THE CITY TOO BUSY TO HATE.
BECAUSE WE'RE TOO BUSY LOVING AND LEARNING.
YOU CAN BE TOO.
IN THE '50s and '60s ...
Atlanta was dubbed “The City Too Busy To Hate," under the leadership of mayors William B. Hartsfield and Ivan Allen Jr. Today, we seek to continue Atlanta’s decades-old commitment by standing up against intolerance and hate in all its forms. In the current political and social climate, we believe it is important to proclaim, as a city and community, that all individuals are deserving of love, hope, and protection. We have designed an art installation to stand testament to our commitment to create a world in which everyone is welcomed and celebrated. Installed on the historic corner of 10th & Piedmont, hearts on the wall have been filled by the name of a person or group that we love and will always be too busy to hate.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
PRIMA PRINTING, KEYLAY DESIGN, 10th & PIEDMONT and RAINBROS
- Eric Thornton and Benjamin Nave
- Harry Thompson
- Fred Smith
- Zak Taylor and Dan Winship
- Steven Cayton
- John Saindon
- Fleming Patterson and Blair Cross
- James Nelson
- Ken Thaxton
- Colton Griffin
- Drew Kreuzman
- John Murphy
- Chuck DeLozier
- Josh Roberts
- Kyle Strahl
- Chad Sims
- James Brian Yancey
WE HONOR THE WORK OF LOCAL CHARITIES - DONATE TODAY
WE REMEMBER ATLANTA ACTIVISTS WHO PROMOTE LOVE AND EQUALITY
SPECIAL THANKS TO: DAVE HAYWARD AND TOUCHING UP OUR ROOTS FOR PROVIDING THIS HISTORY
The late British Sterling: African American Performer and Community Supporter
British Sterling was a drag queen and a male performer as well, awarded Miss Gay Atlanta in 1971. He and Klaus Smith were killed in an invasion of their home in October 1972.
The late Jack Nichols: Early Gay Activist and Crusading Journalist
Jack Nichols marched with Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society in the 60s, founded the first gay newspaper GAY with his late partner Lige Clarke, and later held court in Atlanta and contributed to the Atlanta gay magazines and newspapers.
The late Klaus Smith: Co-founder of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front in 1969
Native Atlantan Klaus Smith helped start Pride here in 1969, and accompanied Berl Boykin and the late Bill Smith to their July 14, 1971 meeting with then Governor Jimmy Carter, failing to stir Carter to support basic lgbt rights. He and his roommate British Sterling were killed in an invasion of their home in October 1972.
RU PAUL: Atlanta and Now Entire World Superstar Icon
Transplanted Atlantan Ru Paul got his start here, performing on local TV and in clubs, and starring as Riff Raff (not Frankenfurter!) in the Theatrical Outfit production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Ru segued to the Big Apple, and the rest is history.
Chris Coleman: Co-founder of Actors Express
Native Atlantan Chris Coleman co-founded Actors Express and starred in "The Harvey Milk Show" for the 1996 Cultural Olympiad of the Olympic Games. Now Artistic Director of the Portland, Oregon Center Stage, Coleman returns to Atlanta in March for a remount of "Harvey Milk."
Harold Leaver: Co-founder of Actors Express
Actor Harold Leaver started Actors Express with Chris Coleman, and continues to star every year in the Horizon Theatre production of the David Sedaris Christmas show.
Judy Kolbs: Supreme LGBT Ally and Leader of Atlanta PFLAG
Judy Kolbs lead Atlanta Parents and Friends and Families of Gays and Lesbians for 20 years, and made PFLAG a public advocacy force.
Representative Karla Drenner: First Openly LGBT Person Elected to the Georgia State Legislature
Karla Drenner made history when she became the first open lesbian elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1990, representing Decatur, and has served in the General Assembly ever since.
Senator Vincent Fort: African American Legislative Ally Supreme
Senator Vincent Fort has long been a staunch ally of our community, and succeeded in passing a hate crimes law for the state of Georgia, only to have it overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.
Julie Rhoad: CEO of the international Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
Longtime Atlantan Julie Rhoad hosted the LGBT Welcome Center for the 1996 Olympic Games, and then went on to become head of the Quilt, after it relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta.
Cheryl Summerville: Accidental LGBT Activist
Cracker Barrel cook Cheryl Summerville didn't know what she was getting into when Cracker Barrel started firing its LGBT waiters. When they fired her, she became leader of the Queer Nation protests against Cracker Barrel, a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, and featured in the documentary "Out at Work."
Craig Washington: African American Public Health Advocate and Community Leader
Craig Washington has served as a public health advocate and AIDS educator for decades, and also leads the Audre Lord - Bayard Rustin LGBT breakfast every Martin Luther King Day.
Leo Hollen: African American Gay Filmmaker
Leo Hollen is co-director of the recent documentary "Queer Moxie" about the evolution of the Atlanta community and its drag queen and drag king performers.
Cathy Woolard: First Openly LGBT Person Elected to Office in Georgia
Cathy Woolard finally broke through for all lgbt people in winning elective office to the Atlanta City Council in 1997, and then becoming the first lesbian to be president of the Atlanta City Council. Currently she is running for Atlanta Mayor.
Reverend Duncan Teague: African American Public Health Educator and Community Leader
Reverend Duncan Teague wears many hats, as a minister, public health worker, iconic activist, and performer with Adodi Muse music troupe.
Reverend Erin Swenson: First Mainstream Minister to Transition and Keep Her Ministry
Reverend Erin Swenson made history when she became the first mainstream minister to transition and to stay a minister, in the Presbyterian Church in 1995.
Shelley Emerson: Transgender Activist and Community Leader
Shelley Emerson became the subject of a front page article in Atlanta Magazine, and became the first transgender woman to lead the lesbian women's social group Fourth Tuesday.
Mary Anne Adams: African American LGBT Community Organizer
Mary Anne Adams helped found Zami Nobla to award the Audre Lord scholarships to LGBT students, and also has served in social work and public health.
Lynn Cothren: Chief Aide to Coretta Scott King and LGBT Activist
Lynn Cothren served as the right hand man to Mrs. King for almost 25 years, and at the same time lead the Queer Nation protests against Cracker Barrel Restaurants firing all its LGBT employees.
Betty Couvertier: Latina LGBT Organizer and Media Personality
Native New Yorker Betty Couvertier served on the Human Rights Campaign Diversity Committee, and also hosted WRFG Radio's "Alternative Perspectives" lgbt magazine show on the air for 10 years.
Pat Hussain: African American Icon and Community Leader
Native Atlantan Pat Hussain served as national outreach coordinator for the 1993 National March on Washington for LGBT rights, and then with Jon Ivan Weaver launched the successful David and Goliath battle of Olympics Out of Cobb, to keep the Olympic venues out of Cobb County while its anti-LGBT resolution was in effect.
Winston Johnson: Enlisted Coretta Scott King into actively advocating for lgbt rights
Florida native Winston Johnson was working at Eastern Airlines on April 5, 1968 when Mrs. King arrived from Memphis carrying Dr. King home. He and his late partner Leon Allen bonded with Mrs. King, and in 1986 Winston enlisted Mrs. King into appearing at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, becoming one of our strongest allies until she passed in 2006.
The late Jack Strouss: World War Two veteran who helped defeat Don't Ask Don't Tell
Atlanta native Jack Strouss served in World War Two and later became one of the leaders of the move to allow openly lgbt people to serve in the military, helping overturn Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Dr. Ara Dostourian: founder of the first LGBT student group in Georgia
Dr. Dostourian was a professor at West Georgia College and one of the founders of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, and he helped create the first lgbt student group here, at West Georgia.
Bill Green: Founder of the first LGBT student group at the University of Georgia
Bill Green co-founded the Committee on Gay Education at the University of Georgia, and later fled the campus under threats of death. Years later UGA honored him for his brave activism.
