He 'saved my life and lost his:' Victims killed in the Las Vegas shooting
A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Details began to emerge Monday about some of those slain and the hundreds more who were injured.
Jordyn Rivera (California)
Jordyn Rivera was in her fourth year as a student at California State University, San Bernardino, where she made an impression on everyone from students to the president.
Rivera, 21, was in Las Vegas for Route 91 Harvest Festival when she was shot to death.
University President Tomas Morales said he got to know Rivera last summer in London during a study abroad program.
"As one of her faculty members noted, we will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy, and kindness," he wrote in a message to faculty and staff.
A native of the Los Angeles suburb of La Verne, Rivera was studying health care management. Fellow members of an honor society are now raising money through a gofundme page to pay her funeral expenses.
Austin Davis (California)
Austin Davis, 29, and his parents had a bond "unlike anything I've ever witnessed," Davis's friend Katelyn Hood wrote in an online fundraising post.
He was their only son. As soon as news came that he may have been shot, they headed straight from their home in Riverside, California, to Las Vegas. They waited for 20 hours before learning that he had been killed, Hood wrote.
"They raised the best son," Hood wrote. "He worked so very hard and took the most pride in that and anything he did."
Through Hood, Davis's parents declined to be interviewed.
Davis also leaves behind his girlfriend of nine years, whom he met in high school. He was at the concert with his family friend, Thomas Day Jr., who also died.
Lisa Patterson (California)
A few hours before the shooting, Lisa Patterson called her husband to tell him what a great time she was having with her girlfriends — one of the rare weekends she was not coaching one of her kids' softball teams or volunteering at a school or church event.
Her husband, Bob Patterson, told his wife, a country music lover, to enjoy herself and stay for the last band, assuring her he could get their kids off to school the next morning.
It was the last time Bob Patterson spoke to his wife. After news broke of the shooting spree, he spent the night calling hospitals trying to find her. By 6 a.m. Monday, he and his 16-year-old son, Robert, jumped in the car and drove three hours from their Los Angeles suburb to Las Vegas to find her. His 19-year-old daughter, Amber, drove over from Arizona.
They spent 10 hours searching. Late Monday, Bob Patterson was approached by an official at the Las Vegas convention center, where the coroner's office set up operations to have more space where families could come to identify those who died.
"My children who had been waiting 100 feet outside the room, knew when I came back out that she had died by the look on my face," he said. "My oldest daughter instantly broke down and fell on the ground crying."
Patterson was given his wife's blood-stained purse, her cell phone and wrist band she wore to get into festival, but little information.
Austin Meyer (California/Nevada)
Austin was from Marina, California, currently living in Reno, Nevada as a student at Truckee Meadows Community College earning a degree in Transportation Technologies with the goal of becoming an Automotive Certified Technician.
"Ambitious, smart, and hard working, he had dreams of opening his own auto repair shop after graduation," his sister Veronica Meyer said in a statement. "He was excited to get married and start a family.
"Austin was a joy to be around, he always had a smile on his face, was witty and was always making people laugh. He was passionate about cars, loved sports, basketball in particular, with his favorite team being the Boston Celtics."
The family would like to thank the firefighter and woman from Minnesota who assisted medical aid to Austin.
Austin was attending the festival with his girlfriend, Dana, as a surprise celebrating his 24th birthday and upcoming anniversary. The highlight of the festival for him was seeing Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots.
Nicol Kimura (California)
(AP) -- Nicol Kimura, 38, went to the festival with a group of seven men and women who call themselves "framily" — friends who are like family. She was fatally shot seconds after the gunfire began, said Ryan Miller, a businessman and pastor who is part of the group.
A Southern California native who lived in Placentia, Kimura's survivors include her parents, a sister and the friends who were with her when she died. She was single and didn't have children, but she was treated like family by the kids of group members, Miller said.
"She was a mom to all of our kids; they called her 'auntie,'" he said. "I have two kids myself, and they were just absolutely devastated that they will not be able to see her again."
Kimura worked in a tax office for Orange County and spent most weekends with her friends. No one else in the group was shot.
"She was just such an amazing woman and she was just such a light," he said.
Kurt Von Tillow (California)
(AP) -- Kurt Von Tillow was the "most patriotic person you've ever met," brother-in-law Mark Carson told KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California.
