Las Vegas shooting: Remembering the fallen

Tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas attack

Men and women murdered by a gunman at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left 58 dead and more than 520 people injured after a gunman opened fire on crowd of 22,000 concertgoers during a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

As the tragic news unfolded throughout the day, families and friends spoke to media outlets to talk about their loved ones.


At least 59 people were killed and more than 520 injured in Las Vegas Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival

Charleston Hartfield

The 34-year-old Charleston Hartfield was an off-duty police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 11 years.

Charleston Hartfield was a Las Vegas police officer. He was one of the 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend.


Hartfield was described as a well-respected and selfless member of the community. The military veteran had a son and a daughter. As a youth football coach, he helped every player to excel, said Stan King, whose son played on Hartfield’s team.

Troy Rhett, another friend, said he knew Hartfield was attending the concert on Sunday. After hearing about the mass shooting, he texted him to find out whether he was safe. Hartfield never got back to him.

Hartfield is named as the author of a book titled “Memoirs of a Public Servant” about his career as a Las Vegas police officer.

Dorene Anderson

Dorene Anderson, a 49-year-old Alaskan, was killed in the shooting, according to her husband’s employer.

Dorene Anderson was from Alaska and was attending the concert with her daughters.


She attended the concert with her daughters.

Her husband, John, worked for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The company’s CEO sent out an email on Monday saying Dorene was killed in the shooting.

Anderson described herself on Facebook as a stay-at-home mom interested in the minor league hockey team, Alaska Aces. She was a member of the Aces’ “Cowbell Crew.”

“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,” wrote Gayle Simmons White, a friend, according to KTUU. “I admired her every action. She was an angel on Earth and will forever walk in our lives.”

Denise Burditus

Denise Burditus, a 32-year-old mother of two and soon-to-be grandmother from West Virginia, passed away in the arms of her husband, Tony.

Denise Burditus was a soon-to-be grandmother and attended the concert with her husband.


“Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”” her husband wrote on social media, according to MetroNews, a radio station in West Virginia.

Just hours before the attack, Burditus posted a picture on social media from the festival, showing herself and her husband smiling as they stood in front of the stage. It was the second time the couple attended the festival. 

Lisa Romero-Muniz

Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48, a beloved high school secretary and advocate for students from New Mexico. She was described as an “incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students” by the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools interim superintendent.

Lisa Romero Muniz was a 48-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a high school secretary.


Muniz leaves behind a husband, children and grandchildren, according to the school district.

Sonny Melton

The 29-year-old from Big Sandy, Tenn., died protecting his wife when the gunman unleashed a hail of bullets, his family told Fox affiliate WZTV.

Sonny Melton was one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival.

 (Facebook via AP)

“At this point, I’m in complete disbelief and despair,” the man’s wife, Heather Gulish Melton, told the station in a statement Monday. “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.”

Melton, 29, was a registered nurse who worked at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., according to his Facebook profile.

On Friday night, Melton posted on the social media site that he was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas with his wife, an orthopedic surgeon.

The couple worked at the same hospital and married in 2016.

“We were the couple that never should have met, fallen in love or had a future together….but life is funny and we believe God brought us together as soul mates,” read their wedding page on the website The Knot. “We have shared amazing times together and nearly unbearable heartaches, but through it all we have grown stronger in our love for each other and our families.”

Jordan McIldoon

Jordan McIldoon, a 23-year-old Canadian, died in the shooting, according to multiple media reports. He was days away from his 24th birthday. A fellow concertgoer, Heather Gooze, wrote on her Facebook page that McIldoon died in her arms.

Jordan McIldoon, left, was attending a country music concert with his girlfriend when he was struck and killed by a gunman.


The man’s parents, who confirmed their son’s death to CBC News, said McIldoon attended the concert with his girlfriend and had planned to return home on Monday.

“We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”

Adrian Murfitt

The 35-year-old Alaska native died during the concert, a family member said Monday. Murfitt worked as a fisherman, and went to Vegas to attend the concert to “treat himself to something nice and fun,” his sister told The Associated Press.