The late Diane Stephenson: First Director of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center
Diane Stephenson was the first lesbian elected to serve on the Georgia Democratic Party Committee, and then was appointed the first director of the Center, formed in 1978.
Willis Bivins: Stonewall Bar Patron and Marcher in the First Pride
Birmingham native Willis Bivins frequented the Stonewall Bar in NYC before the riot, and then joined the first Gay Pride in NYC in 1970. In Atlanta he helped co-found Black and White Men Together.
Mary Louise Covington: Helped Protestors after the Stonewall Riot
New York City native Mary Louise Covington went to the police station the morning after Stonewall, and with her friends took food and clothing to the jailed protestors. Later she helped found the first lesbian mothers group, Dykes and Tykes, and became active in Atlanta lgbt politics.
Floyd Taylor: Community Activist and Armed Forces Veteran
Longtime Atlantan Floyd Taylor served in the armed forces in the 60s and helped work for lgbt rights in the military even then. For years he was a particular source of agitation to House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Dixon Taylor: Community Activist and Publisher of Southern Voice and Georgia Voice
Longtime Atlantan Dixon Taylor has worked for LGBT rights since the 60s and now serves as one of the publishers of the Georgia Voice.
Linda Bryant: Co-Founder of Charis Books and More
Longtime Atlantan Linda Bryant is a community activist who helped found Charis Books and More in 1974, Atlanta's first lesbian feminist bookstore, which is a going concern today.
Gene Loring: Founder of Atlanta's first gay bookstore
Retired now to Arizona, Gene Loring introduced the first legitimate (not pornographic) gay oriented bookstore to Atlanta , and waged war with the Yellow Pages to be listed, and with the city to stay in business.
The late Howard Brunner: First openly gay director and actor in Atlanta
Atlanta native Howard Brunner was the first openly gay man to direct theatre in Atlanta, and later acted in many television shows and was in the original and the Broadway cast of "Children Of A Lesser God."
Patrick Cuccaro: One of the first gay directors in Atlanta
Longtime Atlantan Patrick Cuccaro directed "Boys in the Band" at the Academy Theatre in 1976, one of the first plays directed here by an openly gay man.
The late John Austin: One of the first politically active gay bar owners
Sweet Gum Head manager John Austin was one of the first gay bar owners to actively support the political gay community.
The late Jerry Psyzka: Enlisted the Bulldogs Bar into political activism
Bulldogs bar owner Jerry Psyzka became one of the first gay bar owners to host voter registration drives at the bar, and to assist with the National March on Washington for Gay Rights in 1979.
Frank Scheuren: Community Activist and President of Dignity
Longtime Atlantan Frank Scheuren was an lgbt media spokesperson, the first chair of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center Board, and the president of Dignity, the national Catholic gay rights group.
Greg James: Gay Pride coordinator and WRFG Gay Digest Founder
Ohio native Greg James, now in San Francisco, helped start the WRFG Radio show Gay Digest, and with his former partner Dave Hayward, presented the first LGBT Film Festival here in 1979.
Elizabeth Monahan and Eva Salzer: Leaders of the First National March on Washington
Married couple Elizabeth Monahan and Eva Salzer, now living in Connecticut, helped organize the First National March on Washington for LGBT Rights in 1979, and lead the local protests against the gay slasher movie "Cruising" here.
Cliff Bostock: Gay Journalist and Author
Longtime Atlantan Cliff Bostock has worked in mainstream and gay media for decades, and continues to be an outspoken lgbt rights advocate today.
Mona Bennett: African American LGBT Ally and Public Health Advocate
Mona Bennett is one of the leaders of Atlanta Harm Reduction which fights the spread of AIDS and IV infection, and received the Our Founding Valentines award in 2016.
Charlie BrownTagline: One of Atlanta's Most Outstanding Drag Queens
Tennessee native Charlie Brown has performed in every major gay venue in Atlanta, and now holds court at Lips on Buford Highway. She has also supported many benefits for the lgbt community.
Bubba D. Licious (Jim Marks) Tagline: Drag Queen and Community Organizer
Now starring at Lips on Buford Highway, Bubba has also served as financial officer for AID Atlanta and for the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The late Graham BrutonTagline: Prime Founder of AID Atlanta
Designer Graham Bruton and his friends helped begin AID Atlanta in 1982 at the beginning of the AIDS crisis, and he enlisted ADAC and the design community into fighting the spread of AIDS.
Dr. Jesse Peel: Co-founder of AIDS organizations in Atlanta
Psychiatrist Dr. Jesse Peel and his associates co-founded all the major AIDS organizations in Atlanta, and hosted fundraisers - and pool parties - for the newly formed groups.
Richard Rhodes: First Openly Gay Candidate for Office
Florida native Richard Rhodes ran for office along with Gil Robison in 1988 as the first openly gay candidate, then became the first openly gay delegate from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in 1988 along with lesbian Melinda Daniels, and the first openly gay chair of the DeKalb Democratic Party in 1993.
Melvin Ross: African American Community Activist and Founder of Black and White Men Together
Melvin Ross worked tirelessly as a community activist and helped found Atlanta's Black and White Men Together.
The late John Kappers: First President of the People Living With AIDS Coalition
John Kappers helped found the People Living With AIDS Coalition here, and is the subject of a documentary about his activism and his challenges living with AIDS.
The late Rebecca Ranson: Leader of LGBT Southeastern Arts and Media Education
Prolific playwright and actor Rebecca Ranson lead the first ever lgbt arts consortium, SAME, and premiered her play "Higher Ground" at the World Congress Center in 1988 in tandem with the display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Christina Cash: Publisher of Southern Voice and Georgia Voice
Following the second National March on Washington for LGBT Rights in 1987, Chris Cash started Southern Voice in 1988, and later launched its successor the current LGBT paper Georgia Voice.
The late Michael Hardwick: Fought for LGBT Rights all the way to the Supreme Court
Atlantan Michael Hardwick was arrested by one of Atlanta's finest in his own bedroom for sodomy, and appealed Georgia's sodomy law all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld all the existing state sodomy laws in 1986, leading to the second National March on Washington.
The late Bill Smith: major founder of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front
Atlanta native Bill Smith was the prime mover of the GGLF, incorporating it in 1969, and naming it the Georgia Gay Liberation Front to encompass the entire state. He was the second gay man named to the Atlanta Community Relations Commission, and the co-chair of the 1972 GGLF for Pride.
Judy Lambert: co-chair of the 1972 Georgia Gay Liberation Front
Judy Lambert was the co-chair with Bill Smith of the GGLF, and with her husband Phil Lambert were proudly bisexual members of the GGLF.
The late Severin: also known as Paul Dolan - first trans leader of Atlanta lgbt movement
Atlanta native Paul Dolan performed in "cosmic drag" as Severin and lead the Atlanta Pride marches from the first one in 1971 on, and was said to be an inspiration for Fred Schneider and the B-52s. Severin also performed in many benefits for the GGLF.
The late Charlie St. John: first Georgia lgbt political appointee
Detroit native Charlie St. John was named by Mayor Sam Massell in 1972 to the Atlanta Community Relations Commission as the first openly lgbt person, and was a mainstay in Atlanta Pride for many years until his passing in 1991. Pride named him a Grand Marshal before he passed in 1991.
Linda Regnier and Victor Host - leaders of Atlanta Pride in the 1970s
Linda and Victor kept Atlanta Pride alive after the demise of the GGLF in 1973, and organized the Pride marches throughout the mid-70s.
Gil Robison: Creator of the LGBT Vote here, and first gay lobbyist
Atlanta native Gil Robison in the mid 70s invited the first candidates to speak to lgbt audiences, and later became both the first openly gay lobbyist to the Georgia General Assembly, and the first openly gay man to run for public office in 1988 (along with Richard Rhodes).
