On Sunday night, 59 people were killed in attack on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in modern U.S. history. The alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, shot into the crowd from his hotel window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino using an arsenal of 23 weapons, including at least one fully automatic rifle. Paddock is believed to have killed himself following the attack.
Although Las Vegas County is not yet confirming the names of those who were killed, friends, family members, and employers have begun to identify the victims themselves.
Here is what we know about those who have been identified so far.
Murfitt, 35, was a fisher who went to the the Route 91 Harvest festival concert to celebrate a successful fishing season.
“He had such a great time when he went before, and he wanted to treat himself for a successful fishing season,” his sister, Shannon Gothard, told The New York Times.
Murfitt went to the concert with a friend, Brian MacKinnon, who posted a photo of the two of them together at the festival on Facebook. “Sadly he died in my arms,” MacKinnon wrote. “I don’t really know what else to say at this time. I’m really sorry.”
Another friend of Murfitt’s, Harry Leffler, told Alaska’s KTUU that he had driven to a cabin with Murfitt last week. Leffler told KTUU the pair listened to Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was performing when the shooting happened, during their drive.
“He just doesn’t deserve to die,” Leffler told the station. “He would always make you smile. He always told you he loved you.”
Melton, 29, died protecting his wife, Heather Gulish Melton, from Paddock’s bullets. Melton worked in the surgical unit at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.
“I felt him get shot in the back,” Gulish Melton told Tennesee station WCYB. “I want everyone to know what a kindhearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
“He was a very kind, compassionate, genuine person who lived life to the fullest, and he took great care of our patients,” Amy Garner, a spokeswoman for the hospital where Melton worked, said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke about Melton Monday as well, telling reporters Melton and his wife had been married for only a year and had traveled from Tennessee for the concert.
“When the bullets began raining down from above, Sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers,” Sanders said on Monday.
Smith, 53, was described as a “wonderful woman, an advocate for… children, and a friend,” by the parent teacher association at the elementary school where she worked in Simi Valley, California.
She had two children, and her father, Tom Rementer, told The New York Times she was “a wonderful person.”
McIldoon, 23, would have celebrated his 24th birthday Friday, according to his relatives.
A bartender at the concert, Heather Gooze, told the CBC she stayed with McIldoon while he died, saying “I would never want myself or one of my family members to be left alone.” Gooze was left to break the news of McIldoon’s death to his girlfriend, Amber, who attended the concert with McIldoon. Amber was unharmed.
McIldoon’s parents confirmed their son’s death to the CBC.
“We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”
Romero-Muniz’s husband took her to the concert as an anniversary gift after forgetting their anniversary the year before.
“She was beyond excited,” Rosie Fernandez, a friend of Romero-Muniz’s and her superviser at the high school where they worked, told the Times. “For her husband to remember her anniversary and do all of that, this was a big thing for her.”
Romero was an “incredible, loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students,” interim superintendent of Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools Mike Hyatt said at a press conference on Monday.
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) October 2, 2017
Klymchuk, 28, was a mother of four, bus driver, and librarian. Several Canadian outlets have reported that Klymchuk was visiting Las Vegas with her fiance.
Klymchuk’s fiancé, Brett Irla, described Klymchuk on Facebook as “the most amazing woman.”
Robbins, 20, was a student at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and he attended the concert with his girlfriend, who was not injured in the shooting. His girlfriend told his family that two strangers tried to carry Robbins out of the crowd to get help before the bullets stopped.
“He was the most kind and loving soul,” Kilee Wells Sanders, Robbins’ aunt, wrote on Facebook. “Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many. So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul.”
The Washington Post reported that Robbins had been considering attending dental school.
Parker, 33, died in the hospital after being shot during the concert. She worked for the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years as a records technician.
The department confirmed Parker’s death in a statement.
“She will be greatly missed,” the statement said.
Casey, 35, was a middle school special education teacher. She attended the concert with several other Manhattan Beach Middle School employees, all of whom were unharmed, according to The Daily Breeze.
“This is unbelievably sad and tragic,” school Superintendent Mike Matthews said in a statement.
“[Casey] is loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her way,” the district said in a release. “She has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years.”
Casey’s fiancé, Christopher Willemse, told the Washington Post he and Casey loved country music and got engaged in April. The pair had been looking for wedding venues.
Willemse posted a photo of the two of them on Facebook Monday.