Von Tillow, 55, was at Sunday's concert with his wife, daughter and son-in law, sister and niece, the station reported. The sister and niece were injured and expected to survive, while the other three relatives were unharmed.
Von Tillow likely was smiling and enjoying the music with his family, sipping on a Coors Light and decked out in red, white and blue, Carson said.
A memorial including flowers and American flags has been set up outside Von Tillow's home in Cameron Park, California.
Rocio Guillen (California)
Californian Rocio Guillen was a mother of four — two older boys, and two babies ages 18 months and two months.
Guillen, 40, was fatally shot in the hail of bullets at the Route 91 music festival, according to a statement on a website raising donations for her family.
"She was a hard worker," Marcus Guillen told KNBC in Los Angeles. "She was a fighter, a great mother.
Guillen worked as an assistant general manager at a pizza restaurant, and went to Katella High school in Anaheim.
Erick Silva, 21, was working as a private security guard at the music festival when he was killed while trying to help people get out of the venue safely.
His close friend, Martin Adrian Marin Jr., said he was not surprised Silva died helping others. "He would give the shirt off his back to comfort anyone," Marin said. "He was such a courageous man."
Marin has saved the last text message Silva sent to him that Sunday morning, before going to work at the festival.
"I want to wish you a lovely and productive day," Silva texted. "Just know that I am always here."
Silva would send text messages like that almost daily, Marin said.
"He was always so sweet and generous and caring," he said. "It was not hard to fall in love with his personality."
Brian Fraser (California)
Brian Fraser, a father of four, was moving toward the stage in anticipation of Jason Aldean playing his favorite song, "Dirt Road Anthem," when gunshots rang out.
While others around him ducked for safety, Fraser looked around to try to spot where the shots were coming from, so that he could shield his wife. He died doing just that, his son, Nick Arellano, said.
Fraser's friend ushered their wives and friends to safety before rushing back to perform CPR on Fraser. A doctor and several nurses in the crowd came to help, eventually loading Fraser into a wheelbarrow and taking him to paramedics.
Arellano recounted the story as told to him by his wife, his mother, and family friends. Arellano had been at the concert with them for the prior two days, but chose to head home early, just missing the harrowing scene.
Arellano described Fraser, 39, as "the definition of American," a man who boated, hunted, fished and snowboarded. Fraser married his wife, Stephanie, 11 years ago, adopting Arellano and one of her other children.
The couple had two more children together, now ages 4 and 10. The family lives in La Palma, California.
He worked as vice president of sales for a mortgage company and mentored fellow loan officers around the country.
"He taught me what it meant to be an honest, motivated, driven, loving man to not only family and friends, but even to just strangers, or anyone he came in contact with — just to be a human being to everyone on this planet," Arellano said.
Keri Lynn Galvan (California)
(AP) -- Keri Lynn Galvan was at the Route 91 Harvest music festival with her husband, Justin, when she was killed, sister Lindsey Poole said in a statement. Her husband survived.
"She was senselessly murdered ... while enjoying a night out with her husband and friends," Poole wrote.
Galvan, 31, of Thousand Oaks, California, leaves behind children 2, 4 and 10 years old.
Galvan's days "started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother," Poole wrote.
Chris Hazencomb (California)
(AP) -- Chris Hazencomb, 44, of Camarillo, California, was a big sports fan. His mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, told the Ventura County Star she had him taken off a ventilator at 10:50 a.m. Monday.
Hazencomb was struck in the head while shielding his best friend's wife from bullets, his mother said.
He loved watching professional wrestling on TV every Monday night "even though it's phony," Maryanne Hazencomb told the newspaper. He also loved football and followed the Los Angeles Rams.
Hazencomb was a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School.
Dana Gardner (California)
Dana Gardner was attending the music festival with her daughter Kayla when the gunfire erupted. Gardner was shot and killed; her daughter was uninjured, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
Gardner, 52, of Grand Terrace, California, was a deputy recorder in the San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder's Office. She'd held a job there since 1991, according to David Wert, a county spokesman.
She had two other children, sons Anthony and Ryan, and lived with her little white dog, Ellie.
Gardner loved the outdoors and travelling, filling her Facebook page with pictures from a trip to Puerto Rico and from walks on beaches, or in Northern California's redwood forests.