Adrian Murfitt of Anchorage, Alaska, was one of the people killed when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.

 (Courtesy of Avonna Murfitt via AP)

Shannon Gothard described her brother as a man with a hearty laugh and a former competitive hockey player who still dabbled in the game. “His whole life was always around hockey,” she said.

Jessica Klymchuk

Jessica Klymchuk, 28, was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver in Valleyview, Alberta.

From Canada, Jessica Klymchuk, 28, was recently engaged.


“The scope of this tragedy is worldwide, and we are feeling its impact here at home,” the division’s superintendent, Betty Turpin, said in a statement.

A post on Klymchuk’s Facebook page says she got engaged in April, and was in Vegas with her fiancé.

Susan Smith

The 53-year-old was a California resident who worked for the Simi Valley School District since 2001.

Susan Smith worked for the Simi Valley School District. She was married with children.


“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.”

Co-workers learned about Smith’s death from friends who attended the festival with her.

Guidance counselors were made available to students and teachers on Monday. And when students were told, they took part in activities such as writing letters and making cards for Smith.

“It doesn’t sound like much, but it gives kids something to latch on to, to make sure they felt like they were able to help in some way,” she said.

Smith was married with two adult children.

Sandy Casey

The 35-year-old was a middle school special education teacher who attended the Las Vegas concert with her fiancé and a friend.

Sandy Casey, 35, was engaged just five months ago in New Zealand.

 (Burr and Burton Academy)

Casey was an alumna of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., and Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., said Linda O’Leary, a cousin of Casey’s mother who is acting as a family spokeswoman. The family is discussing setting up a scholarship in Casey’s name. She was a special education teacher in California. 

Quinton Robbins

Quinton Robbins, 20, was a University of Nevada-Las Vegas student described as easily-admired. He had a “contagious laugh and smile,” according to his aunt.

Quinton Robbins, 20, was a University of Nevada-Las Vegas student.


“I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul,” the aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, wrote on social media. “Everyone who met him loved him. His contagious laugh and smile.”

“Please also respect their privacy as this is a devastating loss that is incredibly painful for the families,” she added as she asked for people’s prayers.

Angie Gomez

Angie Gomez, 20, was attending the concert with her boyfriend when she was fatally shot.

Angie Gomez graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside, Calif., in 2015.


Her sister, Tawny Finn, told NPR that Gomez didn’t usually attend concerts but loved country music and wanted to attend the festival and stay the additional night to see Jason Aldean perform. Her boyfriend, Ethan, attended the concert with her, Finn said.

“He was just telling me, like, that day at lunch that he was just telling her that he would never want to be with anybody else and how they had plans – when they were going to get married, when they were going to have kids,” Finn said. “Like, they literally were the childhood sweethearts that were going to make it.”

Finn said the family is grateful that Ethan stayed with Gomez after she was hurt and laid on top of her to protect her from additional gunfire.

Gomez was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA in Riverside, Calif.

“She will always be loved and endeared by our Poly Family,” the school wrote on Facebook.

Rhonda LeRocque

Rhonda LeRocque, 41, was described as “one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life” who attended Sunday’s concert with her daughter and husband.

Rhonda LeRocque, 41, attended the concert with her husband and daughter who were reportedly not harmed.


The devastated family confirmed her death to The Boston Globe. Her husband and daughter were not harmed.

“All I know is someone started shooting and people are running and she got shot in the head,” Carol Marquis, LeRocque’s grandmother, told the Globe. “And we lost a dear, close, good person — one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life.”

The woman from Massachusetts was active in her church and worked for a design firm, the Globe reported.

Jennifer Irvine

A San Diego “bubbly, vivacious, pint-sized, aggressive attorney,” Jennifer Irvine, 42, was set to do “good things in her career.”