Franklin Abbott: Co-founder of the Radical Faeries and Gay Spirit Visions
Poet and author Franklin Abbott was a major co-founder of the Atlanta and the Southeast Radical Faeries, and in 1991 helped create the Gay Spirit Visions group, which has several conferences a year at the Mountain in Highlands, North Carolina. He also received one of the first Our Founding Valentines awards in 2015.
Marcia Davenport: one of the first African American leaders of Atlanta Pride
Marcia Davenport was one of the first African-American women to help organize Atlanta Pride and was part of the Sisters of No Mercy lesbian acting troupe.
Deana Collins: one of first lesbian bar owners
Deana Collins was one of the first women to own and operate lgbt bars, running several other the years, and a great community supporter.
The late John Howell: one of first openly gay activists here
John Howell helped found the first Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center, and is now honored with the John Howell park in his name on Virginia Avenue.
The late Ray Kluka: key organizer of the 1979 National March on Washington for LGBT Rights from Atlanta
Illinois born Ray Kluka was a leader of the Atlanta National March on Washington committee, and became the second head of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center. He is now honored with a park in his name on Monroe Drive.
Maria Helena Dolan: leader of Atlanta Gay Pride
Connecticut native Maria Helena Dolan became a legend in Atlanta in the 1970s leading the Atlanta Gay Pride marches and is still a leading activist here today.
The late Bishop Hyde
Started the first LGBT welcoming congregation in 1946.
The late Billy Jones: One of Georgia's first female impersonators
Billy Jones began performing here as early as the late 50s and well into the 1960s and on, as Phyllis Killer and hosting the Phyllis Killer Bar Awards, and for many years was featured in the Atlanta Pride Parade in a convertible as "Atlanta's Still Living Legend"
The late Diamond Lil: One of Atlanta's first female impersonator Superstars
Savannah native Diamond Lil fled the city under police duress to come here and become a legend in the 60s until her passing in 2016, and became the first drag queen here to be nominated for a Grammy and make records and CDs, recording and song writing in her own voice. Her National Public Radio Story Corps interview is archived in the National Library of Congress, and she was the recipient of the first Our Founding Valentines awards in 2015.
The late Shelby Cullum - founder of Georgia's first lgbt rights group the Georgia Mattachine Society
Atlanta native Shelby Cullum started the Mattachine Society here, and later co-founded the Georgia Gay Liberation Front in 1969.
Berl Boykin: co-founder of the Georgia Mattachine Society and of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front
Miami born Berl Boykin started at Emory University in 1961 when Emory was still segregated, and joined Georgia's first lgbt rights group, the Mattachine Society, in the 1960s. In 1969 he was a founder of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, and is still an activist and writer.
Lorraine Fontana: One of Atlanta's first out Lesbian activists
New York City born Lorraine Fontana came here in the 1960s and marched in the first Pride Parades, and was a co-founder of the first Georgia Lesbian rights group, the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) and is still a vigorous activist today.
Abby Drue: first "out" person at Atlanta City Hall
New York born Abby Drue became the first "out" lesbian at City Hall, working in the administrations of Mayor Sam Massell, Mayor Maynard Jackson, and Mayor Andrew Young, and now chairs the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice.
WE REMEMBER THE 58 PEOPLE WE LOST TO HATE IN LAS VEGAS
Hannah Ahlers, 34, of Beaumont, Calif., was killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Beaumont, Calif.
The mother of three young children was with her husband of 17 years when she was killed during the shootout.
Her father-in-law, Dave Ahlers, said she was a stay-at-home mom who dedicated herself to her children and her family.
“She was beautiful inside and out, and loved life and people,” her brother, Lance Miller, told the Redlands Daily Facts. “She was our sunshine.”
People in her community were organizing a car wash to raise money for her family, and others started an online fundraiser to help.
Heather Alvarado, 35, from Cedar City, Utah, was shot and killed while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Cedar City Fire Department)
City: Cedar City, Utah
When news spread that a shooting was underway at the music festival, the Cedar City (Utah) Fire Department immediately sent crews to the home of Albert Alvarado, a seven-year member of the department. They knew his wife was at the show. Soon, news came that she was dead.
Heather Alvarado ran an in-home day care center and worked with the department's Ladies Auxiliary. The couple had three children who would come along when they went on cruises together.
"This is part of our family," Fire Chief Mike Phillips said. "There's no question that we are going to feel the soreness and loss from this senseless act of violence from this coward for years to come."
Dorene Anderson of Anchorage, Alaska, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)
City: Anchorage, Alaska
Anderson was at the concert with her husband when the shooting broke out. And now, their family is trying to recover from her loss.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, where her husband, John, is employed, issued a statement from the family.
"She...was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had," the statement read. "We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her.
"We are greatly appreciative and want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you have been sending us."
Carrie Barnette, 34, from Riverside, Calif., was killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Janice Chambers)
City: Riverside, Calif.
Barnette bought a home in Riverside, Calif., last year and was working at the Pacific Wharf Café, a waterfront restaurant in the Disneyland companion park California Adventure. Friends and family described her as an upbeat, happy, animal-loving spirit who owned a basset hound and enjoyed country music.
On Sunday, she took a bullet to the left side of her chest and died with a friend by her side, according to her cousin, Janice Chambers.
Disney CEO Robert Iger, wrote, "We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. "Tragic."
This undated image shows Jack and Laurie Beaton of Bakersfield, Calif. Jack was killed in Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas. (Photo: Courtesy Jake Beaton)
City: Bakersfield, Calif.
Beaton was celebrating his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Laurie, when the gunfire started.
He told his wife to get on the ground and draped his body over hers to protect her. He was hit. He was bleeding profusely. But he had just enough time to tell her he loved her.
"I love you, too. I'll see you in heaven," Laurie responded, according to her father, Jerry Cook. The couple had two children.
Cook said Jack's behavior that night was typical for the 54-year-old roofer — a hands-on guy who made friends easily and had the ability to draw out the best in everyone. "Him covering Laurie to protect her — that's Jack," he said.
Steve Berger was one of 58 people killed by a gunman in the Las Vegas massacre on Sun. Oct. 1, 2017. Berger was in Las Vegas with his friends celebrating his 44th birthday. (Photo: Submitted)
Berger was celebrating his 44th birthday with a trip to Las Vegas when the shooting broke out.
His sister, Christine Moore, said the family struggled to figure out if he was one of the hundreds who were shot. Two days after the shooting, they got the call.
Friends of Berger said he was shot somewhere on his torso and they tried to resuscitate him. But the shooting intensified where they were, forcing them to flee the area.
Moore described her brother as a fun-loving, hard-working father of three who was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisc. Berger was a financial adviser working in Minnesota.
Candice Bowers, 40, pictured in a photograph provided by family members. Bowers was a single mother of three enjoying a rare weekend away when she was one of 58 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Kylee Bolks/Special for The Republic)
City: Garden Grove, Calif.
Bowers was a single mother of three who had recently adopted her youngest child, a 2-year-old girl.
"She stepped in without even blinking and took this infant into her home," her aunt Michelle Bolks told The Arizona Republic, adding, "She didn’t question it. She didn’t think about it. She just knew she needed to be there."
Bowers had an infectious laugh that came with a wide grin, Bolks remembered. But she could also be tough as nails and was fiercely loyal. Bowers loved country music and family members encouraged her to have a good time at the music festival.
"She was doing what she loved, enjoying a rare couple days away, with her best friend," Bolks said.
Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, W.V., was killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Martinsburg, W.V.
Tony Burditus knew he'd met his match way back in high school. In the decades since, he and Denise Burditus had two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way.
"In 32 years, it grew stronger every day," Tony Burditus told CNN.
