Stories of victims who lost their lives in Las Vegas shooting
Jennifer Parks - Photo courtesy of Westside Union School District
LAS VEGAS (KTVU) - We are learning more about the victims after 59 people lost their lives in the Las Vegas concert shooting.
Hannah Ahlers, 35, could be daring. The Murrieta, Calif., resident was part of a tight-knit community of skydivers and enjoyed the outdoors, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Thirty-five-year-old Heather Alvarado was killed in the shooting, according to Time. According to the report she leaves behind her husband and three children.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 49-year-old Dorene Anderson died in the shooting. Her daughter posted on Facebook “Sadly, my mom was one of the victims that did not make it.” Anderson of Anchorage was described as a stay-at home wife and mother, according to the report.
Carrie Barnette was celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday in Las Vegas when she was shot in the chest. She died before reaching the hospital, her mother said. She was the oldest of three children, and family was her priority, said her mother, Mavis Barnette, according to the LA Times. She reportedly worked for Disney.
Jack Beaton of Bakersfield was killed while covering his wife from gunfire, according to Fox News.
Steve Berger was celebrating his birthday with his friends and girlfriend when he was shot, according to a report by KMSP.
Forty-year-old Candice Bowers was a single mother, according to Time. According to the Orange County Register, relatives say she recently adopted a 2-year-old. She was described as a hard working waitress.
Denise Burditus was a wife, mother and soon to be grandmother, according to Fox News. She attended the concert with her husband Tony.
Sandy Casey, 35, worked as a special education teacher. She worked at Manhattan Beach Middle School and was engaged to her boyfriend about five months ago, according to Fox News.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea Castilla was in Vegas to celebrate her 28th birthday. She was with her family during the shooting. She was shot in her head and taken to hospital by family where she later died, according to reports.
A friend of Denise Cohen's tells KTVU she grew up in San Ramon and attended California High School in San Ramon, graduating in 1977. They are having a 40 year class reunion soon and Denise was going to attend soon. A friend said she was very well loved by all who knew her and she kept in touch with former classmates.
Twenty-nine-year-old Austin Davis died in the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to the report, he was a pipefitter for UA Local 364. He had a girlfriend of nine years.
Thomas Day Jr.
Thomas Day Jr. was a Las Vegas area resident. The 54-year-old who worked as a home builder, was at the concert with his children, according to reports.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 21-year-old Christiana Duarte graduated from the University of Arizona. She was reportedly working for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. Family members told NBC Los Angeles she was fatally shot at the concert.
A wife of a San Francisco police officer is among the 59 people who died during the worst shooting massacre in U.S. history, according to her brother-in-law.
“It's with a heavy heart and deep sorrow, Stacee Etcheber has passed away,” Al Etcheber wrote on Facebook. Tuesday morning before 6 a.m. “Please pray for our family during this difficult time. She leaves behind two adoring beautiful children and an amazing husband. Thank you to everyone for all the support in this past few days. We will dearly miss you......”
In the chaos of the gunfire Vinnie Etcheber started to care for wounded victims, Al Etcheber told KTVU on Monday.
Vinnie Etcheber told his wife, Stacee, a hairdresser in Novato and mother of two, to run. And that's the last he saw of his wife.
Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Fraser was known for his sense of adventure. He liked to hunt, deep sea fish and snowboard, according to a report by the Orange County Register. He had a wife and four children.
Thirty-one-year-old Keri Galvan had a husband and three children, according to the Ventura County Star. She lived in Thousand Oaks where she was a cocktail server, according to the report.
Dana Gardner, 52, was a deputy recorder-county clerk for San Bernardino County. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gardner of Grand Terrace went to the concert with one of her daughters.
Angie Gomez had graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA in Riverside, Calif. She graduated in 2015, according to Fox News.
Charleston "Chuck" Hartfield
Fox News reports Hartfield, 34, was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer. He was also a military veteran and wrote a book called "Memoirs of a Public Servant."
Forty-four-year-old Chris Hazencomb reportedly died in the shooting as he protected his best friend's wife from bullets, according to the Ventura County Star. He reportedly worked at Walmart.
Forty-two-year-old Jennifer Irvine was a San Diego attorney. According to TIME, the law firm she worked for confirmed she died in the shooting. She reportedly enjoyed yoga and snowboarding.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jessica Klymchuk was a single mother of four. According to Fox News she just got engaged in April. She worked for St. Stephen's School, according to Fox News.
The Des Moines Register reports Carly Kreibaum, 33, of northwestern Iowa died in the shooting. She was at the musical festival with two friends.
The Boston Globe reports Rhonda LeRocque died in the shooting. She reportedly worked for a design firm. Her husband and daughter were reportedly not harmed in the shooting.
