Tony Burditus remembers the wife of 32 years that he lost to the Las Vegas shooting—the most deadly shooting in American history. Tony and Denise were in Las Vegas just for the Route 91 music festival that they’d been looking forward to for months. reported People.
Just a half hour before the shooting began, Denise posted a photo of her and her husband at the music festival. The couple smiled widely at the camera—obviously enjoying themselves and each others' company.
At 10:08 p.m., Stephen Paddock opened fire on the ground. Denise Burditus, 50, who had been alive and smiling mere minutes earlier, died. She was one of the at least 59 dead as a result of the shooting.
Tony Burditus opened up about his grief on Facebook. He shared that he was with her until the end, holding her in his arms until she passed away.
“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,” Tony Burditus wrote. “Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”
This is a tragic end to Denise and Tony’s love story. The couple, originally from West Virginia, were sweethearts at Hedgesville High School in Berkeley County, West Virginia, reported WSAZ.
Once they graduated high school, the couple married and started a family. The moved frequently for Tony’s career in the Army.
After her passing, Tony posted a photo of him and Denise kissing on his Facebook page. Friends and family flocked to the page to express their sympathies.
“Praying for you and your family Tony,” one friend wrote. “May God please keep his hand on you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.”
Another wrote, “Oh Tony, I just keep looking at the cool beautiful pictures both you and Denise have been sharing of all the fun you were having in Vegas and at the festival. Your loss is unfathomable. Thoughts and prayers to all of you guys.”
The couple, who were both retired, posted many photos of their many travels together. Denise also posted photos of her loving grandchildren. The couple was clearly still in love after 32 years of marriage.
Pray for Tony, his children, and his grandchildren as they mourn the loss of Denise. Likewise, please pray for all those who have lost loved ones to this shooting.
If you'd like to learn more about the victims of this terrible tragedy, here's a rundown of what we know so far.