Las Vegas policeman, Tennessee nurse, California teachers among dead in concert shooting

Las Vegas policeman, Tennessee nurse, California teachers among dead in concert shooting

Las Vegas Sonny Melton
Heather Melton says her husband Sonny Melton shielded her from the gunshots before he was killed. (Photo: Sonny Melton/Facebook)

LAS VEGAS: A Las Vegas off-duty police officer, a nurse from Tennessee and commercial fisherman from Alaska were among at least 59 people killed by a gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival before killing himself.

The following describes some of the victims:


Charleston Hartfield, 34, was the off-duty Las Vegas police officer among those killed, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing people who knew the officer. "He was probably busy helping others," Hartfield's friend Troy Rhett told the newspaper.

"I don't know a better man than Charles." The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which did not identify the fallen officer, reported the death on Twitter.


Sonny Melton, 29, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, saved his wife, Heather Melton, just before he was shot dead, she told WSMV-TV in Nashville.

"He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," she told the NBC affiliate. "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."

Sonny Melton worked as a registered nurse, media reports said.


Las Vegas Adrian Murfitt
Adrian Murfitt. (Photo: Adrian Murfitt/Facebook)

Adrian Murfitt, 35, was a commercial fisherman in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported, which said he was at the concert with his best friend Brian MacKinnon.

The pair was taking a picture and a bullet went through Murfitt's neck, MacKinnon told the paper.


Denise Burditus. (Photo: Denise Burditus/Facebook)

Denise Burditus, 50, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, attended the concert with her husband Tony, WVVA TV in West Virginia reported. She posted a photograph on Facebook just minutes before the gunman opened fire, the NBC affiliate said.


Sandy Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School in California, KGTV in San Diego said. Casey was among a group of Manhattan Beach Unified School District staff, the ABC affiliate reported.


Angie Gomez was an alumnus of a high school in Riverside, California, according to the Southern California News Group. "Riverside Polytechnic High School PTSA confirmed 2015 alumnus, Angie Gomez, was killed in the Las Vegas shooting," reporter Beatriz Valenzuela wrote on Twitter.


Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News. A coworker and friend identified Irvine as a victim to a CBS correspondent.


Jessica Klymchuk, 28, of Valleyview, Alberta in Canada, was a librarian and the single mother of four children, the Globe and Mail reported. It said she was visiting Las Vegas with her fiance.

"She's a very good mother. She's raised four beautiful children," Klymchuk's grandmother Margaret told the paper.


Las Vegas Rhonda
Rhonda LeRocque. (Photo: Rhonda LeRocque/Facebook)

Rhonda LeRocque, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was a wife and mother, devout Jehovah's Witness and worked for a Cambridge design firm, the Boston Globe reported.

LeRocque attended the concert with her husband Jason and their seven-year-old daughter, who were not injured, the newspaper said. "Rhonda would do everything to be the best mom and the best wife she could be," LeRocque's sister, Jennifer Zelenski told the paper.


Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia in Canada, was also killed, the premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, said.

McIldoon was a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice and about to start trade school, CBC News reported, which said he was attending the festival with his girlfriend. McIldoon died in the arms of a woman named Heather Gooze, CBC said.


Rachael Parker was a records technician with the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, where she worked for 10 years, the police department said in a statement. Parker attended the concert with three other off-duty police department employees, police said.


Jenny Parks was a teacher with Westside Union School District in Califonia, KABC-TV in Los Angeles said. "She touched many lives," a GoFundMe page set up for her said. "She leaves behind her husband, Bobby and young children, Bryce and Leah."


Quinton Robbins, 20, of Henderson, Nevada, studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and worked in local government, Newsweek reported.

His aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, confirmed his death in a Facebook post: "He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many."


Lisa Romero
Lisa Romero. (Photo: Lisa Romero/Facebook)

Lisa Romero-Muniz was a secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

In her most recent role, Romero-Muniz offered encouragement and support to students during disciplinary proceedings, the newspaper said. She was described as outgoing, kind and considerate, it said.


Bailey Schweitzer, 20, was from Bakersfield, California, her brother told the Bakersfield Californian newspaper.


Susan Smith. Las Vegas
Susan Smith. (Photo: Susan Smith/Facebook)

Susan Smith, 53, was a school office manager in Simi Valley, California, the Ventura County Star reported, citing a school district representative. Smith was an ardent country music fan and worked at an elementary school for three years, the newspaper said.


Neysa Tonks, of Las Vegas, who worked at Technologent, an Irvine, California-based technology company, was also among the victims, the Los Angeles Times said. She was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe campaign created by Technologent.

"Neysa brought joy, happiness, fun and laughter to so many of us. The senseless tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday has unnessarily (sic) taken her from our community," the GoFundMe page said.

Source: Reuters/rw