Jennifer Irving, who attended the music festival with friends, was a “bubbly, vivacious, pint-sized aggressive attorney.”


She reportedly spent her final moments dancing and singing at the concert with her girlfriends, TIME magazine reports.

“Jennifer Irvine, you are a shining light that will not be extinguished by a gutless coward with a gun. You brought so much joy to others, including me. You left this world singing dancing, but far too soon,” wrote Kyle Krasta, a friend of Jennifer’s.

“You made this world a better place simply by your presence. So long, my dear friend.”

John Phippen

A father from Santa Clarita, Calif., John Phippen’s son remains hospitalized after being shot. But Phippen died Monday morning.

John Phippen’s son was also reportedly shot by the gunman at the music concert.


“If you didn’t know John you surely missed out,” family friend Leah Nagyivanyi said on a GoFundMe page for the father. “He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match. You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him.”

Nagyivanyi said Phippen “enjoyed the simple things in life.”

“Even if you were someone he had never met before but were in need, he was there for you,” she recalled. 

Thomas Day Jr.

Thomas Day Jr., 54, was at the festival with his four daughters and his father, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Thomas Day Jr. had attended the festival with family members and friends.


Bruce Abbey, vice president of Portrait Construction, said Day was a construction estimator who lived in Corona. Abbey told the Review-Journal that Day was a “great father” and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Angels.

“He would always stand up for you. He’ll be missed,” Abbey said. 

Austin Davis

A pipefitter from Riverside, Calif., 29-year-old Austin Davis’ death was confirmed by his girlfriend, Aubree Hennigan on Facebook.

Austin Davis, 29, was reportedly in Las Vegas on a guys’ trip.


“My love, I can’t believe this happened. You didn’t deserve this,” she wrote.

Katelyn Hood, a family friend, said the family’s bond “is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

“They raised the best son,” she said on a GoFundMe page set up in Davis’ honor. “He was the man’s man. He worked so very hard and took the most pride in that and anything he did.”

“If he knew [you], he loved you. That’s just how he cared for people,” Hood said.

Davis was reportedly on a guys’ trip, which included Thomas Day Jr., who was also killed during the attack, the Press-Enterprise reported. Berta Garcia, the co-ed director for USA Softball of Southern California, told the newspaper that Day was “like a second dad” to Davis.

“They grew up playing fast-pitch softball together,” Garcia said. “Tom kind of guided him.”

Courtney Belger, one of Davis’ friends, described the young man as someone “you can always ask and know he’s going to come through for you.”

Because he was an avid softball player, Davis’ friends have organized a home run derby for Sunday to raise money for the Davis and Day families. 

Neysa Tonks

Neysa Tonks, 46, originally from Utah, moved to Las Vegas 10 years ago. 

Neysa Tonks was the mother of three boys.


Her brother said: “She was pretty much a single mother who raised three boys. She was a great mom and a great sister and a great friend,” who worked at the IT firm Technologent.

“Neysa has brought so much joy, fun and laughter to Technologent – she will be greatly missed by all,” the company said in a statement.

AJ Yerage told KUTV that Tonks was “always laughing, always joking, always sarcastic.” Tonks enjoyed traveling and providing for her sons, he told the news station.

“How happy and lucky I feel that she was part of my life,” Yerage said. “I can hear her laugh, her voice in my head and my heart right now.”

“I was just proud that I was her brother,” he said.  

Chris Davis, her father, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Tonks was “generous with not only money, but her time as well.” He said she would stuff hundreds of backpacks with supplies in the winter to deliver to the less fortunate.

“What a tragedy to take our beautiful daughter,” Davis said. “We are heartbroken and can’t breathe.” 

Bailey Schweitzer

Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was described as “the ray of sunshine” by her employers.

Coworkers said Bailey Schweitzer, 20, had an “addicting” smile and friendly personality.


“If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed,” wrote Infinity Communications and Consulting CEO Fred Brakeman in a statement announcing the death.