Michelle Vo (California)
(AP) Michelle Vo, 32, was the youngest of four siblings in a family from the Bay Area.
She worked hard at her job at New York Life insurance group in Pasadena, loved to cheer for the Golden State Warriors and was a pretty good golfer, said sister Cathy Vo Warren.
Warren remembered her sister as someone who always wanted to do good for those around her. "You'd need a poet to tell you everything," said Cathy's husband, Paul Warren.
Born in Southern California, Vo was attending the Las Vegas concert by herself but befriended fellow concertgoer Kody Robertson. The two were together when Vo was shot, and Robertson later helped relatives locate her.
"We're very thankful that we met Kody," Warren said. "We're very thankful for him to be there with Michelle so that she wasn't alone in her last moments."
Denise Cohen and Derrick “Bo” Taylor (California)
(AP) As Jeff Rees thinks about his mom, Denise Cohen, one thing keeps repeating in his head: Her laugh.
"When she would take me to the movies as a kid, I was just waiting to hear her laugh because it would just crack me up," Rees said.
Cohen, 58, and her boyfriend Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56, both died at the Las Vegas concert. Taylor was a lieutenant in the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. He worked as a commander at the Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses inmates that help California fight wildfires.
Rees met Taylor last year, when he traveled to California to visit his mother. The two had dated on and off for several years.
Cohen was a woman who lived life to the fullest and made everyone around her feel their best, Rees said.
"I feel sorry for all of the people in the world who never got a chance to meet her," he said.
Carrie Parsons (Washington)
(KOMO) -- A Seattle woman was among the victims in the deadly Las Vegas shooting.
Carrie Parsons, 31, was on a girls trip to attend the three-day Route 91 Harvest music festival when she was struck by a bullet.
"It's just heartbreaking," said close friend Laura Cooper.
"I woke up yesterday to the news and I just had a bad feeling."
Parsons, who lived in Seattle, was a recruiter, and recently got engaged in Hawaii.
“She would always say ‘live, laugh, love’ and she did that,” said Cooper.
Steven Berger (Minnesota)
(AP) -- Steven Berger, of Shorewood, Minnesota, traveled to Las Vegas as he had many times before with his friends, but this time they would celebrate his 44th birthday.
A fan of country music, Berger and his roommate along with four others were enjoying the Jason Aldean show near the Las Vegas strip when the rain of bullets began from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel.
Mary Berger, 72, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, said her son's roommate called hours later to tell them Steven had been hit by gunfire and collapsed to the ground.
"He tried to go to him but they were trying to get people out of the way," Berger said. He wasn't sure where Steven wound up, she added.
Steven's father, Richard Berger, said the family was notified by the coroner's office in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon that he had died.
"He's our only son," Berger said choking up. "It's terrible. At least now we know. Now we got busy things to do with three grandchildren."
Mary Berger described her son, a father of three, as fun-loving with a serious side and a hard worker. He played basketball in high school and college before he started his career as a financial adviser after graduating from St. Olaf College in 1995.
(AP) -- Andrea Castilla was so happy to be in Las Vegas celebrating her 28th birthday. She was holding hands with her sister while watching the band when they heard yells to "duck!" and the sound of gunshots, her aunt, Marina Parker, wrote on a GoFundMe memorial page to raise money for the funeral expenses.
Her boyfriend, sister and friend tried carrying her to safety while dodging bullets and managed to get her over a fence and to a nearby highway, where they flagged down a passing driver, who took them to a hospital in the back of his truck.
After she was admitted, they were told hours later that she had died, Parker wrote, but the hospital system listed her still as alive because she was confused with another patient.
"It has been tragic for our family with her dad still hoping it was a mistake and she's still alive," Parker wrote.
After the family provided her ID and photos she was confirmed to be among the dead.
"Our entire family is heartbroken," Parker wrote on her Facebook page.
Carly Kriebum (Iowa)
(KMEG) -- According to family members, Carly Kreibaum did not survive the Las Vegas shooting.
Carly Kreibaum and some friends were in Las Vegas and attended the concert, but were separated from each other in the chaos.
Carly's family left for Las Vegas this morning to search hospitals and to see if anyone knows where she may have been taken.