The couple was trying to escape the concert when she was struck. She went down immediately. Someone nearby helped move her to a safer area, a nurse tried to help, and a stranger in a truck drove her to the hospital. But it was too late.
Denise Burditus has spent her career in banking. Last year she decided to go back to school. Her husband said she spent all her free time studying, but still made time for their annual, month-long summer trip with the grandhilcdren — who called her "G-Ma" — and always kept her outgoing spirit.
"Denise always had a smile on her face," he told CNN. "Denise never met a stranger."
Sandra Casey, a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Unified School District)
City: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Teachers at Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Middle School started their day Monday delivering tragic news to their students: one of their own died in the Las Vegas shooting.
Casey, a Vermont native who moved to California, was a special education teacher at the school for nine years. She was engaged to be married and attended the concert with her fiancee.
"Her parents ask for prayers and privacy for her sisters, coworkers, students and large extended family," Casey's family said in a statement shared by her mother's cousin, Linda O'Leary.
District superintendent Michael Matthews said "We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students."
Andrea Castilla, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Andrea Castilla was holding hands with her sisterwhen the bullets began to fly.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by her aunt, Castilla attended the Route 91 Harvest festival for her 28th birthday. She lived in Huntington Beach and worked at Sephora.
Castilla and her sister were holding hands when someone shouted, "Duck!"
She was shot in the head, and her boyfriend, sister and sister's fiancé carried her out of the crowd, dodging bullets themselves.
Denise Cohen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Carpinteria, Calif.
When Jeff Rees thinks of his mother, one thing keeps coming to mind: 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," he said.
The 58-year-old California woman was in the crowd with her boyfriend, Derrick "Bo" Taylor, when the shooting started. By the time it was over, both were dead.
"I feel sorry for all of the people in the world who never got a chance to meet her," Rees said.
Austin Davis, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Riverside, Calif.
Davis was a pipefitter with UA Local 364 who “had a bright future in our union," another union member, Daniel Kirkconnell, said.
"Austin was supposed to be home playing softball and he made a last-minute choice to stay in Vegas for a little longer."
Aubree Hennigan wrote on Facebook that Davis was “the love of my life” and “I will love you until my dying day baby.”
There will be a Home Run Derby in Perris on Sunday in honor of Austin Davis and Tom Day, another victim from Riverside, according to friends' posts on social media.
Thomas Day, Jr.
Thomas Day, 54, was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Facebook)
City: Corona, Calif.
Thomas Day Jr. was a country music fan.
A lifelong Corona resident, he traveled every year to the Coachella Valley for the country music festival Stagecoach with his four adult children.
He played Little League baseball in Corona and later coached a team, and had a Pittsburgh Steelers tattoo on his leg.
Day was attending the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas with his children, who are in their 20s and 30s, when he was shot and killed.
Christiana Duarte, 22, of Torrance, Calif., was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Michael Duarte)
City: Torrance, Calif.
The 22-year-old was visiting Las Vegas with her parents, but went to the concert without them. Officials found her cell phone, they found her ID, but her family couldn't locate their daughter.
Two days later, they got the word that she was among those who died.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a business degree, Duarte moved back home to California and had started working for the Los Angeles Kings.
"She was incredibly driven, passionate about everyone and everything," said her friend, Maddie Noble.
Stacee Etcheber, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Novato, Calif.
As people around them started falling to the ground, Stacee Etcheber watched as her husband, an officer with the San Francisco Police Department, rushed to help them.
Then they got separated. Then Etcheber got shot.
Ever since, people throughout their hometown of Novato, Calif., have been mourning the loss of Etcheber, a popular hair stylist and mother of two young children. An online fundraiser for her family had raised over $200,000 as of Thursday.
"We're angry, devastated, frustrated," said Al Etcheber, Stacee's brother-in-law, during a new conference in Novato.
This undated photo shows Brian Fraser, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Facebook via AP) (Photo: AP)
City: La Palma, Calif.
Fraser, a vice president of sales at a Southern California mortgage company, had made his way closer to the front of the stage to see Jason Aldean sing his favorite song when he was fatally shot.
Known as a family man, he was at the concert with a group of 20 family members and friends, none of whom sustained serious injuries, according to The Orange County Register.
He is survived by his wife, four children and parents.
Fraser's son, Nick Arellano, 25, told The Register that his father loved to hunt, deep-sea fish, snowboard and attend his children’s sporting events. He had recently obtained his private pilot's license.
Keri Galvan, right, of Thousand Oaks, was killed in the Las Vegas massacre. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
City: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
A mother of three young children, Galvan, 31, attended the festival with her husband, Justin, and some friends as part of a weekend getaway.
They were close to the stage when the shooting started. Galvan was struck in the head and her husband, a Marine who served in Iraq, tried to save her. "He gave her CPR, but she was already gone," said Galvan's sister, Lindsey Poole.
Galvan was a server at Mastro's Steakhouse and had an uncanny ability to remember her customers' orders or their special occasion. "She's just constantly making sure everybody's OK," Poole said.
Dana Gardner, 52, of California, was one of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: San Bernardino County)
City: Grand Terrace, Calif.
After becoming one of the victims of the massacre in Las Vegas, the outpouring of support for the 52-year-old grandmother has taken on many forms.
Bob Dutton, the San Bernardino County (Calif.) assessor-recorder and county clerk heaped praise on Gardner, a 26-year employee of the county. "Known for her 'can-do' attitude and vibrant energy, Dana will be dearly missed," he wrote in a statement.
There was an online fundraiser started by her daughter, who attended the show with Gardner. And on Tuesday, her sisters visited United Blood Services in Las Vegas to thank donors in person for what they were doing for all those injured in the attack.
"She was a wonderful woman," they told ABC7 News. "Most wonderful mother, grandmother, sister."
Angela Gomez, 20, who was killed in the LAs Vegas shooting on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Associated Press)
City: Riverside, Calif.
At a candlelight vigil, Angela Gomez' father thanked the crowd for coming “to celebrate our angel.”
Family and friends speaking at the vigil at Riverside City College, Calif., where Angie was studying nursing, were surrounded by photos of her — baby pictures, high school yearbook portraits and prom photos.
"The lord works in a strange ways and this is his way," Angie Gomez' father, Steve Gomez, told KTLA at the vigil. "It was a calling."
Angie had spent months planning the trip to Las Vegas with her boyfriend Ethan Sanchez, whom she met in high school, according to KTLA.
"She was a daughter, she was a sister, she was my life," Sanchez said at the vigil.
Rocio Guillen Rocha
Rocio Guillen Rocha, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Eastvale, Calif.
Guillen Rocha was standing beside the man she was supposed to marry when she was shot at the music festival.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by a cousin, Guillen Rocha had four children, the youngest of whom was one month old.
Guillen Rocha grew up in Anaheim and graduated from Katella High School. She worked at Disneyland as a young adult, according to friends' posts on social media.
According to her cousin's GoFundMe page, "Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother as she would always say. She was a supermom, always working hard and juggling everything to be the best mom to her 4 children."
Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer, was among those slain by the Las Vegas shooter. (Photo: Sgt. Walter Lowell/Nevada National Guard)
City: Las Vegas
On a trip to visit victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, President Donald Trump honored Hartfield, a military veterans and Las Vegas police officer who was off duty at the concert but started escorting people out of the venue when the shooting began.
"Officer Hartfield was a proud veteran, a devoted husband and loving father," Trump said. "His death is a tragic loss for this police force, for this city and for our great nation."
Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said he'd known Hartfield for seven years and that the officer liked to joke around with his colleagues.
"People would say he was the funniest guy."
Chris Hazencomb (left) with his mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, in this family photo from the early 2000s. Chris Hazencomb was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Family Handout)
City: Camarillo, Calif.