On Monday, the day after the shooting, the company left the lights out where the young woman would normally sit and instead placed a single candle at her desk, according to the Bakersfield Californian.

Katelynn Cleveland, who worked with Schweitzer, said they had communicated just hours before the deadly shooting. The pair talked nearly every day, Cleveland said, especially if one wouldn’t show up for work unexpectedly.

“It’s the phone call I’ve been waiting for. For her to tell me she’s coming home,” Cleveland told the newspaper.

Friends and coworkers described Schweitzer as a country music fan with an “addicting” smile who would often spend her free time at the Bakersfield Speedway race track, which her family owns. 

Rachael Parker

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

Rachael Parker was a police records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

 (Manhattan Beach Police Department via AP)

Parker was among four department employees who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival while off-duty. Another suffered minor injuries.

“She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed,” the department said in a statement.

Jack Beaton

Jack Beaton of Bakersfield, Calif., was killed while covering his wife from gunfire.

Jack Beaton was fatally shot as he used his body to protect his wife from the gunman.


His mother-in-law told KBAX-TV that Beaton was an “incredibly friendly, caring and loving” man.

The news station reported that he was celebrating his 23rd anniversary at the music festival, and when the gunfire rang out, he shielded his wife.

Jerry Cook, his father-in-law, said Beaton covered his wife with his body and “got shot I don’t know how many times.”

“She knew he was dying,” Cook said of his daughter. “He told her he loved her. She told him she loved him, and she would see him in heaven.”

Beaton has two children, Jake and Delaney, according to KBAX.

Victor Link

Victor Link, 52, was living in San Clemente, Calif., his sister told KBAX-TV. He was reportedly killed by the gunman on Sunday. 

Victor Link enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with his fiancee.


Link enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with his fiancée, according to the Bakersfield Californian. The pair had just returned from a trip to Europe before attending the country music festival in Las Vegas.

A loan processor, Link left behind his fiancée, Lynn Gonzales, and his 23-year-old adopted son, Christian.

“He’s just that type of person,” said Vincent Link, his nephew. “He’s such a welcoming person. The kind of guy who’s going to give a shirt off his back who I could always go to for guidance. I’m going to miss him more than I could imagine in this moment.” 

Christopher Roybal

Christopher Roybal, 28, was described as jovial and fun-loving, despite experiencing intense combat during four tours in the Middle East.

Christopher Roybal served four tours in the Middle East, experiencing intense combat.


“He is a guy that could always put a smile on your face … after all the stuff he had been through,” said David Harman, who founded a company that owns the Colorado gym where Roybal worked.

Roybal, 28, worked at Crunch Fitness in Corona and Riverside, California, before he moved at the beginning of the year to help open franchises in Colorado Springs.

“As far as responsibility and discipline and work ethic, there wasn’t any question about him coming on board with us,” said Harman, who has known Roybal for about 4 ½ years. “He was a good hard worker, a grinder.”

Hannah Ahlers

A mother of three from Murrietta, Calif., Hannah Ahlers was one of the victims in Sunday night’s shooting, her father-in-law told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hannah Ahlers was a mother of three.


Ahlers, 34, attended the festival with her husband and other couples. She was fatally shot in the head when the gunman opened fire.

Dave Ahlers, her father-in-law, said she was a “loving, caring and devoted mother” of children who range in age from 14- to 3-years-old.

On her Facebook page, friends remembered Ahlers as a “beautiful person inside and out.” One Facebook friend commented that Ahlers “would publicly declare [her] faith on” social media, something that was striking.

Kurt Von Tillow

Kurt Von Tillow, 55, attended the festival with some family members and was fatally shot. His wife, daughter and son-in-law managed to escape the concert unharmed; his sister and niece were hospitalized but expected to survive, according to KCRA-TV.

Kurt Von Tillow’s family described him as very patriotic.


“My brother-in-law was the most patriotic person you’ve ever met,” Von Tillow’s brother-in-law Mark Carson told the news station. “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.”