Victor Link of San Clemente died in the shooting, according to Fox News. As we learn more about Victor we'll update this information.
Rhonda LeRocque was a mother from Tewksbury, Mass., according to Fox News. She was 41 years old.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kelsey Meadows was a substitute teacher at Taft Union School District, according to the district. She reportedly graduated in 2011 from Fresno State University.
Fox News reports, according to multiple reports 23-year-old Canadian man Jordan Mclldoon died in the shooting. He reportedly was at the concert with his girlfriend.
Calla Medig was in her 20's and was described as warm-hearted and kind by her friends on social media, according to TIME. CBC News reports she worked as a waitress and had taken time off to attend the concert.
Sonny Melton is a nurse from Tennessee who is said to have died while trying to protect his wife, Dr. Heather Gulish Melton, by using his own body to shield hers.
His wife, Dr. Melton has ties to the Bay Area. According to her Facebook page, she is from Sebastopol. She also studied at UC Davis.
KTVU received a statement from her husband's employer, West Tennessee Healthcare.
The hospital system said, "We are very saddened by the news of the Las Vegas shooting yesterday. Our hearts go out to all the victims and families who have been impacted by this tragedy. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Sonny Melton. Sonny Melton worked for West Tennessee Healthcare as a Surgical Intensive Care Unit RN in 2016."
The statement quoted Melton's former nursing director who said, “He was a kind, compassionate nurse who lived life to the fullest. He took great care of his patients.”
Thirty-five-year-old Adrian Murfitt of Anchorage, Alaska was a fisherman, according to the Associated Press.
According to Fox News, Romero-Muniz worked as a secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, N.M. A school official confirmed to KTVU that Romero died at the concert.
Family members are remembering her as a kind and uplifting person. “Growing up she was always happy, always smiling. Don’t think she had an enemy in the world," said her cousin Paul Romero. "Her family was her world,” he added.
Lisa Romero-Muniz had three grown children and four grandchildren, according to her cousin.
A family member says Alaska native, 35-year-old Adrian Murfitt died at the concert, according to Fox News. According to the report he worked as a fisherman.
Rachael Parker was a police records technician. She died in the hospital from her gunshot wounds.
“She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed,” the department said in a news release.%INLINE%
Jenny Parks was a kindergarten teacher in the Lancaster School District in California. According to Fox News, her husband was also shot but survived.
Thirty-one-year-old Carrie Parson died two nights after the concert, according to the Washington Post. She worked as a recruiter in Seattle.
Lisa Patterson had been with her husband for more than 30 years and had three children, according to a report by Fox 5 Las Vegas. Her youngest child was 8 years old.
John Phippen was a father from Santa Clarita, California. He reportedly ran a home remodeling company. According to the Los Angeles Times he was dancing next to his son at the concert when he was hit by a bullet. According to the report, his son carried his father to a car before going to the hospital where he died.
According to reports 20-year-old Quinton Robbins of Henderson, Nevada worked in the government in his hometown. His aunt described him as "the most kind and loving soul." A GoFundme was set up for Robbins family. On the GoFundme Robbins cousin wrote, "He had a this contagious laugh and a wonderful smile that he was always quick to give. He also was a man of many talents. He excelled at so much in life. Everyone who met him, loved him. He is loved and will be missed by so many."
Bailey Schweitzer started work seven months ago as a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting, a software company in Bakersfield. From CEO Fred Brakeman “We here at Infinity Communications and Consulting, Inc. regret to inform the public that our very own Bailey Schweitzer was unfortunately a part of the the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017. We are saddened today as Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day. 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. Our friend and colleague will be greatly missed and there will never be a replacement for her in our hearts. We ask the public to please join us in prayers for Bailey’s family at this time.”
Susan Smith was a Simi Valley Unified School District employee. She was an officer manager at the Vista Elementary School in Simi Valley.
Southern California special education teacher Sandy Casey was also killed in Sunday’s shooting rampage. She worked with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
Forty-six-year-old Neysa Tonks moved to Las Vegas 10 years ago. She was originally from Utah, according to Fox News. She worked at the IT firm Technolgent.
Thirty-two-year-old Michelle Vo graduated from Independence High in San Jose in 2003 and attended U.C. Davis before going to work in Los Angeles. A close family friend says they lost an angel who was always full of life.
Bill Wolfe Jr.
Bill Wolfe Jr. was a Shippensburg, Pennsylvania wrestling coach. "We are saddened to share that Coach Bill Wolfe is among the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas Sunday, October 1. His wife, Robyn, is okay but Bill's condition is presently unknown,” read a post on the GoFundMe page created for the Wolfe family.