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Teacher, veteran, corrections officer among the 58 killed by Las Vegas gunman

Allison Easterbrooks pauses at a memorial for the people killed in Sunday's mass shooting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor country music festival on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.
Allison Easterbrooks pauses at a memorial for the people killed in Sunday's mass shooting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor country music festival on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. AP

They came from all over including California, Canada, Utah and Tennessee.

Some were veterans, police officers, students and teachers. They were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren.

Each went to Las Vegas expecting three days of non-stop country music with some of the genre’s biggest performers including Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Instead, a gunman opened fire late Sunday as the outdoor concert came to an end.

Officials say 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd of concertgoers from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. At least 58 people were killed and more than 527 injured, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

Their lives abruptly came to an end, leaving friends and family members stricken, hearts broken.

Here, then, is a little more about those who lost their life:

▪ Hannah Ahlers was a 34-year-old mother of three children, ages 3, 11 and 14, from Murrieta, California, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She had gone to the festival with her husband Brian and three other couples, her father-in-law told the Review Journal. Her parents live in Bradenton and had received an early-morning phone call Monday from their son, telling them Hannah was killed, according to the Bradenton Herald.

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Hannah and Brian Alhers at a prior concert together. Courtesy of the family via Bradenton Herald

▪ Heather Alvarado, 35, was a wife and mother who traveled from Utah with her family for the concert, according to the New York Times. She was married to Albert Alvarado, a Utah firefighter, the Times reported.

▪ Dorene Anderson, 49, was a stay-at-home mother who lived in Anchorage, according to KTTU. She was at the concert with her husband and two daughters, ABC News reported.

▪ Carrie Barnette, 34, of Riverside, California, worked at Flo's V-8 Cafe in Disneyland, according to People magazine.

▪ Jack Beaton, 54, of Bakersfield, California, was shot while shielding his wife Laurie from gunfire, according to Bakersfieldnow.com. They were celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary. “He told her he loved her. Laurie could tell he was slipping. She told him she loved him, and she would see him in heaven,’’ Laurie’s father, Jerry Cook, told Bakersfieldnow.com

▪ Steve Berger went to the Las Vegas to celebrate his 44th birthday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His father, Richard Berger, told the paper that his son, who was a financial planner, had three children and was a hard worker.

▪ Candice Bowers, 40, lived in Garden Grove, California, ABC7 reported. According to a GoFundMe page, Bowers was the mother of three children and was a huge country music fan.

▪ Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, died in her husband’s arms, according to the Los Angeles Times. She loved to travel and spend time with her grandchildren. Burditus’ husband Tony posted a tribute to his wife on Facebook. “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. Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE,’’ according to MSN.com.

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Denise Burditus Facebook

▪ Sandy Casey, 35, worked at Manhattan Beach Middle School as a special education teacher, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was a Vermont native, according to the Burlington Free Press.

▪ Andrea Castilla, 28, was in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday with her sister who lives there, according to the Washington Post. Adam Castilla, Andrea’s older brother, told the paper he received a call from his sister’s boyfriend that she had been shot in the head.

▪ Denise Cohen, 57, who has two sons, died along with her boyfriend Derrick “Bo” Taylor, KEYT reported. She was a property manager in Santa Barbara and loved to travel to country music concerts, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. She as a big fan of Jason Aldean.

▪ Austin Davis, 29, a pipefitter from Riverside, California, CBS News reported. A GoFundMe page had raised $11,780 of its $10,000 goal.

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Austin Davis GoFundMe

▪ Thomas Day Jr., 54, worked in construction in California. He attended the festival with his father and four daughters, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

▪ Christiana Duarte, 22, from Torrance, California, was found dead after her family reported her missing in the hours after the shooting, according to the Daily Breeze. Duarte was the sister of White Sox minor-leaguer Mikey Duarte, the Chicago Tribune reported. She was about to start a marketing job with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Stacee Etcheber, 50, was the wife of a San Francisco police officer who, though off duty, told his wife to run and stayed to help others, according to CNN.

▪ Brian Fraser, 39 , traveled from Pomona, California, to Vegas specifically for the music festival, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His son, Nick Arrellano, told the Orange County Register that Fraser had walked toward the stage to hear his favorite Jason Aldean song, “Dirt Road Anthem,’’ when he was shot and killed. He is survived by this wife and four children.

