MEET THE 58
On October 1, 2017 the world lost 58 beautiful, innocent souls. We are aware of the sensitivity of this topic and everything we are doing is with that in mind. May these 58 rest in the sweetest peace.
hannah ahlers, 34
Hannah attended Route 91 with her husband of 17 years. Along with her husband, she leaves behind their three beautiful children. Her loved ones remember her as "beautiful, loving, caring, full of joy and could light up a room the moment she walked in. She was her family and friends' biggest fan."
Heather Alvarado, 35
Heather was a devoted mother to her three children, and a caretaker to many others, as she ran her own daycare center. As the wife to a firefighter, she was a strong part of the department’s community.
Dorene Anderson, 49
Dorene attended Route 91 with her husband and their two daughters. Her husband said, “she was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had. We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her.”
Carrie Barnette, 34
Carrie was an upbeat and happy employee of Disneyland’s California Adventure. She leaves behind a long list of family and friends who describe her as “the kind of friend that everybody would want in their life. She was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life.”
Jack Beaton, 54
Jack was at Route 91 celebrating his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife, with whom they share two children. Jack was killed while using his body to shield his wife from the gunfire.
Steve Berger, 44
Steve was not only a highly successful financial planner but also a devoted single parent of three. He was described by his employer as “so nice to everyone & full of life, just the kind of guy everyone wanted to be around.” Steve’s father said he was “a devoted father. You couldn’t ask for a better father and man.”
Candice Bowers, 40
Candice was a single mother of three. A selfless soul, with two grown children, she adopted her third, a 2 year old child, when a relative was in need. Candice’s aunt described her as having “an infectious laugh that came with a wide grin, but she could also be tough as nails and was fiercely loyal.”
Denise Burditus, 50
Denise was at Route 91 celebrating a weekend away with her husband of 32 years. Denise’s husband wrote, “It saddens me to say that I lost my wife of 32 years, a mother of two, soon to be grandmother of five... Denise passed in my arms. I love you babe.”
Sandy Casey, 34
Sandy was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, where she worked for 9 years, dedicating her life to her students. She was at Route 91 with her fiancé. The school district said Sandy was “loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, [and] her devotion to her students.
Andrea Castilla, 28
Andrea was at Route 91 celebrating her 28th birthday with her boyfriend, sister, and a group of their friends. Her boyfriend had plans to propose to her at the concert. In honor of her late mother who passed of cancer, Andrea worked at Sephora to use her craft to help cancer patients feel like their most beautiful selves.
Denise Cohen, 58
Denise attended Route 91 with her boyfriend Derrick, who was also killed that evening. Denise had two children and was a grandmother to two boys. Her son Jeff said, “I feel sorry for all of the people in the world who never got a chance to meet her.”
Thomas Day Jr., 54
Thomas worked as a home builder and attended Route 91 with his four children. His father said of him, “he was the best dad, that’s why the kids were there with him.
Christiana Duarte, 22
Christiana had graduated from the University of Arizona with a business degree, and was working for the Los Angeles Kings. Her friend said Christiana “was incredibly driven, passionate about everyone and everything.”
Stacee Etcheber, 50
Stacee was a mother of two, a wife to a police officer and a hair stylist. The principal of her children’s school said, she “was a really intelligent, beautiful and caring mother. She was well-known for her involvement in the school and PTA, always making herself available to help students and families.”
Brian Fraser, 39
Brian was a loving husband and father of four children. His sister-in-law described him as “a bigger-than-life man taken far too soon.” Brian attended Route 91 with a group of twenty family members and friends. He made his way closer to the front of the stage to see Jason Aldean sing his favorite song when he was fatally shot.
Keri Galvan, 31
Keri attended Route 91 with her husband and a group of their friends. She was a mother of three who worked as a server at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Her sister said of Keri, “her days started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother.”
Dana Gardner, 52
Dana had worked as a deputy recorder for San Bernardino County, where she had been working for 26 years. Dana attended Route 91 with her daughter, who was able to leave the concert unharmed. Her daughter said, “she spent our whole childhood making sacrifices and doing anything and everything she could for us. As we got older and became adults, for the first time in her life she stopped worrying about taking care of us and started to take care of herself... As her children, it was so enjoyable to see her so vibrant and full of life, and that is how we will always remember her.”