As the clock approached 11 a.m. on Monday morning, Maryanne Hazencomb stood in a Las Vegas hospital room and gave the order to disconnect the ventilator that was keeping her son alive.
Chris Hazencomb had shielded his best friend's wife after the shooting started. The graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, a sports junkie and country music fan, soon became the 58th victim in the shooting.
His final act, using his 6-foot-5 body to protect his friend's wife, perfectly summarized how he lived his life, his mother said. She called him a constant helper, whether that meant doing a dirty job none of his coworkers at the Walmart Neighborhood Market wanted to do, or rescuing a less than social cat from the neighbor's roof.
"You don't expect your kid to go before you go," she said. "He was good to everybody. He'd go out on the limb for everybody."
Jennifer Topaz Irvine
Jennifer Irvine (front, pink shirt) was among the victims of the shooting Sunday in Las Vegas. (Photo: Kyle Kraska)
City: San Diego
As the music blared, Irvine was holding hands with her friends, singing and dancing along when the bullet struck her.
Kyle Kraska, a longtime friend, said those final moments encapsulated who Irvine was, an outgoing, fun-loving soul who was always surrounded by friends. "She was an adventurous person, a very social, loving, caring, inclusive person," he said.
Irvine, a graduate of California Western School of Law, opened her own family law and criminal defense firm in 2011 and was a television commentator on criminal trials. But she also led a busy life outside of work, earning a black belt in taekwondo, doing yoga and snowboarding.
Before she died, Kraska said she already had her eyes set on her next challenge: skydiving.
Teresa Nicol Kimura
Teresa Nicol Kimura, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Placentia, Calif.
Teresa Kimura was known by her middle name, Nicol, and was known for her huge heart and infectious laugh, friends said.
Kimura attended the Route 91 Harvest festival with six friends, from Orange County, Calif. The group scattered after the shooting started, and all but Kimura were reunited in the ensuing hours, said Ryan Miller, a pastor and one of Kimura's friends who also attended the concert.
"She made you jealous of how much she loved life," Miller wrote on a GoFundMe page. "And if you didn't know her, you missed out on a better life than the one you have."
Jessica Klymchuk, one of the people killed in Las Vegas on, Oct. 1, 2017. Facebook via AP (Photo: AP)
City: Valleyview, Alberta, Canada
Klymchuk was that person who did a little bit of everything and kept the wheels at her school turning forward.
The mother of four was an educational assistant at St. Stephen's School in Valleyview, Alberta, Canada, a town of roughly 2,000 people.
She served as a school librarian and bus driver and connected with elementary school students in a way few could, attendees at a vigil said.
Klymchuk got engaged in April to her boyfriend, Brent Irla, according to a Facebook status update.
"Since meeting Brent my world has changed, his smile is something I can't live without and his laugh is contagious," Klymchuk wrote in a comment responding to the announcement.
Carly Kreibaum, 33, of Sutherland, Iowa, was among the 59 people who were killed during the deadly mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. (Photo: Special to The Register)
City: Sutherland, Iowa
The electronic welcome sign for tiny Sutherland, Iowa, scrolled a new, painful message Wednesday.
Kreibaum, 33, was remembered as a well-liked motherof two young children who married Chris Kreibaum. The couple lived on a farm.
Residents of the small farming town were stunned that one of their own died in the Las Vegas massacre.
“There’s 600 people in this town. And there were 22,000 people at that concert,” said Dan Wetherell, a local librarian and a cook at the Mugshots Bar & Grill.
Rhonda LeRocque was killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Tewksbury, Mass.
At first, Jason LeRocque thought his wife was ducking to avoid the gunfire. It turned out she was hit.
Rhonda LeRocque was a devout Jehovah's Witness who met her husband at church and constantly volunteered for humanitarian missions, including rebuilding homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
“She prayed on everything,” her mother Priscilla Champagne told the Boston Globe. “Very God-oriented. I’m sure that Jehovah God is upset that one of his beautiful, beautiful people is no longer in this world.”
The couple was on a family vacation with their 6-year-old son. After the country music festival, they were planning to go to Disneyland.
Victor Link, 55, is among the Las Vegas shooting victims. (Photo: Facebook)
City: Orange County, Calif.
Link, a mortgage broker, was remembered by his son as a strong role model.
"I love you so much Dad," Christian Link wrote on Facebook. "Thank you so much for adopting me. Thank you so much for being the best dad any one 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.”
Link was attending the music festival with his fiancée, Lynne Gonzales, according to media reports. His friend and colleague, Christopher Fenoglio, offered a tribute to him on Facebook.
"Victor carried with him a deep passion for life; whether he was sharing stories of his weekend and the past times he’d shared with Lynne and his family, or sharing how excited he was for the upcoming weekend and the plans that ensued," he wrote.
"He loved to share his expertise on craft beers and good tequila," he added. His love of music encompassed most genres, and it was never any surprise when he stumped the majority of the office with his vast trivia knowledge."
Jordan McIldoon was one of 58 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mitchel Brown/Special for The Republic)
City: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Jordan McIldoon was days away from turning 24 years old, and he was a month shy of finishing his heavy-duty mechanic apprenticeship.
Journeying to Las Vegas from his home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, he had a love of the outdoors "born within him," according to his parents, Alan and Angela McIldoon.
"From a young age, he was fearless," his parents wrote in a statement to the media. "From finding him perched on the roof of the barn at age 2 or having him leap into the deep end of the lake before he could swim, he was always on the go."
His girlfriend, Amber Vanderpol, was equally distraught.
"He taught me how to love and he taught me how to be a good person," she told the Global News. "He was the love of my life."
Kelsey Meadows was one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival. (Photo: Courtesy of Greg and Stacy Meadows via AP)
City: Taft, Calif.
Meadows was a substitute teacher at Taft Union High School in Taft, California, where she graduated in 2007.
Taft Union High School principal Mary Alice Finn said she “was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children.”
The high school established a memorial scholarship fund in her honor.
History Professor Lori Clune, who met Meadows during her time as a student at Fresno State University, said Meadows was "a gifted teacher who demonstrated a skill and passion for her chosen profession.”
Canadian Calla Medig, 28, of Edmonton, Alberta, was a country music fan who traveled to Las Vegas for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She was one of 58 people killed in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting. (Photo: Scott Collingwood/Moxie’s Grill and Bar)
City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Growing up in the small Canadian town of Jasper, Alberta, Calla Medig loved her country music.
She loved it so much she put a job promotion on hold so she could attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert in Las Vegas with her roommate.
"She was promoted the day before she left for Vegas,” said Scott Collingwood, acting general manager at Moxie’s Grill and Bar in the West Edmonton Mall, where Medig worked.
"She was well respected and well loved. When we announced she was to become a manager, people were hooting and hollering."
James "Sonny" Melton
Sonny Melton, with his wife, Heather, was one of the victims in the Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 people dead on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Heather Gulish Melton)
City: Big Sandy, Tenn.
When the bullets started raining down on the crowd, Melton's first reaction was to protect his wife.
"He saved my life," Heather Melton said. "He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back."
Melton was a registered nurse at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. His wife is an orthopedic surgeon there. The couple married in June 2016.
Heather Melton wrote to USA TODAY, "I want everyone to know what a kind hearted loving man he was but at this point I can barely breathe."
Pati Mestas is among the victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Tom Smith/Special to The Republic)
City: Menifee, Calif.
Mestas was the oldest person to die, but family members always will remember her for being young at heart.
A lover of country music, Mestas traveled to the music festival to see one of her favorite musicians, Jason Aldean. She was always eager to make the most of a moment, Tom Smith, Mestas' cousin, said in an interview with USA TODAY.
“If there weren’t people, if there wasn’t music, if there wasn’t laughter, she would find it," Smith said. "Or she would do her bestat to make it.”