▪ Keri Galvan, 31, was from Thousand Oaks, California, and leaves behind her husband and three young children, according to People.com and The Thousand Oaks Acorn. She was at the concert with her husband and a group of friends.

▪ Dana Gardner, 50, worked for San Bernardino County, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She is survived by three children: Anthony, Ryan and Kayla.

▪ Angela Gomez, was a 20-year-old student at Riverside Community College, according to a GoFundMe page.

▪ Charleston Hartfield, 34, was a Las Vegas police officer who was off-duty during the concert, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was a military veteran and coached youth football.

▪ Chris Hazencomb, 44, had shielded his best friend’s wife, according to USA Today. He is a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School in California, the paper reported. He was the last victim.

▪  Victor Link, 55, was from Aliso Viejo in California and worked in the mortgage industry. He attended the Las Vegas concert with his fiance and two longtime friends. Family described him as “a loving fiance, proud father, loyal son, protective brother, supportive uncle and kind friend.”

▪ Jennifer Topaz Irvine, was an attorney in San Diego-based attorney, according to CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.

▪ Nicol Kimura, 38, lived in Orange County, California, and went to the festival with a close-knit group of friends, according to the Washington Post. Ryan Smith, who attended the festival with Kimura, created a GoFundMe page to help her parents with funeral expenses.

▪ Jessica Klymchuk, 34, was a librarian who worked at a Roman Catholic elementary school in Valleyview, Alberta, Canada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. She was a single mother of four children, according to the Globe and Mail.

▪ Carly Kreibaum, 33, was from Sutherland, Iowa, and leaves behind a husband and two children, according to a GoFundMe page. Kreibaum was considered one of the missing until Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She loved Hawaii, Disney and country music.

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Rhonda LeRocque Facebook

▪ Victor Link, 52, was a loan processor from San Clemente, California, according to NBC News. He had a 23-year-old son and was a music lover. He attended the festival with his fiancé, Lynne Gonzalez, according to The Orange County Register. They had just returned from a European vacation.

▪ Jordan McIldoon was 23 and from British Columbia in Canada, according to CBC News. His parents told the Globe and Mail that, “He loved NASCAR and country music and was rarely seen out of his cowboy boots.’’ He was their only child.

▪ Kelsey Meadows, 28, who lived in Kern County, California, had graduated from Fresno State and returned to her hometown of Taft to become a substitute teacher, according to Bakersfield.com.

▪ Calla Medig, 28, from Edmonton, Canada, had just been promoted to manager at a restaurant in Edmonton, according to the Los Angeles Times.

▪ Sonny Melton, 29, was a registered nurse at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, according to McClatchy. His wife, Heather Melton, who survived, told reporters that he shielded her with his body, sacrificing his life to save her.

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Sonny Melton GoFundMe

▪ Austin Meyer, 24, of Marina, California, was celebrating his birthday with his girlfriend in Las Vegas, according to KSBW8. His sister, Veronica Meyer, told the station that her brother had recently moved to Reno to attend Truckee Meadows Community College.

▪ Pati Mestas, 67, from Menifee, California, loved country music and often attended shows, according to the Washington Post. Isa Bahu, a close friend, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that Mestas was the “life of the party.”

▪ Adrian Murfitt, 35, worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in Anchorage, according to the Los Angeles Times. He attended the festival with two childhood friends, according to the New York Times.

▪ Rachael Parker, who was a police records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, according to CBS Los Angeles. She worked at the department for 10 years and was off duty when she was shot, according to the New York Times.

▪ Jenny Parks, 35, was a teacher with Westside Union School District in California, according to ABC13. She attended the concert with her husband, Bobby, her high school sweetheart, according to the New York Times.

▪ Carrie Parsons, 31, was on a girls trip from Seattle, KOMO News, an ABC affiliate in Seattle, reported. Parsons’ friend Laura Cooper told the station that her friend loved country music and frequented festivals.

