With more than 58 people killed and over 500 injured, police are calling the recent Las Vegas shooting the deadliest in U.S. history. The tragedy unfolded after the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his Mandalay Bay hotel room onto a crowd of 20,000 concertgoers.
Sadly, the amount of those who have been injured or lost their lives from this horrible attack continues to grow. While authorities have not released an official list of the victims, here is who has been identified thus far.
Christopher Royball was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan. His mother, Debby Mendoza, wrote in a Facebook post that her son was one of the many who lost their lives that night.
"Today is the saddest day of my life," Mendoza wrote in her Facebook post. "My son Christopher Roybal was murdered last night in Las Vegas. My heart is broken in a billion pieces. For anyone who knew the relationship we shared, you then know we were best friends. I will forever miss my Munchkin."
Neysa Tonks was a mother of three boys- Kaden, Braxton, and Greyson. Her employer released a statement confirming her death and shared how much joy and laughter she brought to the company. "She was so full of life and so much fun. She was so proud of her boys .. such an amazing soul. Such a beautiful person," a friend wrote on her Facebook page.
Sandy Casey was a special education teacher in Manhattan Beach, California. Casey’s partner Christopher Willhemse shared about the loss of his loved one. “The love and support that she and I have received during these trying times just shows how important this wonderful woman truly was. She lived life to the fullest and made me the happiest man in the world. I'm so grateful for the kind words and gestures, it means the world to me, especially for her,” he wrote.
She will be remembered by the students who loved her and will be remembered for her “sense of humor, her passion for her work, (and) her devotion to her students,” the school district said in a statement.
Denise Burditus shared a photo of her and her husband at the concert just hours before the deadly shooting took place. She passed away in the arms of her husband of 32 years. Her husband, Tony Burditus shared about her passing in a Facebook post.
"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. Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE,” he wrote.
Please keep the loved ones of the victims and those injured in your prayers. We pray for God's comfort and healing for all those affected by this tragedy. Please share your thoughts and prayers on our Facebook page. For more information on the other victims that have been identified, check out our next story.