“As I sit and mourn such a beautiful life gone too fast, all I can say is look up and watch the birds fly high and free today as that’s where I feel you smiling down upon all of us,” he wrote. “I love you baby girl! Love you to pieces!”
— ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) October 3, 2017
Anderson, 49, was a hockey fan from Alaska who attended the concert with her daughters. Her husband’s workplace, Alaska Housing Finance Corp., confirmed her death in an email to employees, according to Alaska station KTUU.
“Dorene was the most beautiful, kind and giving woman I have ever known. She loved her husband and girls with a passion we could never match,” Gayle Simmons White, a friend of Anderson’s, wrote after learning of her death. “I admired her every action action. She was an angel on earth and will forever walk in our lives.”
— Kristen Sze (@abc7kristensze) October 3, 2017
Barnette was a Disney employee killed while attending the concert. Her death was confirmed by Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger.
“Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for ten years and was beloved by her friends and colleagues,” Iger said in a statement Monday. “Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time.”
A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) October 3, 2017
Iger added on Twitter, “A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic.”
Burditus was a mother and grandmother from West Virginia who attended the concert with her husband, Tony.
Tony shared the news of his wife’s death on Facebook, writing, “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.”
Dana Gardner, 52 of Grand Terrace was one of the 59 people killed in Las Vegas. She was at the concert w/her daughter. Family is in shock. pic.twitter.com/BlF3dIgSNM
— Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) October 3, 2017
Gardner, 52, attended the concert with her daughter. She was a San Bernardino County, California employee. Her death was confirmed by San Bernardino County Interim CEO Dena Smith in an email Monday, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
“I am so very sorry to report that one of the Assessor/Recorder employees in attendance at the event was shot twice and, tragically, passed away this morning,” Smith wrote.
County Clerk Bob Dutton told the Sun that Gardner was a “dedicated public servant” who “had a lot of knowledge.”
“Everybody here is still in shock. They’re waiting for [Gardner] to walk through the door,” Dutton added.
“She had such a sincere soul and was such a caregiver. She would have been the perfect nurse,” her friend Veronika Maldonado, who called Gomez her “twin” on Twitter, told Buzzfeed.
my heart is in shambles and none of this feels real. 8 yrs of friendship & we had so much more to go. rest easy twin, you are so loved pic.twitter.com/Nol0G2QGLA
— veronika (@veronikaelyssa) October 2, 2017
A fundraiser for Gomez’s family has raised more than $50,000 in less than 24 hours.
Hartfield, 34, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, was killed attending the concert Sunday. A military vet, he was known as “Chucky,” and he coached local youth football team, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The Hartfield family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” a message posted on the Henderson Cowboys youth football team Facebook page said. “Coach Hartfield touched many lives both on and off the field. He was a great man who we all lost way [too] early. Players and alumni, Coach Chucky would want you to keep to the plan and keep moving forward. Use as motivation and inspiration; not for sadness and sorrow.”
Irvine, 42, was an attorney working in San Diego. Her death was confirmed by her publicist to Law Newz. Irvine reportedly spent her last moments singing and dancing with her friends with whom she had attended the concert.
Kyle Krasta, a friend of Irvine’s, described her as “a shining light that will not be extinguished by a gutless coward with a gun” in a Facebook post Monday.
“You bought so much joy to others, including me,” Krasta wrote. “You left this world singing & dancing, but far too soon.”
— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) October 2, 2017
LeRocque’s family members confirmed her death to the Boston Globe Monday.
They said LeRocque was a mother, an active member of her local church, and worked for a Cambridge design firm. She attended the concert with her husband and daughter, who were unharmed.
“All I know is someone started shooting and people are running and she got shot in the head,” LeRocque’s grandmother, Carol Marquis, told the Globe. “And we lost a dear, close, good person — one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life.”
— Abby (@abbytheodros) October 2, 2017
Roybal, 28, was a Navy veteran. He served for seven years, from 2005 to 2012, his mother told the New York Daily News after attending the concert with her son.
“I desperately wanted to go back in to find him. Nobody would let me go back in, they were pulling me away. I kept screaming, ‘My son! My son!’ But they said, ‘You can’t go back into the gunfire,’” Debby Allen, Roybal’s mother, told the Daily News.
Allen said the two were in Vegas to celebrate Roybal’s upcoming birthday.
Roybal moved from California to Colorado to help open other Crunch gyms, his boss, David Harman, told the Associated Press.
“He is a guy that could always put a smile on your face … after all the stuff he had been through,” Harman said.