▪ Lisa Patterson, 46, worked with the Palos Verdes Girls Softball League, according to ABC7. Patterson leaves behind her husband Bob and three kids, according to a GoFundMe page. She and her husband owned a hardwood-flooring business in the Lomita community south of Los Angeles, according to AZCentral.com

▪ John Phippen, 56, was the owner of a home remodeling company in Santa Clarita, California. He was a father of six, and had taken his adult son Travis to the concert, according to KABC. His son is recovering from his injury.

▪ Melissa Ramirez, 26, majored in business at California State University and had recently been promoted at the car insurance company where she worked, according to the New York Times. A GoFundMe page was created to help her parents and siblings.

▪ Jordyn Rivera, 21, of La Verne, California, was studying health-care management at California State University and was a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honor society, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A GoFundMe page was created to help the family with funeral arrangements.

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Jordyn Rivera GoFundMe

▪ Quinton Robbins, 20, of Henderson, Nevada, worked as a recreation assistant for the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.

▪ Cameron Robinson, 28, of St. George, Utah, was a legal records specialist for the City of Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Rocio Guillen Rocha of Anaheim, California, was the mother of four children, ages 18, 13, 16 months and 1 month, according to ABC7.com She was a longtime cast member at Disneyland, the station reported. A GoFundMe page was set up by her cousin Vanessa Pineda Rocha.

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Rocio Guillen Rocha GoFundMe

▪ Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48, of New Mexico was a longtime secretary for Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Her husband, Chris, had forgotten their wedding anniversary last year, and made it up to her this year by taking her on a four-day weekend in Las Vegas to attend the music festival, the New York Times reported. She was a wife, mother and grandmother. “She was not only an employee of our school district but was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students in many of the schools she worked in,’’ interim superintendent Mike Hyatt said in a press conference, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Chris Roybal, 28, of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, according to ABC News said. He was celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas. He moved to Colorado Springs earlier this year to manage a Crunch Fitness gym, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Chris Roybal GoFundMe

▪ Brian Schwanbeck, 61, was a grandfather of five and a retired big-rig truck driver, according to the Washington Post. His fiancé, Anna Orozco, told the paper that Schwanbeck loved the outdoors.

▪ Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was a receptionist at Infinity Communications in Bakersfield, California, her hometown, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. She was at the concert with her mother, who survived, according to Bakersfield.com.

▪ Laura Shipp, 50, of Thousand Oaks, California, went to the show with her son, Corey, a Marine Corps reservist who was separated from his mom during the gunfire and chaos that followed, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

▪ Erick Silva, 21, who lived in Las Vegas, worked for the Contemporary Services Corporation, ABC News reported. He was part of the security crew and stationed near the stage, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Susan Smith, 53, was an office manager at Vista Fundamental Elementary School in Simi Valley, according to the Los Angeles Times.

▪ Tara Roe Smith, 34, of Canada, was in Las Vegas for a weekend getaway with her husband Zach, according to the Toronto Star. A former model, she worked as an educational assistant for the Foothills School Division in Canada, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

▪ Brennan Stewart, 30, of Las Vegas, died while protecting his girlfriend, Gia Iantuono, according to The Daily Telegraph of London.

▪ Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 52, was a California correctionals department lieutenant, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His girlfriend Denise Cohen was also killed.

▪ Neysa Tonks, 46, a mother of three boys — Kaden, 24, Braxton, 17, and Greysen, 14— worked at Technologent in Irvine, California. The company has established a Go Fund Me page.

▪ Kurt Von Tillow, 55, of Cameron Park, California, was memorialized Monday when friends and relatives led a procession of golf carts to his home, accoding to NBC News.

▪ Michelle Vo, 32, was an insurance saleswoman who lived in San Jose, according to the Mercury News. She had befriended Kody Robertson who was standing next to her when she was shot, according to the Washington Post. He spent the whole night trying to find her after being separated in the chaos.

▪ Bill Wolfe, Jr. , 42, was a wrestling coach in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, according to PennLive.com. Shippensburg Police Department confirmed the wrestling coach’s death in a Facebook post. He was a father of two and celebrating his 20th anniversary with his wife Robyn, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Fresno, Calif. resident Crystal Alaniz left to use the restroom during the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting broke out. "I kept praying and I kept hoping that I was going to get out of there alive," she said.

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