother. She’s raised four beautiful children,” Klymchuk’s grandmother Margaret told the paper.

Rhonda LeRocque

Rhonda LeRocque, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was a wife and mother, devout Jehovah’s Witness and worked for a Cambridge design firm, the Boston Globe reported.

LeRocque attended the concert with her husband, Jason and their seven-year-old daughter, who were not injured, the newspaper said.

“Rhonda would do everything to be the best mom and the best wife she could be,” LeRocque’s sister, Jennifer Zelenski, told the paper.

Lisa Romero-Muniz

Lisa Romero-Muniz was a secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

In her most recent role, Romero-Muniz offered encouragement and support to students during disciplinary proceedings, the newspaper said.

She was described as outgoing, kind and considerate, it said.

Bailey Schweitzer

Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was from Bakersfield, California, her brother told the Bakersfield Californian newspaper.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith, 53, was a school office manager in Simi Valley, California, the Ventura County Star reported, citing a school district representative.

Smith was an ardent country music fan and worked at an elementary school for three years, the newspaper said.

Neysa Tonks

Neysa Tonks, of Las Vegas, who worked at Technologent, an Irvine, California-based technology company, was also among the victims, the Los Angeles Times said.

She was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe campaign created by Technologent.

“Neysa brought joy, happiness, fun and laughter to so many of us. The senseless tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday has unnessarily (sic) taken her from our community,” the GoFundMe page said.

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