Angela Gomez, 20
Angela attended Route 91 with her boyfriend, and was studying nursing at Riverside Community College. Angela was involved in cheer, choir and the Riverside Children's Theatre. Her boyfriend said of Angela, "she was a daughter, she was a sister, she was my life.”
Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40
Rocio was a mother of four - the youngest of which is 4 months old. She attended Route 91 with her finacé and a group of friends. Rocio had been working at California Pizza Kitchen. Her cousin said, “She would always say her greatest accomplishment was being a mother. She was a supermom, always working hard and juggling everything to be the best mom to her 4 children.”
Charleston Hartfield, 34
Charleston was an army veteran, a husband, and a father. He enlisted in July of 2000, and had been deployed to Iraq, serving in a task force that was awarded a presidential unit citation for “extraordinary heroism.” His friend said, “I don’t know a better man than Charles. They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. There’s no truer statement than that with Charles.”
Chris Hazencomb, 44
Chris had been working at Walmart as a checkout host since 2013. Once the shooting began, he used his body to shield his best friend’s wife, saving her life. His mother said he was “a constant helper” and "he was good to everybody. He'd go out on a limb for everybody."
Jennifer Irvine, 42
Jennifer was a dedicated worker to her own law practice which she began in 2011. She attended Route 91 with a group of friends. One of her friends described her as an “outgoing, fun-loving soul who was always surrounded by friends. She was an adventurous person, a very social, loving, caring, inclusive person."
Teresa Nicol Kimura, 38
Teresa worked for the state government and attended Route 91 with a group of best friends, who called themselves “framily”. One of her friends said of her, “oh man, she was the life of the party without having to need all of the attention. If she was in the room, your attention was just drawn to her, because of her smile and her laugh.”
Jessica Klymchuk, 34
Jessica was a librarian and a bus driver for the school her four children attended. She was at Route 91 with her finacé, who was unharmed. An eleven-year-old student at the school said of Jessica, “I'm really sad. Jessica, she was like the kindest person I knew."
Carly Kreibaum, 33
Carly lived on a farm in a small Iowa town with her husband and two children. She had been working at the local Walmart for the past 12 years, and had been promoted to housewares manager. It was said that she was “a wonderful woman. Well-loved by everyone and a fabulous mother.”
Rhonda LeRocque, 43
Rhonda was at Route 91 with her husband and their 6-year old daughter - both of whom were unharmed in the shooting. Rhonda had worked at a design firm in Cambridge for the past 10 years. She was heavily involved in her church and volunteer work. Her sister said of her passing, “My sister didn't do anything. She never hurt people. She was the [kindest] person that I know.”
Victor Link, 55
Victor attended Route 91 with his fiancé, and had one son. He worked as a mortgage broker in Orange County. His son said, “I love you so much Dad, Thank you so much for adopting me. Thank you so much for being the best dad anyone son could ever have. I could type for hours saying how great of a man you were and how everyone loves you so so much.”
Jordan Mcildoon, 23
Jordan was only days away from his 24th birthday, and a month shy of finishing his heavy-duty mechanic apprenticeship. He attended Route 91 with his girlfriend, who said "He taught me how to love and he taught me how to be a good person, he was the love of my life."
Kelsey Meadows, 28
Kelsey was working as a substitute teacher at Taft Union High School, her alma mater, where she worked alongside her mother. The principle of Taft Union said Kelsey was “smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children.”
Calla Medig, 28
Calla had been working at a restaurant as a bartender and server, and had just been promoted to manager when she left for Route 91 with her roommate. Calla’s manager said, “she’s left a huge hole in our hearts, she was an absolutely fantastic lady.”
James “Sonny” Melton, 29
When the shooting began at Route 91, Sonny’s first instinct was to protect his wife. She said, “He saved my life. He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back." Sonny was a registered nurse and worked at Henry County Medical Center - his wife worked there with him as an orthopedic surgeon. A hospital co-worker said of Sonny, “he was a very kind, compassionate, genuine person who lived life to the fullest, and he took great care of our patients.”
Patricia Mestas, 67
Patricia was a huge country music fan and leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pati was recently retired and spent her free time enjoying music, her family, and love of life. “Pati was a firecracker. I never dreamed she’d be taken from us in an instant,” her family friend said. “Our firecracker is gone and now it’s just dark.”
