As many Americans are coping with the tragic loss of their beloved family members, friends or work colleagues, more and more victims in the mas shooting in Las Vegas are being pictured and identified. We bring you the stories of four of them.
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Dozens of American families are mourning the loss of their loves ones in the Mandalay Bay mass shooting. Local authorities say 59 people were killed and at least 527 others wounded.
Among the victims were a nurse who saved his wife’s life, a beloved special-ed teacher and a lawyer who was also an avid snowboarder. Here are their stories.
Sonny and Heather Melton Photo credit: Channel 2 News
Sonny Melton, 29, a nurse from Tennessee, was on vacation in Las Vegas with his wife, Heather. When the shooter, Stephen Paddock, began firing down at the crowd from his hotel room on the 32nd floor, Melton immediately grabbed Heather’s hand and the two ran for cover.
In an interview with CNN, Heather said her husband saved her life. “I felt him get shot in the back,” she recounted. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
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Sandra Casey, a special-ed teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, was fatally wounded in the shooting and later died in the hospital.
She had taught there for the past nine years. Mike Matthews, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent, said she will be remembered for her sense of humor, passion for her work and devotion to her students.
“Our students, employees, and parents are devastated by Sandy Casey’s death,” Matthews said. “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.”
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Jenny Parks was a kindergarten teacher in California. “She was truly one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet,” said Steven McCarthy, her husband’s uncle. “She always went out of her way to help anybody.”
Her husband, Bobby, is still hospitalized and has been told about his wife’s death.
Jennifer Irvine, an attorney from San Diego, ran a family law and criminal defense practice. Her website described her as a “tenacious litigator” who was eager to help clients during difficult times.
Apart from her law practice, Irvine had a number of unique hobbies such as snowboarding, indoor rock climbing, hot yoga and taekwondo.