Tara Roe Smith
(AP) -- Tara Roe Smith, 34, of Alberta, Canada, went to Las Vegas with her husband Zach for a weekend getaway.
Her aunt, Val Rodgers, said Smith was among those who died in the music festival shooting in Las Vegas.
"She was a beautiful soul. She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly," Rodgers said Tuesday.
Smith, the mother of two young boys, lived in Okotoks.
(KSNV) -- Laura Shipp passed away following the tragedy in Las Vegas, her family confirmed to KSNV.
"From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank each and every one of you who have thought of our family during these past couple of days," Paris Shipp wrote in a Facebook post. "We were all together last night when we received the news that Laura passed away in the recent, Las Vegas, tragedy. Though we have swung wildly through the entire spectrum of emotions, the one feeling that hits the hardest is the feeling of thankfulness and appreciation."
Heather Warino Alvarado
(AP) -- Heather Warino Alvarado made the three-hour drive from her southern Utah home to Las Vegas to get away for the weekend and take her daughter to a country music festival.
Her daughter was unharmed in the Sunday night shooting, but the 35-year-old Warino Alvarado was one of at least 59 people killed when a gunman opened fire at the concert-goers.
Friends and family received confirmation she had died Monday night from Las Vegas police, according to a news release Tuesday from the Cedar City Fire Department, where her husband was a firefighter.
Warino Alvarado ran an in-home day care center in Cedar City, Utah, and was a devoted wife and mother of three children who was always willing to help others, said longtime friend Megan Jackson Gadd.
"She has made huge impacts on those around her with even the smallest gestures," Jackson Gadd said in a Facebook messenger conversation. "A person like her will never be replaced or forgotten and will be missed dearly every day for the rest of our lives."
The daughter, whose age and identity is being kept private to protect her privacy, is physically OK, she said.
Calla Medig (Canada)
(AP) - A third Canadian is among the dead in a mass shooting at a country music show in Las Vegas.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley extended her condolences Tuesday to the friends and family of Calla Medig from the mountain town of Jasper.
Notley has also extended her condolences to the family of Jessica Klymchuk, who was from the small Alberta community of Valleyview.
Jordan McIldoon, who was 23 and from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was also killed.
Melissa Ramirez (California)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A fifth person with a connection to Kern County was killed in Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.
Melissa Ramirez attended California State University, Bakersfield, according to her Facebook profile. A person on Facebook, identifying themselves as Ramirez's cousin, confirmed the death Tuesday.
Ramirez's Facebook page shows she's from Littlerock, California, and lived in North Hollywood.
Around 60 people were killed when a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. More than 500 were injured, including more than 10 people from Kern County.
Eyewitness News has confirmed that four other people with local connections were killed in the shooting: Kelsey Meadows, Jack Beaton, Bailey Schweitzer and Victor Link.
A former New York Yankee playing baseball in Japan is cutting his season short because his cousin was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Japanese media report that Brandon Laird will leave for the U.S. on Wednesday.
Public broadcaster NHK says Laird's 22-year-old cousin Christiana Duarte was one of the 59 victims.
Laird is a third baseman with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters. He was a contender for this year's home run title with 32 home runs, three behind leader Alfredo Despaigne of the SoftBank Hawks.
He also played for the Houston Astros before coming to Japan in 2015.
Stacee Etcheber (California)
Stacee Etcheber of Novato, California, was listed as missing for hours before her family found got the worst possible news: The mother of two was dead.
At the concert, her husband told her to hide, then to run, as he helped a concertgoer next to him who had been shot, said Al Etcheber, her brother-in-law.
Her husband, Vincent Etcheber, is a San Francisco police officer, and his training kicked in immediately when shots rang out, Al Etcheber said.
He told Stacee and the couple's three friends to protect themselves behind a nearby barrier. Then he told them to run, just before the second round of shots rang out, Al Etcheber said.
He has not heard from Stacee since, and she was not carrying an ID.
"It's been a grueling 15 hours with no information," Al Etcheber said Monday. On Tuesday morning, he posted on Facebook that the worst fears had been realized — she was dead.
Stacee, 50, worked as a hairdresser. Al Etcheber called her a loving wife and great mother who was "tough as nails and just the salt of the earth."
