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Lives lost: Remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting

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At least 59 people were killed and over 500 were injured after a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino opened fire on Sunday night at the Route 91 music festival.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Officials are still working to identify the victims and notify their families. We will update this list as names are released.

Remembering the victims:

AUSTIN DAVIS

JENNIFER TOPAZ

CHRISTOPHER ROYBAL, 28

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Roybal was a southern California native who had recently returned from Afghanistan. He was at the concert with his mother.

HANNAH AHLERS, 34

She leaves behind her husband and three children.

STACEE ETCHEBER, 50

Etcheber leaves behind two children aged 10 and 13.

JOHN PHIPPEN

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Friends of Phippen created a Go Fund Me page for his his five children.

"John has five children and one grandson of which he absolutely adored. His youngest daughter is only 14 and who lost her Mom only 3 short years ago. It is a tragedy to lose your father and mother both at such a young age," they wrote. "This is a man who loved his family and his friends as if they were family. It is unfortunate to say he left a lot behind."


ADRIAN MURFITT, 35

He was a commercial fisherman from Anchorage, Alaska.

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, 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.

Her brother "was happy to pay some things off and had made some really good money and decided to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun," she said.

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BAILEY SCHWEITZER, 20

Her father, Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer, confirmed her death to Eyewitness News.

DENISE SALMON BURDITUS

Denise Salmon Burditus had attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival for the past three years. The West Virginia native was attending the festival with her husband, Tony. About a half hour before the shooting began, the couple snapped a photo together.

According to reports, she died in her husband’s arms.

ANGIE GOMEZ

California’s Riverside Polytechnic High School wrote a post on Facebook identifying Gomez as one of the victims. She graduated in 2015.

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RACHEL PARKER, 33

Rachael Parker, a police records technician, was shot and ultimately died in the hospital, the Manhattan Beach Police Department said.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department released a statement identifying officer Rachel Parker as one of the victims killed. She was off duty and attending the concert with another officer who was also shot but received minor injures.

NEYSA TONKS

Neysa Tonks was a mother of three from Salt Lake City, Utah.

SONNY MELTON, 29

Sonny Melton, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, was one of at least 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire Sunday night on the crowd of 22,000.

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Melton's wife, Heather Gulish Melton, said she is in complete disbelief.

"At this point, 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," Heather said in a statement to Fox 17 News.

A coworker said the Meltons were in Las Vegas celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

Melton worked as a nurse at Henry County Medical Center, where his wife also works as an Orthopedic Surgeon. Community members also tell Fox 17 that Heather is the team physician for the Henry County High School football team.

SANDY CASEY, 35

Sandy Casey, a middle school special education teacher from Manhattan Beach, California, was killed in Sunday night's attack, the school district said.

JENNY PARKS

Jenny Parks was a mother of two and a kindergarten teacher for the Lancaster School District in California. She was at the concert with her husband, Bobby Parks who was injured in the shooting. One of his co-workers created a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the family.

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JESSICA KLYMCHUK, 28

Klymchuk was a mother of four and teachers assistant from Alberta, Canada. A post on Klymchuk's Facebook page says she got engaged in April, and was in Vegas with her fiance. According to a donation page set up by her friends, she "passed away with her fiance Brent Irla by her side."

JORDAN MCLLDOON, 23

Mclldoon was just days away from his 24th birthday. British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement Tuesday Jordan Mclldoon, a 23-year-old mechanic's apprentice from Maple, Ridge, British Columbia was among those killed.

"We only had one child," Al and Angela McIldoon, told the CBC. "We just don't know what to do."

Heather Gooze stayed by McIldoon's side for more than five hours after he succumbed to his gunshot wounds, even though she'd never met him. "I couldn't just leave him by himself," Gooze told the CBC. "I don't know, I just couldn't leave him."

SUSAN SMITH, 53

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(Courtesy of the Simi Valley Unified School District)

Susan Smith was married with two adult children. She was a resident of Simi Valley, California, near Los Angeles and 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."

LISA ROMERO, 48

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 Monday.

"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-Muniz's husband, children and grandchildren, Hyatt said.

JACK BEATON

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Jack Beaton's death was confirmed directly to KBAK/KBFX by his mother-in-law.

CHARLESTON HARTFIELD, 34

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