A memorial has been erected outside of Von Tillow’s backyard, adorned with an American flag and flowers. During a gathering of friends and family Monday to remember the Californian, the national anthem played.

“He loved to golf, loved his club, loved his family, loved his country,” Carson told KCRA. “He’ll be really missed.” 

Carrie Barnette

Disney employee Carrie Barnette was among those killed Sunday night, Disney CEO Robert Iger announced on Twitter.

Carrie Barnette was a Disney employee.


Barnette, 34, worked at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land in Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., according to People.

“Carrie Barnette has 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. “Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time.”

Iger also took to Twitter to announce the loss of the employee.

“A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many,” Iger said. “Tragic.”

Rachel Steiman, who told the Arizona Republic that she was best friends with Barnette, said her “whole world is devastated.”

“I don’t know how I’m going to get through life without her,” Steiman said.

Barnette’s cousin, Janice Chambers, described her as “the life of the party.”

“Always smiling, happy and upbeat. She spent many recent years caring for my aunt and uncle until they passed,” Chambers recalled. “She was definitely grandpa’s girl…She was also a huge animal lover.”

Stacee Rodrigues Etcheber

The wife of a San Francisco police officer, Stacee Rodrigues Etcheber also died in the Las Vegas attack, the San Francisco Police Department announced.

Stacee Rodrigues Etcheber was the wife of a San Francisco police officer.


“With heavy hearts, the San Francisco Police Department today mourns the passing of Stacee Etcheber,” Chief William Scott said in a statement. “Stacee was taken in a senseless act of violence as her husband, SFPD Officer Vinnie Etcheber, heroically rushed to aid shooting victims in Las Vegas on Sunday.”

Scott said Etcheber, 50, was a mother to two children and a hairstylist in Marin County.

“As we grieve, we ask the public to keep the Etcheber family in their thoughts, along with all of the victims of this tragic incident,” Scott said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Etcheber’s husband had instructed her to run away from the scene while he stayed behind to help injured people.

Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner, 52, was with her daughter, Kayla, at the music festival. Kayla was uninjured, but her mother died during the attack, KABC-TV reported.

Dana Gardner attended the music festival with her daughter.


Gardner has two other children as well, Anthony and Ryan, according to KABC.

“We are devastated and still in shock trying to comprehend what happened last night. My family and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support and ask for prayers at this time,” Kayla Gardner wrote on Facebook Monday.

Gardner had worked at the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s office for 26 years, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

“She had a lot of knowledge. She was a great employee,” Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Bob Dutton told the newspaper. He also described Gardner as a “dedicated public servant” and a “go-to” person.

“Everybody here is still in shock. They’re waiting for [her] to walk through the door,” Dutton said.

Jenny Parks

A kindergarten teacher from California, Jenny Parks was among those killed during the shooting.

Jenny Parks had planned a party for her husband’s 40th birthday next week.


Parks attended the concert with her husband, Bobby, who was shot in the arm and is awaiting surgery on his hand, Jessica Maddin, a family friend said.

Bobby and Jenny Parks were high school sweethearts and have two children together. Jenny Parks helped Maddin start the group, Jessica’s Hope Project, which provides care packages to troops.

Jenny Parks received her master’s degree in education in May, according to People.

Dr. Steven McCarthy, Bobby Parks’ uncle, said Jenny was “absolutely beautiful and very intelligent, had a wonderful sense of humor and was so kind.” He said she loved decorating for holidays and was planning a birthday party for her husband for next week before she died.

“They were the perfect family,” he said.

Bill Wolfe Jr.

Shippensburg Police Department said on Facebook that Bill Wolfe Jr., “has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas.”

Bill Wolfe Jr. was a beloved wrestling and Little League baseball coach from Pennsylvania.


“Please continue to hold our entire family as well as those affected across the nation in your unending prayers,” the department said.

Wolfe was a youth wrestling and baseball coach in the Pennsylvania, according to WHTM-TV. He was in Las Vegas to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary.

