A Tennessee man died while shielding his wife from bullets during the mass shooting in Las Vegas.USA TODAY
Anyone who has students attending Westfield High School no doubt heard about the issues that took place over October 12 and 13, 2017. The problem is that very few people heard the correct story, or for one reason or another chose an incorrect version of events over one based more in fact. For those unfamiliar with the events of October 12 and 13 this is what happened:
Early on Thursday morning, October 12, a student at Westfield High School was overheard in a classroom making a “threat”. A short time later this was made known to the school administration through the online anonymous tip line. The word “threat” is put in quotation marks because as soon as this information was brought to the administration, school officials and the Westfield Police determined immediately that although an inappropriate statement was made by a student, it was in no way a credible theat. The student was addressed by the staff and removed from the school. This happened so quickly there was no need for a lock down or even a shelter in place. Enter Social Media.
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The worst mass shooting in US history has seen at least 59 people killed and 527 injured as concertgoers in Las Vegas were shot dead by a gunman thought to be Stephen Paddock.
On Monday, families, friends, co-workers and neighbours shared stories about some of those killed and the hundreds more who were injured. This is what we know about the victims whose names have been released.
- Sonny Melton, 29
- Jordan McIldoon, 23
- Jessica Klymchuk, 28
woman killed in #VegasAttack identified as Jessica Klymchuk. She was a single mother of 4, visiting Vegas with fiancé.
Jessica Klymchuk lived in Valleyview, Alberta, and was a single mother of four. She was visiting Las Vegas with her fiancé when she was killed, according to CityNews Edmonton
- Adrian Murfitt, 35
Anchorage native Adrian Murfitt had just finished a summer of commercial fishing in Chignik, Alaska, his mother, Avonna Murfitt, told Alaska Dispatch News.
She told the publication her son was shot in the neck and “apparently, a fireman and a doctor both came over and did CPR on him, but he didn’t make it.”
Adrian Murfitt, 35, Alaska
For Adrian Murfitt, the country music festival was a group celebration after a successful fishing season off the Alaskan coast.
His sister, Shannon Gothard, said Murfitt was every bit the Anchorage native — he played hockey “since he was just a little tot” and would spend months at sea as a commercial fisherman. Gothard said her brother was even talking about going in with a friend to buy their own boat.
That all came to an end Sunday night when a man opened fire and Murfitt, 35, was shot in the neck while he stood near the stage. Gothard said the family was reeling, and she struggled to describe the kind of person he was.
“He was my brother, so of course I thought he was an arrogant little cuss,” she said, struggling to laugh. “But only I can say that cause he’s my brother. He had this big, jovial, goofy laugh. He’d always try to do the right thing. He had a big heart.”
- Charleston Hartfield, 34
Known as “Charles” or “Chucky,” Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield was also a military veteran who coached youth football.
A friend described him as “seriously one of the nicest guys ever” and “the most true-blue American guy I’ve ever met” to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Rachel Parker
Manhattan Beach police records tech Rachel Parker confirmed killed in Las Vegas mass shooting.
Rachel Parker was a police records technician and had worked with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years.
- Angie Gomez
It is with deepest sadness and absolute shock that we mourn the loss of Poly Cheer Alumni, Angela Gomez. Angie was a member of the Class of 2015. She was a cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit. Angie’s life was cut short when she succombed to injuires sustained in the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting. This senseless act of violence has rocked our Poly Cheer and Song family. We are establishing this GoFundMe account to assist her family in making burial arrangements and taking care of all the needs they may have in the days and weeks to come. All monies raised here will be given directly to the Gomez family. Most of all, please raise this family up in prayer. Keep them in your thoughts and celebrate the life of a young woman who has gone home too soon. We love you, Angie.
Angie Gomez, who graduated from California’s Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015, has been identified by her former school’s PTSA as one of the victims.
“Please join me in lifting her and her family up in prayer. She will always be loved and endeared by our Poly Family,” a post on the school’s Facebook page read.
- Denise Burditus
Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was attending the concert with her husband, Tony, when she was fatally shot.
Her husband wrote on Facebook that his wife died in his arms.
“It saddens me to say that I lost my wife of 32 years, a mother of two, soon to be grandmother of five this evening in the Las Vegas shooting,” read the post, which was obtained by the West Virginia MetroNews.
Denise had shared a number of photos of her and her husband enjoying the three-day Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, including in the hours before the shooting. View image on Twitter
Denise Chambers, who said she was friends with Burditus and her husband throughout high school in Hedgesville, West Virginia, described the couple to HuffPost as “high school sweethearts” who were “very much in love.”“They were very active and full of life. Traveled around the country, took cruises, lived in different states and just recently moved back home to the Martinsburg West Virginia area,” Chambers wrote. “They took off to Vegas for the Music Festival when this horrific incident took place.”
- Jenny Parks
JUST IN: Kindergarten teacher, Jenny Parks, among those killed in deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas
Jenny Parks was a kindergarten teacher. Her husband and high school sweetheart Bobby Parks was also shot and wounded at the concert. The couple had two children. Friend of the couple Jessica Maddin has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Bobby Parks. She said: “It breaks my heart. People go to concerts to have a good time, connect with others and escape the tragedies of this world.”
- Christopher Roybal, 28
Meet 28 year old Chris Roybal who died last night in Las Vegas. He heroically served our nation in Afghanistan. He made it home from war but not from the senseless gun violence on our streets.
Christopher Roybal was an Afghanistan veteran who was mourning a friend who was killed there. He adopted a dog sniffing dog who served alongside him in Afghanistan. He worked at a fitness company whose boss David Harman said: “He was the guy who if your car broke down in the middle of the night, you could call him and he would come help you.”In a Facebook post from July, he described the experience of coming under fire in combat. It ends: “What’s it like to be shot at? It’s a nightmare. No amount of drugs, no amount of therapy and no amount of drunk talks with your war veteran buddies will ever be able to escape. Cheers boys.”
- Susan Smith, 53
Susan Smith was a beautiful soul & my friend when I spent a month in the office for my broken wrist. Your kindness will not be forgotten
Susan Smith was an officer manager at an elementary school in California.
“Susan was wonderful with the kids and the staff and was an integral part of the school community here,” Jake Finch, the public information officer for the school district, told the Associated Press.
“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.”
- Sandy Casey, 35
Sandy Casey, a 35-year-old special education teacher from SoCal, was there with colleagues. She didn’t make it home.
Sandy Casey taught special needs children in Manhattan Beach, California. Her death was confirmed by the school district. The school superintend wrote: “This is unbelievably tragic and sad. This loss is impacting many of our staff members deeply.”
- Quinton Robbins, 20