Austin Meyer, 24
Austin attended Route 91 with his fiancé, who surprised him with tickets to the festival. He had recently moved to Reno to attend Truckee Meadows Community College with hopes of opening an auto repair shop after graduation. His sister said, “Austin was a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face, was witty and was always making people laugh.”
Adrian Murfitt, 35
Adrian was a fulltime commercial fisherman. As a break from work, he traveled to Las Vegas with two of his childhood friends to attend Route 91. His friend shared, “I can’t describe in words how thankful and grateful I am to have you show me what a real true gentleman you are. I’ll keep the advice you gave me and I promise to take it as I go through life moving forward… you’ll be kept in a special place in my heart.”
Rachael Parker, 33
Rachael was a records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department, and was off-duty while enjoying Route 91. She had been working for the Police Department for 10 years. “She was just a great, great worker, always happy — definitely had her whole future ahead of her," said Manhattan Beach police spokeswoman. "I’m heartbroken and speechless.”
Jennifer Parks, 36
Jennifer was a kindergarten teacher and leaves behind her highschool- sweetheart- turned-husband, and their two children. The school district, where she worked, said Ms. Parks “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.”
Carrie Parsons, 31
Carrie attended Route 91 with a group of her friends as a “girls trip”. She worked as a manager at a recruiting firm in Seattle. She graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with an arts degree and spent a year studying at the Seattle Art Institute. Her longtime friend said, "She would always say ‘live, laugh, love,’ and she did that.”
Lisa Patterson, 46
Lisa leaves behind her husband and their three children. Heavily involved in the church and the school PTA, Lisa attended Route 91 with a group of moms from church. Her husband, with whom she had been with since she was 18 said, “I just want people to know how special my wife was and how much she loved life and loved helping other people. That was something that really attracted me to her.”
John Phippen, 56
John lost his life when he was using his body to shield strangers, and using his belt as a tourniquet to aid others. He was with his son at the concert, and in his last moments his son said, “He told me that he loved me and he wanted everybody to know how much he loved them.” “He was my best friend,” his son said. “He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew.”
Melissa Ramirez, 26
Melissa was a recent graduate from Cal State Bakersfield where she received her bachelor's degree in business administration. Melissa had been working at a Southern California AAA. “Such a beautiful soul, taken way too soon,” her friend wrote in a Facebook post. “You always made me laugh at work and were such a joy to know and be around.”
Jordyn Rivera, 21
Jordyn was in her fourth year at Cal State Bernadino and had just returned from studying abroad in London. She attended the concert with her mother. “We will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy, and kindness,” said the president of her university.
Quinton Robbins, 20
Quinton was a former UNLV student. He worked running recreational sports for the city, as well as coaching flag football for 5-year-olds, his brother’s flag football team and softball teams. He also coached basketball alongside his dad and uncle at his high school, and was finishing certification to be a full-time coach for the Clark County School District. Quinton’s family has set up a foundation in his honor called Play It Forward on Facebook. Proceeds go to help the two schools with scholarships for students and help recognize students who spread random acts of kindness throughout the school.
Cameron Robinson, 28
Cameron attended Route 91 with his boyfriend, who he recently moved to St. George to live with. His partner has three kids, all of whom Cameron treated as if they were his own. Cameron earned his masters degree in business administration and he worked for the Las Vegas government. He even created a smartphone app for the government's annual conferences. His family and friends set up a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s funeral costs. The page read, “He loved to cook, entertain, run marathons, travel, go camping, boating, and the outdoors in general and above all surround himself with those he loved and others. He is an amazing example to all and brought so much light to those he came in contact with." Cameron spent his last moments in his partner’s arms.
Tara Roe, 34
Tara leaves behind her two young sons and her husband, whom she attended the concert with. She worked as an education assistant and was also a model. Her family friend said, “There are two little boys today that don’t have a mom. There’s a handsome young man who does not have his wife. Our beautiful friends are missing their daughter.”
Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48
Lisa attended Route 91 with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. She was also a mother of three grown children and worked at the local high school. Her co-worker said, “Muniz had a warm personality and a big laugh, always teasing her co-workers. “We were known as the two loudmouths of the office. She knew 90 percent of the kids at this school. She would talk to them like she was talking to her own children. I’d hear her saying,‘I know you can do better than this.’”