“This league is far more than a sports organization. It is a family, and that was so evident by the amount of support shown by our Little Leagues families during this unfathomable time of sorrow,” Shippensburg Little League said in a Facebook post. “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.”

“His family will forever be in our thoughts and prayers,” the league said.

Cory Forrester, the booster club president, remembered Wolfe as “just a good guy.”

“He was a go-to kind of guy, a guy you could depend on, a kind of guy you could be proud to be around,” Forrester told

Erick Silva

Erick Silva, a 21-year-old living in Las Vegas, was part of the show’s security detail and near the front of the stage when the attack began, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Erick Silva worked security at the music festival and tried to save other lives before he was fatally shot.


The newspaper reported that Silva helped concertgoers escape until he was shot himself.

Gina Argento, the office manager for the Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corporation, said Silva worked in security for about three years.

“He was trying to help people get out,” Argento told the Review-Journal. “He was in the front of the stage. He was in front of everything.” 

Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez, a 2014 graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, was among the shooting victims.

Melissa Ramirez was a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield.


“We are terribly saddened to learn that we lost a member of our CSUB family in this senseless act of violence,” said university president Horace Mitchell in a statement. “Our entire CSUB campus community is heartbroken, and we send our deepest sympathies to Melissa Ramirez’s family and friends.”

Ramirez had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She was also reportedly a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family with funeral costs announced her death “with deepest sadness and absolute shock.” 

Brennan Stewart

Brennan Stewart, 30, loved people and country music. He died in the Las Vegas attack as he was shielding his girlfriend from gunfire, his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  

Brennan Stewart, an avid music fan, died shielding his girlfriend from the gunfire.


“His selfless courage is what everyone hopes to instill in their child. Unfortunately he paid the ultimate price for that sacrifice,” a GoFundMe page set up in Stewart’s honor said.

A fan of country music, Stewart’s Facebook page includes many videos of himself singing with a guitar –including one particularly haunting song that has since gone viral. In a video posted on Oct. 4, 2016, Stewart covered the country song “You Should Be Here” by Cole Swindell, a song about the loss of a loved one.

The video has more than 131,000 views and 1,150 shares as of Wednesday morning.

“Brennan made close friends quickly; was loved and will be missed greatly by family and friends, but his memory will live on,” his family said in a statement.

Proceeds from the GoFundMe fundraiser will go toward a “local youth organization centered around the art of music,” it said.

Friends also wore boots in remembrance of Brennan and started the social media campaign #BootsForBrennan. 

Brian Fraser

Brain Fraser, 39, was at the music festival with his family and friends and was headed closer to the stage to hear his favorite song by Jason Aldean when the gunfire began. Fraser was struck and killed.

Brian Fraser was a fan of deep-sea fishing and had just earned his private pilot license.


“He served as my rock and my mentor,” Nick Arellano, Fraser’s stepson, told the Orange County Register. “He became my dad and my father figure. He helped anyone who asked. That’s why people loved and adored him.”

Fraser is survived by his wife and four children.

Arellano told the newspaper that Fraser was a fan of hunting, snowboarding and deep-sea fishing. He also attended church, loved country music and had just received his private pilot’s license.

Fraser was the vice president of sales at Greenpath, the company said in a Facebook post.

“Brian Fraser impacted everyone who crossed his path with his infectious positive energy, his tenacious will to succeed and his willingness to help others,” the statement said. “Our hearts are broken, and the Greenpath family will never forget you, Brian.”

Calla Medig

A waitress from Canada in her 20s, Calla Medig often attended the outdoor country music festival, according to her boss. She was among those gunned down Sunday night.

Calla Medig was a waitress from Canada.


“She was [a] little bit of everything around here, she was kind of a rock and as of Thursday she would have been our newest manager,” Scott Collingwood, her boss, told CBC News. “A lot of us around here have super heavy hearts and we already miss her.”

The Jasper Royal Canadian Legion branch lowered its flag Monday in her memory, according to CBC.