Mestas used to work as a deli manager at a convenience store in Corona, Calif. More recently, she spent time with her family, particularly the youngest ones.
She had three children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
City: Reno, Nev.
Meyer was a 2011 graduate of Seaside High School in Monterey, Calif., and had recently move from Marina, Calif., to Reno to attend Truckee Meadows Community College.
“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, and his favorite team (was) the Boston Celtics,” Veronica Meyer, Austin’s sister, told KSBW-8, an NBC affiliate in Salinas, Calif.
She said Meyer dreamed of opening an auto repair shop after graduation, in addition to looking forward to getting married and starting a family.
Adrian Murfitt, 35, a commercial fisherman from Anchorage, seen here with his West Siberian Laika named Paxson, was one of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Shannon Gothard)
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.
"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."
Rachael Parker, a records technician at the Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police Department, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Police Department)
City: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
The first person anybody walking into the Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police Department saw was Rachael Parker, a civilian employee of the department who served as a records technician and the front desk clerk.
"She was one of the faces of the department," said Kristie Colombo, the department's community affairs officer. "She was always funny and smart and bubbly and always had a smile on her face."
Parker was attending the music festival with three other department employees. One of them was on off-duty police officer who was also shot, but Colombo said he was expected to recover.
Jenny Parks, an energetic and passionate kindergarten teacher and mother of two from Califiornia, was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Westside Union School District)
City: Lancaster, Calif.
Jenny Parks, an energetic kindergarten teacher and mother of two, was in her third year of teaching at Anaverde Hills Elementary School in Palmdale, Calif.
Parks was at the concert with her husband, who suffered injuries to his arm and hand. Parks didn’t make it.
Those who knew her praised her passion and the energy she brought to the classroom.
"She was so proud to be a teacher and her spirit was something to behold," school officials said in a statement. "The students who were instructed by her knew what it was to love learning as Jenny instilled in them a sense of wonder, curiosity and excitement.
"She will be sorely missed from our lives."
Carrie Parsons, a 2008 ASU graduate, is among the Las Vegas victims (Photo: Facebook)
City: Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Parsons was a 2008 Arizona State University graduate and Seattle-area resident who had recently gotten engaged in Hawaii.
"She would always say ‘live, laugh, love,’ and she did that,” Laura Cooper, her childhood friend, told Seattle TV's KOMO News.
Parsons was from Bainbridge Island, which is separated from Seattle by a bay. Her LinkedIn profile said she had worked at the staffing firm Ajilon since 2014, that her ASU degree was in ceramics and that she played intramural softball.
Robert Patterson and his wife, Lisa Patterson, who was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Dennis Kim)
City: Lomita, Calif.
Religion and participation in the Catholic church defined Patterson, along with her experience coaching youth sports, said long-time friend Dennis Kim.
He described Patterson and her husband, Robert, as beloved fixtures in the community just south of Los Angeles. She handled the books for the family's hardwood flooring business.
One her children, Amber, is a special education major at Northern Arizona University. Her husband, who wasn't at the concert, stopped by a makeshift memorial in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday and spoke with a local television crew.
“I can’t believe she’s gone,” he told FOX5. “Once I didn’t hear from her for over a day, then I knew that something very bad had happened."
John Phippen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Santa Clarita, Calif.
John Phippen, a Cailfornia home remodeler and dune-buggy enthusiast, died while shielding a stranger, his son Travis Phippen told NBC's Today show.
Phippen and Travis, 24, were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas together Sunday when the shooting began. Phippen placed his body over a girl to shield her and was shot, Travis recounted, struggling through his tears.
His son, an emergency medical technician, came to Phippen's aid, but it was too late. Travis watched his father die in his arms and was struck in the arm himself.
Phippen "gave his life for someone he didn't even know," Travis said. "He wanted everybody to know how much he loved them."
Melissa Ramirez (Photo: GoFundMe)
City: Los Angeles, Calif.
Ramirez grew up in the Antelope Valley of California, north of Los Angeles, and loved to surround herselfwith her extended family.
She would routinely make trips home over weekends while in school, the New York Times reported.
The daughter of Mexican immigrants who became U.S. citizens, Ramirez graduated from California State University-Bakersfield in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She worked at a Southern California car-insurance company.
“She always helped her parents, and just wanted to be there,” her cousin, Fabiola Farnetti, told the Times.
Jordyn Rivera, 21, of La Verne, Calif., was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mike Schrader)
City: La Verne, Calif.
"I'm just in disbelief that someone so sweet and genuine that I got the privilege of knowing is now no longer here," Jasmine Orozco said of her college friend.
Rivera grew up in La Verne and graduated from Bonita High School in 2014.
She was in her fourth year of California State University, San Bernardino's Health Care Management program, according to the university.
She studied abroad in London last summer, and her Facebook profile picture remains a snapshot of her outside Stonehenge, both hands forming coyotes, CSUSB's mascot.
Quinton Robbins, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire, Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Facebook via AP)
City: Henderson, Nev.
Robbins was an avid fisherman and snowboarder who spent his final moments with his sister, according to social media posts.
"He was the most kind and loving soul," his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, wrote on Facebook. "Everyone who met him loved him ... He was truly an amazing person."
Robbins studied at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and worked in recreation for the city of Henderson.
His sister, Skylar Robbins, wrote on Twitter, "Laying next to you in the hospital bed all night was the hardest thing I've gone through, but you made me feel so at peace and I know you are with me."
Cameron Robinson (Photo: GoFundMe.com)
City: St. George, Utah
Cameron Robinson lived in St. George but worked for the city of Las Vegas as a legal records specialist, according to the state's online transparency website.
Robinson's sister, Meghan Ervin, confirmed that her brother was among the victims.
Friends have remembered him on a GoFundMe.com page, which had raised over $23,000 by Wednesday to pay for funeral costs and help his family.
"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," the page read. "He is an amazing example to all and brought so much light to those he came in contact with."
Tara Roe, 34, from Alberta, Canada, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Sophia Models International)
City: Alberta, Canada
A Canadian mother of two young boys who worked as an educational assistant and a model was attending the concert with her husband. After initially being listed as missing, officials confirmed that Roe, 34, was among the dead.
The Foothills School Division in High River, Alberta, where Smith worked has received an outpouring of support as the district deals with sadness, shock and grief, Superintendent John Bailey said.
Sophia Models International, where Roe worked for 10 years, also lamented the loss of her "friendly face" and "caring spirit."
“She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly,” Val Rodgers, Roe's aunt, told the Canadian Press.
Lisa Romero-Muniz, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP)
City: Gallup, N.M.
Romero-Muniz spent all of her time around children.
She had children and four grandchildren. She worked as a counselor at elementary, middle-school and high-school levels for Gallup-McKinley County Schools.
Her colleagues and her students, flooded social media with glowing tributes to her.
District superintendent Mike Hyatt said she, "was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools."
Christopher Roybal, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, was killed during the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: AP)
City: Aurora, Colo.
Navy veteran Christopher Roybal survived combat in Afghanistan and had recently moved with his wife to Colorado for a new job before he was killed in Sunday's attack.
Roybal, 28, served from 2007 to 2012, according to his public service record. He was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2011 to May 2012 as part of a military working dog team, according to the U.S. Navy.
His co-worker, Robert Alexander of Colorado Springs, told the Associated Press that Roybal was always upbeat at the gym where he worked in Colorado.
"Chris had that attraction power," he said. "He had that ability to make people want to hang around him and his smile was infectious. He had just great energy, full of enthusiasm for life, and really had a purpose."
Brett Schwanbeck, 61, of Bullhead City, Ariz., was among the victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Facebook)
City: Bullhead City, Ariz.
Schwanbeck, a retired truck driver and grandfather, was remembered by relatives this week as an avid outdoorsman always willing to help a family member in need.