Christopher Roybal, 28
Christopher was born in Paramount, California and lived in the area most of his life. He had relocated to Denver, CO for a job opportunity. He attended Route 91 with his mother, Debby Allen, to celebrate his upcoming 29th birthday. Christopher was very patriotic and served In the U.S. Navy from 2007-2012. He served 4 tours in Afghanistan as a military dog handler. Christopher was witty, funny, light-hearted and an all around loving soul. He was truly the life of the party. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was infectious. Christopher loved to sing karaoke and enjoyed all genres of music. Christopher had a deep love for his family, his friends and his wife. He had an incredible bond with his mother whom he thanked for being the man he had become. He is sorely missed and will never be forgotten.
Brett Schwanbeck, 61
Brett attended the festival with his fiancé, the two had plans to marry in January. He was retired truck driver and an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his five children and three grandchildren. His great-niece said, “He was like my little protector. He was just always looking out for me and making sure I had everything I needed.”
Bailey Schweizter, 20
Bailey was working as a receptionist at a software company in Bakersfield. She was at Route 91 with her mom. Her company’s president said, she 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.”
Laura Shipp, 50
Laura moved to Las Vegas five years ago to be with her son, a marine who she raised on her own. The two were at the concert together -they were so close that Laura was a regular at Chilis restaurant every Friday night, where her son worked as a bartender. Laura’s brother said of her relationship with her son,“he just lost the most important person in his life. She was his world and he was hers.”
Erick Silva, 21
Erick was working at Route 91 as a security guard posted at the front of the stage. As soon as the shooting began, he immediately started helping people jump over barricades. Erick had been working for the security company for three years, and even outside of his job was always helping others. “He was very generous. He liked to help other people. So it was only fitting that Silva would spend the last moments of his life helping others.”
Susan Smith, 53
Susan worked as a office manager at an elementary school. She went to Route 91 with a group of friends, and leaves behind her husband and two children. A father of one of the students at her school said, “she was just such a sweet person, she's the one who told me my daughter was accepted here."
Brennan Stewart, 30
Brennan went to Route 91 with his girlfriend and a group of friends. When the gunfire started, he lost his life protecting his girlfriend. Friends and family described him as always being the life of the party. "Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself, including up to the moment he lost his life," read a family statement. "Brennan shielded his girlfriend and helped others to safety."
Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 56
Bo was at the concert with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen, who unfortunately also lost her life. He leaves behind his two sons. Bo had worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a correctional lieutenant. The warden of the correctional center said, “there are no words to express the feeling of loss and sadness regarding Bo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Neysa Tonks, 46
Neysa worked at a technology company, and was the loving mother of three boys. She was a lively personality, and was a strong pillar in her community, frequently working to give back. One of her sons said of his mother, "she lived life like it was her last each day, and she didn't care what anybody thinks."
Michelle Vo, 32
Michelle was insurance agent in Los Angeles, and was described by her sister as a sparkling and adventurous person who relished life. She was constantly craving adventure and wasn’t afraid to do it on her own, recently completing a solo trip to Europe. She attended Route 91 on her own. Her sister said, “she spread joy and laughter everywhere she went. She gave everything 150% including her career and was very successful at it. She loved people. She loved sports and will try anything. She was kind and charismatic. She was full of life. Words cannot begin to describe the pain, utter sadness, and void our family feels as this young angel was abruptly taken from us.”
Kurt Von Tillow, 55
Kurt was an amazing family man, who spent the weekend at Route 91 with several family members. He was described as having a loving personality, and always the one to light up the room. Of his passing, his brother-in-law said, “guarantee you, he’s covered in red, white and blue right now, with a Coors Light in his hand, smiling with his family and listening to some music.”
Bill Wolfe, 42
Bill attended Route 91 with his wife to celebrate their anniversary; he is survived by her and their two sons. Bill served a very active role in his sons lives, working as a youth wrestling and little league baseball coach. “He encouraged his kids to do their best,” said a family friend. “The world has lost another good man, good father and husband. We all mourn with his family. He is in heaven and will watch down upon all of you. Heartbreaking from our family of wrestlers to his. God be with you.”
You may notice we have only included 57 victims. We have removed one due to their family’s wishes.