Thomas Day Jr. (Nevada)
Thomas Day Jr. was a big country music fan so there was no doubt when he heard about the Route 91 Harvest he would go to Las Vegas. And he'd take his whole family with him.
"He was just a fun loving boy, a great family man who loved to spend time with his family," said Thomas Day Sr. who spoke on the phone, surrounded by his son's four grown children at his Las Vegas area home. "He is the one who got them all together."
Day, 54, was one of 59 people who shot to death by a man who sprayed the Sunday night concert with bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Day's father said he was at home when he received a frantic telephone call from his grandson and one of his granddaughters. "They were standing right there and they said he and another young man there both took a bullet in the head," said the 75-year-old Day. "Everybody started running for cover and the guy kept shooting."
Day said none of his grandchildren were struck by bullets, and he said that a friend of his son rushed him to a hospital but there was nothing doctors could do.
"His friend said he was still breathing when he got there, the hospital said he wasn't," said Day. "But who knows."
Day said he moved to the Las Vegas area about three years ago after he raised his family in Corona, California, a community just outside Riverside and about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. A builder, he raised his son in his business and watched as his son became a successful and respected builder in his own right.
"He was very well-liked in the Riverside area," his father said.
Struggling to speak about his son, Day mentioned how he "played softball and everything' and how he loved his three daughters and son and his two grandchildren and how Day's children remained close to their father and jumped at the chance to drive to Las Vegas to attend a country music show.
"We always had fun together," he said.
Kelsey Medows (California)
(KBAK/KBFX) — A fourth local person has died from the mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Kelsey Meadows, of Taft, "did not survive this tragic event," her brother Brad Meadows posted Tuesday morning on Facebook.
"... it is with an absolutely shattered heart" that the family shared the news, Brad Meadows wrote.
Bill Wolfe (Pennsylvania)
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (CBS21 News) — The family of Shippensburg Greyhound Wrestling Coach Bill Wolfe has confirmed he is among the 58 people tragically killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting, according to the Shippensburg Police Department.
A statement posted to the police department Facebook page stated:
"It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife Robyn share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas. Please continue to hold our entire family as well as those affected across the nation in your unending prayers. At this time we ask that you respect the families privacy during this horrific time. Thank you."
Family said that Bill was on an anniversary trip in Las Vegas with his wife Robyn, enjoying the music festival, when it turned deadly.
"The sad part is is that his wife and he were separated when it occurred and she has had no word as to what hospital he’s in or what his condition is and the waiting is what’s the most heartbreaking thing for all of the family, for everyone, but especially for her," his aunt Dora Wolfe said.
A vigil was held for Wolfe, and the other victims, on Monday night in Shippensburg.
Denise Burditus (West Virginia)
MARTINSBURG, W. Va. (WJLA) — One of the victims of the Las Vegas massacre was a woman from the Martinsburg area of West Virginia.
Denise Salmon Burditus had attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival for the past three years.
Her husband, Tony, survived the shooting.
About a half hour before the shooting began, the couple snapped a photo together.
Sonny Melton, (Tennessee)
PARIS, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Tennessee man was killed in a mass shooting at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, family confirmed to WZTV.
Sonny Melton, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, was one of at least 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire Sunday night on the crowd of 22,000.
Melton's wife, Heather Gulish Melton, said she is in complete disbelief.
"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," Heather said in a statement to Fox 17 News.
A coworker said the Meltons were in Las Vegas celebrating their first wedding anniversary.
Melton worked as a nurse at Henry County Medical Center, where his wife also works as an Orthopedic Surgeon. Community members also tell Fox 17 that Heather is the team physician for the Henry County High School football team.
Bailey Schweitzer (California)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield woman, 20-year-old Bailey Schweitzer, was killed in Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Her father, Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer, confirmed her death to Eyewitness News.
At least 58 people were killed in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. More than 500 were injured, including a Bakersfield police officer who was struck in the hip by a bullet.
Adrian Murfitt (Alaska)
(AP) -- Commercial fisherman Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was also among the slain, a family member said Monday.
His sister, Shannon Gothard, said the family heard from one of Murfitt's friends who was with him when he died, though they haven't received official confirmation about his death.
Asked if the family was holding out hope that he made it after all, she said, "No. No."
Gothard described her brother as a man with a hearty laugh, a former competitive hockey player who still dabbled in the game.