His fiancee, Anna Orozco, hid in a dumpster until the gunfire stopped, niece Carla Van Hoosen reported on a GoFundMe page raising money for his immediate family.
Schwanbeck was carried by bystanders to an ambulance, and he was hospitalized at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. He died of his injuries Tuesday, according to his niece.
In addition to Orozco, Schwanbeck is survived by three children and five grandchildren.
Bailey Schweitzer, 20-year-old Las Vegas shooting victim (Photo: AP)
City: Bakersfield, Calif.
Schweitzer was a former high-school cheerleader and a receptionist with a smile that could light up a room, her loved ones recalled.
Facebook photos show her hugging family, posing as a bridesmaid, throwing her pompoms in the air and goofing around at her family's race track, the Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif.
She was with her mom, Crissy Schweitzer, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She was most excited to hear Luke Combs play, co-worker Katelynn Cleveland told the Californian. During another set, when Cleveland's favorite song came on, Schweitzer called and broadcast it to her friend.
Laura Shipp, left, is seen in a photo with her only son, Corey Shipp. Laura Shipp was a former Thousand Oaks resident who died in the Las Vegas shooting. (Photo: COURTESY PHOTO)
City: Las Vegas
Shipp moved to Las Vegas five years ago to be closer to her son, Corey, a 23-year-old Marine who she had raised on her own.
The two were separated for a moment during the concert when the shooting broke out. Her brother, Steve Shipp, rushed to Las Vegas and ran from hospital to hospital to find her. But they eventually got the call that she had died.
Steve Shipp was grieving, but was more concerned over Shipp's son, who is serving in a unit based in Las Vegas.
"He just lost the most important person in his life," he said. "She was his world and he was hers."
Erick Silva, 21, a security guard working at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, was among those killed Oct. 1, 2017, in the mass shooting in the Las Vegas. (Photo: Courtesy of Contemporary Services Corporation)
City: Las Vegas
Erick Silva was working Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival as a security guard, right in front of the stage, inside a barricade. When the shooting started, the 21-year-old helped concertgoers over the barricade so they could escape through a nearby exit.
Then he was shot.
Silva, a Las Vegas resident and three-year employee of Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) Nevada, was the “epitome of integrity,” according to CSC vice president Jay Purves.
"He was always the first one there and the last one to leave and went above and beyond what we ever asked of him," Purves said.
In an interview with KTNV, Silva's mother wept, saying her son had "a bright future" and that she was still expecting him to walk into the room and say her name.
Susan Smith, an office manager at Vista Elementary School in Simi Valley, Calif., was one of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Simi Valley Unified School District)
City: Simi Valley, Calif.
Within hours of learning about the shooting, visitors started dropping off flowers outside Vista Elementary School, where Susan Smith was a popular office manager.
"She's the hub...really the heart of the school," said Jake Finch, a spokesperson for the Simi Valley Unified School District. "She had a great sense of humor. She's patient and kind."
Smith, an ardent country music fan who was married with two adult children, attended the music festival with two friends from the school district. Lesley Prince, a father of a Vista Elementary student, added flowers to a growing memorial to Smith.
"She was just such a sweet person," Prince said with tears welling in his eyes. "She's the one who told me my daughter was accepted here."
Brennan Stewart, 30, of Las Vegas, was killed in Sunday's mass shooting. (Photo: Handout)
City: Las Vegas
Friends and family of Stewart described him as a rowdy, fun-loving singer who was always the life of the party. But when the gunfire started, another side of Stewart came out.
"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."
The amateur country-music songwriter has been the focus of a wide variety of tributes. Many people are rewatching his YouTube videos, including his rendition of "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell. Some are wearing cowboy boots in his honor. Others are planning a karaoke night to sing songs and collect donations for his large, extended family.
For the family of Stewart, who worked for a custom-home builder in Las Vegas, that focus on the music is a perfect way to honor him. "If country music ever disappeared, I feel like I would too," he once wrote.
Derrick “Bo” Taylor
Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor, who commanded the state conservation camp near Camarillo, was among the fatalities from Sunday's Las Vegas shooting. (Photo: COURTESY PHOTO)
City: Oxnard, Calif.
The 29-year veteran of the Nevada Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation attended the concert with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen. By the time the chaos was over, both were dead.
Taylor was a lieutenant and the commander of the state's conservation center, which houses inmates who fight wildfires.
His supervisor, Capt. Timothy Ellis, called Taylor an "outstanding" officer. "He ran an absolutely great camp," Ellisa said.
Taylor was survived by two adult sons. He had been scheduled to return to work Tuesday, Ellis said.
Neysa Tonks, a single mother of three boys, was among the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooter. (Photo: Courtesy Technologent)
City: Las Vegas
Tonks was a vivacious single mother of three who relished life, her 14-year-old son recalled.
"She lived life like it was her last each day," Greysen Tonks told CNN. "And she didn't care what anybody thinks."
Technologent, the technology company for whom Tonks worked, established a GoFundMe page on behalf of Tonks' family and three boys, Kaden, Braxton and Greysen. On Thursday, it had raised nearly $189,000.
She urged her friends and family to be positive, using the catchphrase "Don't be a hater," her mother Debbie Davis told CNN.
"Even if you said you hated broccoli, she said, 'Don't be a hater,'" Davis said. "She was just a wonderful person with a huge light that we will not let be dimmed."
Michelle Vo, of California, was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: New York Life)
City: Los Angeles
Vo had an “independent, strong personality” and loved traveling the world, even traveling to Europe alone a few years ago, her brother-in-law Paul Warren said. The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, she loved the U.S. and “took full advantage of the freedoms she was given.”
As a successful and ambitious life-insurance agent, Vo had prepared plans for what should happen in the event of her own death.
"She had this fondness for beaches and she was very precise in saying, if she ever passed away, for her ashes to be spread on different beaches around the world," Warren said. "That’s where she wanted to be so that’s what we will be doing."
Kurt von Tillow
Kurt von Tillow, a victim of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Brent Hitchings)
City: Cameron Park, Calif.
Attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas had become a tradition for the von Tillow family – this year Kurt attended with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, sister and niece. Only his son, who had recently moved to Ohio for a new job, was missing.
Von Tillow was known at his country club for his patriotism, often wearing a hat emblazoned with "U.S.A.” and an American flag-patterned shirt, and lavishly decorating his golf cart with flags on the Fourth of July. He loved golf, NASCAR, the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants, but more than anything he loved his family.
"He love, love, loved his grandkids," close friend and neighbor Brent Hitchings said. "They call him Paw Paw."
Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife Robyn were celebrating their 20th anniversary at a Jason Aldean concert. Wolfe died as a result of the mass shooting that occurred during the concert. (Photo: Submitted)
City: Shippensburg, Pa.
At first, Bill Wolfe was reported missing after he was separated from his wife in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting. His relatives flew to Las Vegas to find him, and the people of his hometown of Shippensburg, Penn., held a prayer vigil at a local sports stadium hoping they would get good news.
By Tuesday night, their worst fears were realized.
The Shippensburg Police Department confirmed that Wolfe, a Pennsylvania Little League coach, was among the victims.
Wolfe's aunt Dora Wolfe said the outpouring of support from the community has helped the family deal with their loss.
"It's just so senseless," she said of the shooting. "Such a waste."