Scweitzer, 20, was reportedly a lover of country music and often helped her parents around the racetrack they own. Her father confirmed her death to Bakersfield Now.
She was a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting. The company’s CEO sent out a statement Monday, saying, “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.”
Infinity held a memorial for Schweitzer Monday.
Tonks, 46, a mother originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, died in the attack Sunday. Her death was confirmed by her employer, tech company Technologent.
“A great mother, colleague and friend, Neysa Tonks,” the Technologent statement said. “She leaves behind three boys – Kaden, Braxton and Greysen. Neysa has brought so much joy, fun and laughter to Technologent – she will be greatly missed by all!”
The company set up a memorial fund for Tonks, which has raised more than $110,000 since it was set up on Monday.
On her Facebook page, Michelle Hodges, one of Tonks’ cousins, wrote, “Because of some selfish GARBAGE human being, our family won’t be able to see our beautiful cousin, Neysa Tonks again… She was a wonderful mom, daughter, sister, cousin, and all around, a good person.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 2, 2017
Parks was a kindergarten teacher in Palmdale, California.
“She was a wonderful teacher,” Westside Union Superintendent Regina Rossall told the San Francisco Chronicle. “She loved her job, she loved her family. She was a teacher who loved coming to school, you could see it in her face. It’s been a very sad day.”
Rossall said Parks’ daughter attended the school where Parks worked.
Kurt Von Tillow
Von Tillow, 55, was shot and killed while attending the concert. Two of his family members who were at the concert with him, his sister and niece, were also shot, though both are expected to survive. His daughter and son-in-law who were at the concert with them were unharmed.
His brother-in-law, Mark Carson, told KCRA that Von Tillow was the “most patriotic person you’ve ever met.”
“Guarantee you, he was covered in red, white and blue, with a Coors Light in his hand, smiling with his family and listening to some music,” Carson said, adding, “He loved to golf, loved his club, loved his family, loved his country… He’ll be really missed.”
Phippen, 56, attended the concert with his son, Travis, who was shot in the arm.
Travis carried his father to a car, he told the LA Times, and Phippen passed away in the hospital.
“He was my best friend,” Travis told the Times. “He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew… We are all kind of in disbelief that it would happen to someone so gentle.”
Bill Wolfe Jr.
— Bob Brooks (@BobBrooks6abc) October 3, 2017
Wolfe, 42, was a father of two and a wrestling and little league coach. His hometown police department confirmed his death Tuesday morning.
Wolfe attended the concert with his wife, who was unharmed, according to The Washington Post.
Heidi Cassner Martin, a longtime friend of Wolfe’s, told the Post he was “just a good guy all around.”
“We ask that you all help us keep Bill’s memory alive through your continued commitment to this League and the youth that Bill impacted on a daily basis,” the Shippensburg Little League, for whom Wolfe coached, said in a statement.
— Jada Montemarano (@JadaMontemarano) October 2, 2017
Beaton died Sunday night after shielding his wife from gunfire.
His son memorialized his father on Facebook, writing, “Lost my best friend. I love you so much more then you could ever imagine. Please watch over our family. You will forever be remembered as our hero!”
Beaton’s father-in-law, Jerry Cook, confirmed Beaton’s death to Bakersfield Now.
“He never passed up an opportunity to give somebody a hand,” Cook said. “He always had a smile on his face. He had countless friends. Everybody that came in contact with him loved the guy.”
Ahlers, 34, was a mother of three. Her father-in-law confirmed her death to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and described her as a “loving, caring and devoted mother.”
“She could have lit the world up with her smile,” her father-in-law, Dave Ahlers, said.
Thomas Allen Day Jr.
Thomas Day Jr.,54. His 4 children with him at the concert. His father says “He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him” pic.twitter.com/Eq90APzmNs
— Carlos (@Cee_Low9) October 3, 2017
Day, 54, died in the shooting, his father confirmed to the OC Register Monday. He had been at the concert with his kids. His father told the Los Angeles Times that his son was “the best dad.”
“That’s why the kids were with him,” Day’s father said. “They’re crushed.”
Day Jr. was a contractor living in Riverside, California.
Duarte, 22, was vacationing in Las Vegas with her family when she was killed at the concert. Her friends confirmed her death to The Daily Breeze.
Durate reportedly recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Westchester and was attending law school at Chapman University.
This post will be updated as more victims are identified.