"His whole life was always around hockey," she said.
After graduating from high school, he became a fisherman, picking up odd jobs in the offseason.
He had just come off an extremely successful fishing season when he made the trip to Las Vegas with some good friends, Gothard said.
Her brother "was happy to pay some things off and had made some really good money and decided to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun," she said.
Dorene Anderson (Alaska)
Dorene Anderson was the second person from Anchorage, Alaska, confirmed killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas, her husband's employer said Monday.
Anderson's husband, John, works for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The CEO of that organization sent an email to employees Monday informing them that Dorene had been killed in the shooting.
Anderson described herself on her Facebook page as a stay-at-home wife and mother whose outside interest was a passion for the Alaska Aces, a minor league hockey team that recently disbanded and was sold to the parent company of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. She had been a member of the Aces' "Cowbell Crew."
Stacy Shubert, the director of governmental relations and public affairs for the corporation, told The Associated Press that the family has requested privacy.
Lisa Romero (New Mexico)
(AP) -- Lisa Romero, a high school secretary from Gallup, New Mexico, was an "incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students," the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools interim superintendent said Monday.
District officials confirmed to reporters on Monday that Romero, 48, died sometime after a 64-year-old man fired multiple weapons.
"Last night during the mass shooting in Las Vegas we lost one of our staff members," interim superintendent Mike Hyatt wrote to employees. "Lisa Romero, discipline secretary at Miyamura (High School), was a victim in the shooting. Our prayers go out to her family during this tragic time."
Survivors included Romero-Muniz's husband, children and grandchildren, Hyatt said. Officials announced a candlelight vigil in honor of Romero-Muniz set for Monday night.
Susan Smith (California)
(AP) -- Susan Smith, 53, a resident of Simi Valley, California, near Los Angeles, had worked for the local school district since 2001 as the office manager at Vista Elementary School.
"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."
Finch said the school district learned about Smith's death from friends who had been with her at the music festival. She said when teachers and other staff members in the district and at the school arrived early Monday morning, most of them had not yet heard that Smith was among those who were killed.
She said counselors were dispatched to the school to talk to both staff members and students 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.
She said Smith was married with two adult children, adding that Smith's love for country music was well-known.
Rachael Parker (Nevada)
(AP) -- Rachael Parker, a police records technician, was shot and ultimately died in the hospital, the Manhattan Beach Police Department said.
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.
Jessica Klymchuk and Jordan McIldoon (Canada)
(AP) -- Two Canadians, a mother of four and a man just days away from his 24th birthday, were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire from a 32nd- floor hotel room on a large crowd gathered across the road at an outdoor country music festival Sunday night.
Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alberta and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, were those who died Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Klymchuk, 28, was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St. Stephen's School, said the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division.
"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 fiance.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement Tuesday Jordan Mclldoon, a 23-year-old mechanic's apprentice from Maple, Ridge, British Columbia was among those killed.
"We only had one child," Al and Angela McIldoon, told the CBC. "We just don't know what to do."
Horgan offered condolences and says flags will be dropped to half-mast on the province's Parliament buildings and on government buildings in Maple Ridge.
Sandy Casey (California)
(AP) -- Sandy Casey, a middle school special education teacher from Manhattan Beach, California, was killed in Sunday night's attack, the school district said.
"This is unbelievably tragic and sad," Mike Matthews, superintendent of the Manhattan Beach School District, wrote in a Monday morning letter to the district. "This loss is impacting many of our staff members deeply."
Casey, 35, is an alumna of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, and Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, said Linda O'Leary, a cousin of Casey's mother who is acting as a family spokeswoman.
Casey was at the Las Vegas concert with her fiancé and a friend, who were not injured, O'Leary said. Most of Casey's extended family lives in Vermont, she said.
"They're receiving a lot of support and love, the best you can do with an unbelievable tragedy," she said.
The family is discussing setting up a scholarship in Casey's name.
Jenny Parks (California)
(CNN Newsource) -- Steven McCarthy has confirmed to CNN that his nephew's wife, Jenny Parks, was one of dozens killed.
Parks was a mother of two and a kindergarten teacher for the Lancaster School District in California.
She attended the country music festival with her husband, Bobby.
Jack Beaton (California)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A second person from Kern County is confirmed to have been killed in Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.