WE REMEMBER THE 49 PEOPLE WE LOST TO HATE IN ORLANDO
Stanley Almodovar III, 23, a pharmacy technician whose kind sassiness put people at ease
Amanda Alvear, 25, at the club with her best friend, Mercedez Marisol Flores, also killed
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26, had just returned from Niagara Falls with partner Simon Adrian Carrillo-Fernandez, who also died
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33, was passionate about saving lives and worked at OneBlood, a blood-donation center
Antonio Davon Brown, 29, an Army Reserve captain who served in Kuwait
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29, a financial-aid officer at Keiser University, co-chair of a Jaycees clothing drive for the homeless
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28, a nurse and National Guard member from Puerto Rico whose boyfriend was injured in the shooting
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25, a beloved supervisor for a hospitality services company
Luis Daniel Conde, 39, was at Pulse with Juan P. Rivera Velazquez
Cory James Connell, 21, called the “superhero” of his family, worked at a supermarket and attended college
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25, an ambitious, driven director of a Michigan marketing firm
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32, known as Dee Dee, she was working at the nightclub
Simon Adrian Carrillo-Fernandez, 31, a McDonald’s manager who loved to travel, he died with his partner, Oscar Aracena-Montero
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25, an apartment leasing agent who took care of his mother and dated dancer Xavier Rosado
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26, wanted to be a party planner, went to the club with her best friend, Amanda Alvear, also killed
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22, a UPS worker who was always the life of the party
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, recently came out to his family; died with his boyfriend, Christopher Leinonen
Paul Terrell Henry, 41, a Chicago native, had two children, earned a master’s degree in business and played piano and organ despite never taking lessons
Frank Hernandez, 27, who loved fine fashion and worked at a Calvin Klein store, was at Pulse with his boyfriend, who survived
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30, father of three who managed four restaurants and a catering business
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40, a salesman and makeup artist at Gucci who was proud of his Latino heritage
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19, called his mother in Arizona as the gunman opened fire
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, an accountant who texted his mother while he was held hostage
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25, started dancing at age 10, moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico to dance and choreograph professionally
Christopher “Drew ” Leinonen, 32, was at the club with his “soul mate,” Juan Ramon Guerrero, also killed
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21, an outgoing young man who’d recently moved from Cuba and was working to master English
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, loved to dance so much that she would go to clubs with her son, Isaiah Henderson, who survived
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25, was an only child and “the light and the life of all the family gatherings,” his cousin said
Kimberly Morris, 37, a bouncer at the nightclub who recently moved to Orlando
Akyra Monet Murray, 18, graduated third in her high-school class and was a 1,000-point scorer for her basketball team
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, an outgoing Starbucks barista
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25, of Puerto Rico, was in Orlando for a Selina Gomez concert
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36, married his husband last June 26, the day the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32, a construction worker who loved to dance
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, a doting uncle who died with his partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25, visiting from Brooklyn, N.Y., he studied social work and had a heart for helping the elderly
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27, who was from Puerto Rico, had purchased his first home not even two months ago
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24, a banker who had been promoted at work
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, elegant dancer and loving father to a little boy, dated victim Leroy Fernandez
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, a mother of two who was out with her husband, and friend Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, who also died
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, a charismatic lead singer who performed with his band at a nightclub before going to Pulse
Martin Benitez Torres, 33, one of dozens of victims originally from Puerto Rico, he was working to become a pharmacy technician
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24, worked on the Telemundo talent show “La Voz Kids”
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50, was a visual merchandiser for a clothing store who also was known for Puerto Rican Jibaro folk dancing
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37, owner of D’Magazine Salon and Spa who moved from Puerto Rico and was a hair stylist and makeup artist
Luis S. Vielma, 22, loved his job at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37, frequented Latin Night at Pulse with his longtime partner, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, who also died
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31, worked at Walt Disney World, most recently in merchandising on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom
WE REMEMBER THE 21 TRANSGENDER WE'VE LOST SO FAR TO HATE IN 2017
- Mesha Caldwell, 41, a black transgender woman from Canton, Mississippi, was found shot to death the evening of January 4. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been arrested.
- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28, an American Indian woman who identified as transgender and two-spirit, was found dead in her apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A suspect, 25-year-old Joshua Rayvon LeClaire, has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with her death.
- JoJo Striker, 23, a transgender woman, was found killed in Toledo, Ohio, on February 8. Striker’s mother, Shanda Striker, described her as “funny and entertaining” and said her family loved her deeply.
- Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier, 24, was fatally shot in Chicago on the morning of February 21. A transgender woman of color, she was found dead on the same street as two other transgender women that were killed in 2012.
- Chyna Doll Dupree, 31, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in New Orleans on February 25. Chyna was a much-loved performer in the ballroom community who was visiting friends and family in New Orleans at the time of her death.
- Ciara McElveen, 26, a transgender woman of color, was stabbed to death in New Orleans on February 27. McElveen did outreach for the homeless community. As of February 28, 2017, HRC has tracked at least nine murders of transgender people in Louisiana since 2013.
- Jaquarrius Holland, 18, was shot to death in Monroe, Louisiana, on February 19. One friend, Chesna Littleberry, told Mic that Holland was “like a younger sister” and had helped her learn to accept herself.
- Alphonza Watson, 38, was shot and killed in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 22. Watson’s mother said her daughter was “the sunshine of our family,” a “caring, passionate” person who loved cooking and gardening.
- Chay Reed, 28, a transgender woman of color, was shot and killed on April 21 in Miami. Reed’s longtime friend told Mic about their longtime friendship -- describing her as someone who was full of life and beloved by many.
- Kenneth Bostick, 59, was found with severe injuries on a Manhattan sidewalk, he later died of his injuries. Few details about Bostick’s life have been reported, he is believed to have been homeless at the time he was attacked.*
- Sherrell Faulkner, 46, a transgender woman of color died on May 16, of injuries sustained during an attack on November 30, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police are treating the assault as a homicide. No arrests have been made at this point.
- Kenne McFadden, 27, was found in the San Antonio River on April 9. Police believe she was pushed into the river, which runs through downtown San Antonio. A high-school friend of McFadden described her to local media as assertive, charismatic and lovable. No arrests have been made, but police said they have a person of interest in custody.
- Kendra Marie Adams, 28, was found in a building that was under construction and had burns on her body on June 13. Police have charged Michael Davis, 45, with Adams’ murder. Adams also went by Josie Berrios, the name used in initial media reports on her death.
- Ava Le'Ray Barrin, 17, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia on June 25 during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. In an online obituary, friends remembered Barrin as a "social butterfly" and an "amazing girl" who "loved to make people laugh."
- Ebony Morgan, 28, was shot multiple times in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the early morning of July 2. Morgan was transferred to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Authorities have named Kenneth Allen Kelly Jr. as a person of interest in the case.
- TeeTee Dangerfield, 32, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed on July 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Georgia Voice, Dangerfield “was found with multiple gunshot wounds outside of her vehicle at the South Hampton Estates apartment complex."
- Gwynevere River Song, 26, was shot and killed in Waxahachie, Texas, on August 12. According to their Facebook profile, they identified as “femandrogyne” and a member of the bisexual community.
- Kiwi Herring, 30, was killed during an altercation with police on August 22 during an altercation with her neighbor. Relatives told Huffpost the neighbor was transphobic and that excessive force by police led to her death.
- Kashmire Nazier Redd, 28, was fatally stabbed by his partner on September 5. A friend wrote on Facebook “[Kashmire] loved hard and just wanted to be loved and [accepted].”
- Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot to death in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 12. Friends describe Banner as a "playful spirit" and "go-getter" who enjoyed life.
- Ally Steinfeld, 17, was stabbed to death in Missouri in early September. Three people have been charged in her murder. Steinfeld’s family said Ally “sometimes” identified as female on social media.
- Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was shot dead by Tyler Beck, an officer of the Georgia Tech Police Department. Schultz was carrying a type of multitool which includes a small knife. The incident was followed by protests and civil unrest, which led to multiple arrests. The shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
HALLELUJAH BY RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Maybe I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you?
The holy dark was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Maybe there's a god above
And all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
And it's not a cry you can hear at night,
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah