Screw the Shooter — Let’s Talk About the Victims of the Las Vegas Massacre

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There’s plenty to be said about the shooter of the Las Vegas tragedy.

But we don’t want to give that person any attention right now.

Instead, we’re sharing and honoring the stories of the people who were killed on Sunday night.

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At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured out of the crowd of 22,000 attending the  Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Here’s what we know about some of the victims.

Ahlers was a resident of Murietta, California. She is survived by her husband of 16 years and three children.

Alvarado was a mother of three from Cedar City, Utah. Her husband is a firefighter. He told the Salt Lake Tribune that Alvarado “was happiest when she was together with her family, especially her children and she would do ANYTHING for them.”

Anderson was attending the concert with her daughter. Her husband’s employer released a statement on behalf of her family, saying, “We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her. We are greatly appreciative and want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you have been sending us. We are dealing with the situation as a family, and would appreciate our privacy as we grieve for our loss.” Anderson was a huge fan of the minor league hockey team the Alaska Aces.

Barnette was a Disney employee working at the Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure. Yesterday, Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger tweeted: “A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.”

Beaton received a fatal gunshot wound as he tried to protect his wife who was attending the concert with him. They were at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary. After he was injured, Beaton’s son shared a tweet calling his dad a true hero.  In addition to his wife, Beaton is survived by his sons Jake and Delaney.  

Burditus grew up in Hedgesville, West Virginia. She attended Sunday night’s Jason Aldean concert with Tony, her husband of 32 years. Tony wrote in a Facebook post that Denise passed away in his arms. “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,” Tony wrote. “Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”

Sandy Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School. The superintendent of her school district said, “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.”

Tom Day Jr. lived in Riverside and worked as a home builder. His four adult children attended the concert with him. Day’s father said he received a phone call around 11 p.m. on Sunday informing him that his son had died at the concert. Thomas Day Sr., 75, said he was not ready to talk about his son’s death.

Dana Gardner lived in Grand Terrace, California, where she was the deputy recorder-county clerk. She traveled to Las Vegas to attend the music festival with one of her daughters. When Gardner was wounded, her daughter rode in the ambulance with her to the trauma center.

Gomez graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015 and was attending Riverside Community College. Gomez’s former cheer coach describes her as “a fun-loving, sweet young lady with a great sense of humor.”

Hartfield was a police officer with the LVPD, although he was off-duty when he attended the music festival. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Hartfield coached youth football and was a military veteran.

Irvine was an attorney from San Diego. Kyle Kraska, sports director for CBS News 8 told the San Diego Tribune that he had known Irvine for approximately 15 years and that she “was like a little sister” to him. On Facebook, Kraska wrote that Irvine had been “holding hands with her girlfriends singing and dancing to country music when she was shot in the head.”

Klymchuk was a librarian, bus driver, and mother of four children. She died Monday morning with her fiancé Brent at her side.

LeRocque was a resident of Tewksbury, Massachusetts. She attended the concert with her husband and daughter, both of whom escaped without injury. Her grandmother told the Boston Globe, “we lost a dear, close, good person — one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life.”

McIldoon’s parents describe him as a “self-described cowboy boot, tattoo-covered redneck who loved the outdoors.” His final moments were spent in the arms of a total stranger — a Las Vegas bartender — who never left his side, reports CBS News’ Adriana Diaz. Heather Gooze held his hand as he passed away. She later told Global News, “I reached over and I was holding this guy’s hand, and I could kind of feel him squeeze my fingers and then all of a sudden, like… he wasn’t squeezing my fingers anymore.”

Melton was a registered nurse from Tennessee. He was attending the concert with his wife Heather, who said that he saved her life. “He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she said. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

We will update this article to include information about the following victims, as well as any other names that become public: Steve Berger Candice Bowers Christiana Duarte Stacee Etcheber Victor Link Kelsey Meadows Calla Medig Adrian Murfitt Jenny Parks Rachael Parker Lisa Patterson John Phippen Melissa Ramirez Jordyn Rivera Quinton Robbins Cameron Robinson Tara Roe Lisa Romero-Muniz Christopher Roybal Bailey Schweizter Erick Silva Brennan Lee Stewart Susan Smith Derrick “Bo” Taylor Neysa Tonks Kurt von Tillow Michelle Vo Bill Wolfe Jr.