Jack Beaton's death was confirmed directly to KBAK/KBFX by his mother-in-law.
Laurie Beaton was at the festival with her husband Jack celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary when they heard what sounded like firecrackers. Like everyone around her, she was looking around to see who was lighting them when she felt something like air rush past her arm.
"I've never experienced gunshots but when I felt air go right past my arm I told my husband, 'I don't think that's fireworks,'" she said in a telephone interview from her home in Bakersfield, California.
"He told me, 'Get down, get down, get down,'" and put his own body on top of hers for protection, she said. "He told me, 'I love you, Laurie' and his arms were around me and his body just went heavy on me."
Suddenly, she knew her husband had been shot. "I screamed his name and he wasn't answering me, there was a lot of blood," she said.
Another man, someone who told her he was a nurse and an EMT, ran up and told her to put her husband on his side. Helping, she saw blood and heard her husband struggling to breathe.
As quickly as the shooting stopped it started again and now, with lights on, the man told one of the husband's friends who attended the festival with them to take the women to safety.
"So we ran," she said.
Later, friends told Laurie Beaton wasn't on the ground anymore. "He had been moved so we were optimistic that he'd received help,' she said.
Calls to hospitals in search of Jack Beaton turned up nothing. Eventually she called the coroner's office, which said her husband was among the dead.
On Tuesday morning she was back home, trying both to comfort a 20-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter who had just lost their father and be comforted by them.
Beaton said her husband, a 54-year-old construction worker, wouldn't want much said publicly about his death. But she wanted people to hear how he had protected her, just as he always had done.
"I knew every day that he would protect me and take care of me and love me unconditionally, and what he did is no surprise to me, and he is my hero," she said.
Chris Roybal (Nevada)
(KSNV) -- Veteran Chris Roybal was at the concert celebrating his Oct. 9 birthday.
He died following a gunshot wound to his chest, his mother confirmed to KSNV.
Charleston Hartfield (Nevada)
(AP) -- Off-duty Las Vegas police officer and youth football coach Charleston Hartfield was among those killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, two of his friends said.
Hartfield, 34, was known as a selfless, respected leader who brought out the best in his players, said Stan King, whose son played football for Hartfield.
Troy Rhett, another friend of Hartfield's through football, said he knew from social media that Hartfield was attending the Sunday concert. When he heard about the shooting, he texted him, hoping to learn Hartfield was safe. He never heard back, and Rhett said he learned through another friend Monday morning that Hartfield had died.
Hartfield, who also went by "Chuck" or "Charles" or even "Chucky Hart," was also a military veteran and leaves behind a son and a daughter, Rhett said.
Hartfield is also listed at author of a book titled "Memoirs of Public Servant" about his time as a Las Vegas police officer.
Neysa Tonks (Utah/Nevada)
(KATU) -- One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting was born and raised in Utah and had a lot of family and friends in the state.
Neysa Tonks, 45, was at the Jason Aldean concert Sunday when a gunman rained down bullets on the crowd. Tonks was killed.
On a plane en route to Las Vegas Monday afternoon, Tonks' brother, AJ Yerage, told KATU reporter Daniel Woodruff about the mother of three boys who lost her life.
"How happy and lucky I feel that she was part of my life," said Yerage, who lives in Salt Lake City and was with his father on the way to help identify his sister. "I can hear her laugh, her voice in my head and my heart right now."
Yerage said Tonks was born in Utah and raised in the Salt Lake City area before moving to Las Vegas at least 10 years ago. He said she sold software and had a successful career.
Tonks had quite a bit of family still living in Utah, Yerage said, and she saw them regularly. He said his sister loved to travel with her three boys and made a good life for them.
With tears in his eyes, Yerage said he couldn't believe what had happened and was still trying to process everything.
"I was just proud that I was her brother," he said.
Victor Link (California)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man who grew up in Shafter was among those killed in Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Victor Link was killed by the gunman targeting the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, his sister told Eyewitness News.
Link no longer lived in Kern County -- he was living in San Clemente. But, he graduated from Shafter High School in 1980, his sister said.
Angela Gomez (California)
A 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School in California, Angela “Angie” Gomez, has been identified as one of the victims of the shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that one of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Poly High School,” the Riverside Unified School District posted Monday on Facebook.