Tara Roe Smith

Tara Roe Smith, 34, was with her husband in Las Vegas for a weekend getaway from their home in Alberta, Canada, according to the National Post.

Tara Roe Smith, a model, was in Las Vegas for a weekend getaway with her husband.


Her aunt, Val Rodgers, confirmed that the mother of two had passed away due to the shooting.

“She was a beautiful soul. She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly,” Rodgers told the Canadian newspaper.

Roe Smith was a model with Sophia Models International for 10 years, the agency said in a statement.

“She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit,” the agency said. “We are saddened, shocked and pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.”

A GoFundMe page asks people to donate money to Roe Smith’s husband, Zach, because “he’s not the kind to ask for help” even though “Zach would give you the shirt off his back, even if you weren’t the kind to ask for help either.”

Roe Smith was also an educational assistant at an elementary school, according to Metro News.

“It has been a challenging time for our Division yet we continue to stand together and support one another,” Foothills School Division superintendent John Bailey said on Facebook. “We have put our crisis response team in place and they will remain as long as is needed to assist students and staff.”

Michelle Vo

Michelle Vo was described by a friend as a “human charging station.” The 32-year-old was known as an avid rock climber, traveler and the person who donated blood every two weeks, according to

Michelle Vo’s coworkers called her an “inspiration.”


“She creates a rapport instantly,” her sister Diane Hawkins told the newspaper. “She’s very bubbly and happy. Just fun. She’s very kind.”

“Everyone that’s met her can’t say enough good things about her,” Hawkins said, adding that Vo would often travel to Washington where she lived to visit with her and her 8-year-old niece.

Cathy Vo, another sister, told KTVU-TV that she was “happy” and was “telling us how much fun she was having” at the concert.

It was her second time at the musical festival, the newspaper reported. She attended the concert with a friend, but the two separated after Vo met a man from Ohio.

Kody Robertson, from Ohio, told the Columbus Dispatch that he met Vo just hours before the massacre. The two laughed and danced together at the festival. Robertson said once he realized that the popping noise wasn’t fireworks but gunfire, he threw himself on top of Vo, who was already shot. He stayed with her and waited at the hospital for hours to find out her fate, he said.

Vo worked with the New York Life Insurance Company and was the producer of the month, according to She had also recently joined the chamber of commerce.

“As a woman myself and as a young woman, [Vo] was an inspiration,” Vivian Ha, a 24-year-old coworker, said. “She was the definition of a boss girl. She was a boss woman.”

“Every good deed we do, we do it a little easier because Michelle taught us how. The responsibility to continue to share her infectious ambition, excitability, and passion for life now lies within all of us,” Vo’s brother-in-law said on a GoFundMe page.

Kelsey Meadows

A substitute teacher at Taft Union High School in California, Kelsey Meadows, 28, was among those who was fatally shot at the country music festival in Las Vegas.

Kelsey Meadows was a substitute teacher in California.


Meadows’ brother, Brad, announced her death in a Facebook post early Tuesday morning.

“My family and I want to take a minute and thank everyone that has been trying to help us locate my sister,” Brad Meadows said. “So it is with an absolutely shattered heart that I let everyone know that Kelsey did not survive this tragic event.”

Meadows was an alumna of California State University, Fresno, and the school announced that it would be lowering its flags to half-staff in honor of her. Meadows received a bachelor’s degree in history from the university in 2011 and a social science teaching credential in 2013.

“We are saddened by this tragic loss of such a promising young life,” Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro said in a statement.

“I am devastated that such a wonderful student and gifted teacher died in this attack,” Dr. Lori Clune, a history professor who was Meadows’ advisor, said. “It is a tragic loss.”

The Taft Union High School has planned a candlelight vigil to honor Meadows and the other victims of the attack. 


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Fox News’ Cristina Corbin, Nicole Darrah, Lukas Mikelionis, Paulina Dedaj, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed.

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