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Las Vegas shooting: The stories behind the victims of the massacre

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The innocent faces of those whose lives were cut short by the Las Vegas shooting massacre. Photo: Facebook
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Many young faces have emerged among images of the 59 victims who died after a lone gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas.

The attacker, named as 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock, shot and killed himself as police burst into his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

More than 20 firearms were found in the room, as well as a hammer which was used to smash the windows.

The Las Vegas victims’ fund has already received more than $US2.1 million to provide relief and financial support to the victims and their families.

Sonny Melton, 29

Just before he died, the Tennessee nurse “saved my life,” his wife Heather said of the moment bullets began raining down at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

Sonny Melton
Sonny Melton. Photo: Facebook

“He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she told a local radio station.

“I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

In a statement on her Facebook page, Heather said she had lost her “true love and knight in shining armour”.

“I’m in complete disbelief and despair,” she wrote.

“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.”

Angela Gomez, 20

The cheerleading community has created a memorial fund in the Riverside woman’s honour, with all money raised to be given directly to her family.

“It is with deepest sadness and absolute shock that we mourn the loss of Poly Cheer Alumni, Angela Gomez,” a memorial fund statement read.

Angela Gomez
Angela Gomez. Photo: Go Fund Me

Known by friends and family as “Angie”, she was described as a “cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit”.

“Angie’s life was cut short when she succumbed to injuries sustained in the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting,” the statement continued.

The Riverside Unified School District announced “with heavy hearts” the tragic news on its Facebook page.

“Poly High staff remember Angela Gomez (also known as Angie) as a ‘fun-loving young lady with a great sense of humour’,” it read.

“They say she loved the stage and participated for many years with Riverside Children’s Theatre, as well as being involved in her middle and high school choirs.

“Angie was a hard-worker who always challenged herself academically, and after graduation she went on to attend classes at Riverside Community College.

“Angie was a loyal friend who loved her family and will be forever missed by all who knew her.”

Hannah Ahlers, 34

Hannah Ahlers
Hannah Ahlers. Photo: Facebook

The Californian mother of three was fatally shot in the head at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, her father-in-law Dave Ahlers confirmed.

The Las Vegas Review journal reported that Dave said she had travelled to Las Vegas for the festival with her husband, Brian, and three other couples.

He described Ahlers as a “loving, caring and devoted mother” who ran her kids around from soccer practices to school events: “She could have lit the world up with her smile.”

The pair’s children are aged 14, 11 and three.

Quinton Robbins, 20

Mr Robbins from Henderson, Nevada, was described by an aunt as a “truly amazing person … with a contagious laugh and smile”.

“With an incredibly heavy heart, my sweetest nephew has passed away. He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him, loved him,” she wrote in a public statement on Facebook.

Quinton Robbins
Quinton Robbins. Photo: Facebook

“He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.

“So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul.

“I, and your entire family will miss you so much every day. Always we’ll be thinking about you.”

His uncle shared a photo of a much younger Mr Robbins on Instagram: “Early this morning I lost one of my only two nephews to some evil in this world,” he wrote.

“This kid was seriously the perfect kid! Had no enemies and treated my kids – his cousins – better than anyone.”

These are just four of the 59 people who have been confirmed dead by loved ones, as authorities are yet to confirm fatalities.

Several among the 527 injured remain in a “critical” condition.

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