Jennifer Irvine (California)
Kyle Kraska, the sports director for CBS News 8 in San Diego, told The Washington Post he had been friends with Jennifer Irvine for 15 years.
She went with several girlfriends to the country music festival in Las Vegas, Kraska said.
"They were holding hands, they were dancing, they were singing," he said.
When the shots rang out the group all fell to the ground, Kraska said. When the other women looked around, they realized Irvine was not moving.
Rhonda LeRocque (Massachussetts)
Rhonda LeRocque and her husband, Jason, attended Vegas’s Harvest Festival with their 6-year-old daughter.
Now, the family is mourning a woman who “was everything to everyone,” Gloria Murdock told The Washington Post.
John Phippen (California)
John Phippen attended the festival with his son, The Washington Post reported.
When the shots rang out, the medic shielded his child's body and "saved his life," his friend Thomas Polucki said.
Quinton Robbins (Nevada)
The 20-year-old Quinton Robbins attended the Jason Aldean concert Sunday night with his girlfriend, The Washington Post reported.
His grandmorther Gaynor Wells promises the avid athlete will be remembered as "just a jewel."
Friends of Brennan Stewart confirmed to KSNV that he was among those killed Sunday.
They had been searching for him most of the day, they said.
Cameron Robinson (Utah)
(KUTV) -- A Utah man was among those killed in Las Vegas Sunday night in a mass shooting.
Cameron Robinson lived in Cedar City but worked for the city of Las Vegas and was there with his boyfriend at the country music concert when a gunman sent a volley of bullets into the crowd.
Robinson's boyfriend was also injured in the shooting, taking shrapnel to his back, but is expected to survive, according to Robinson's sister, Meghan Ervin.
Victims injured or unknown:
Danae Gibbs (Texas)
(AP) -- Danae Gibbs has always been a huge fan of country music concerts, said her friend, Jennifer Draper of Cedar Park, Texas, and she was thrilled to be at the concert.
Draper wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Gibbs, 23, who recently graduated from Texas Tech University of Lubbock, was shot at the concert in Las Vegas and is recovering.
Draper started a GoFundMe page to help Gibbs and her family with the medical expenses. On the page is a photo of Gibbs wearing a graduation cap and red Converse sneakers, jumping in the air with a huge smile in front of her university.
"Danae is a strong young woman and I firmly believe she will make it through this long road to recovery!" Draper wrote. "She is a woman of strong Faith and has hundreds of people praying for her! We love Danae and cannot wait to see her!"
Rob McIntosh (Alaska)
(AP) -- Real estate agent and father of three older children Rob McIntosh, 52, of North Pole, Alaska, was near the front of the stage with friends when the shooting began, according to friend and real estate broker Mike Vansickle. He was hit repeatedly but survived, Vansickle said.
"From just getting off the phone with the family, he took three bullets to his body," said Vansickle. "He just came out of surgery, and he's going to make it."
In a personal note on his real estate website, McIntosh describes himself as enjoying the outdoors in Alaska, where he also operates a business called Santa's Fireworks.
"Whether I'm fishing, snow machining, hunting, steel welding or building my own home or cabin; I stay active all year round," McIntosh wrote.
Vansickle described McIntosh as being strong.
"He's been though lots of adversity," said Vansickle. "He'll get through all this and come out with some stories to tell."
Michael Gracia (California)
(AP) -- A four-year veteran of the Ontario, California police department was shot in the head during Sunday's shooting, Ontario Police Sgt. Jeff Higbee said.
Officer Michael Gracia was injured, as was his girlfriend.
"He's always real personable, upbeat, a real friendly guy," Higbee said.
Karessa Royce (Nevada)
Karessa Royce, a 22-year-old Las Vegas local, was rushed to an ambulance by a friend after she was shot in the shoulder, said Marissa Nino, her cousin who is acting as a family spokesperson.
Royce, a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is in the intensive care unit following surgery for a collapsed lung. She is expected to survive, Nino said. Royce had no identification on her at the concert, so it took the family some time to locate her, Nino said.
Royce is one of five children and is studying hospitality.
Royce's friend "definitely saved her life," Nino said. Royce cannot speak, but her friend shared what happened with the family and has been in the hospital by Royce's side since, Rios said.