The stories of the victims of Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas are as diverse as America itself, 59 people, all with friends and families and jobs and dreams.
Those who knew them are choosing to remember not how they left this world, but what they did in their all-too-short time in it.
People like Sonny Melton of Tennessee, who died while making sure his wife Heather lived.
"He loved her," says Easton Melton. "I think it was just second nature to him to do something like that."
Amidst the grief, there are also stories of bravery, love, and selflessness.
Paramedic Dawn-Marie Gray from Oregon and her husband, Kevin, treated wounded victims and sent them off to the hospital as bullets rained down.
"When we came out it was horrific, a field of bodies," she says.
The survivors call them heroes.
"I couldn't believe the human spirit and the kindness that everybody was helping everybody," says survivor Aaron Jenkins.
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released the information below:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival:
The Family Assistance Center & Family Reunification Center is now open at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall S-2.
For family members wishing to report a missing loved one, please call 1-866-536-9488.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.
They were school teachers and youth football coaches, real estate agents and local business owners.
They were parents, siblings, husbands, wives, neighbors and friends.
They traveled to Las Vegas to see their favorite stars, posting videos and photos to social media.
At least 59 of them never made it home after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel onto a crowd of more than 22,000 below at a country music festival.
Details emerged Monday about the lives of those who died, as well as countless more who were injured. Friends waited for text messages that never came, families learned the worst from hospitals and local authorities. In a few cases, families still frantically searched Monday night for news.
Many have launched fundraising campaigns for the children and families left behind, while others have vowed to start scholarship funds in their loved ones' names.
A gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday night, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500.
The gunman, who later took his own life, used an automatic weapon from the window of his hotel room which looked down on the festival.
"We were laying down on the floor I didn't know to get up, to run, to stay to duck. Didn't know if it was safe to move," said Sarah Haas who witnessed the shooting.
The gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada who authorities say acted alone.
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A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from a 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room late Sunday, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 515 others at an outdoor country music festival, police said.
It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
The shooter, who was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.
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Authorities in Nevada praised the response to a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert by police and health care workers.
Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday that he visited some of the victims in the hospital and that, "We're angry, we're grieving, we're confused, people are hurting."
Sandoval called the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others Sunday night a cowardly, despicable act.
He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.
The FBI says the shooter who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a Las Vegas concert had no connection to an international terrorist group.
The announcement from Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse at a news conference Monday comes after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack without providing evidence.
The extremist group claimed that the shooter was "a soldier" who had converted to Islam months ago. It has made exaggerated or false claims in the past.
Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting but say they believe 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock acted alone. He killed himself after the shooting.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the death toll from the Las Vegas shooting has risen to 58, with 515 people injured. A gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival Sunday night.
The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Media briefing with LVMPD Sheriff Lombardo on the shooting incident last night. https://t.co/3eUm4Ze30J— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the lone suspect involved in the late night mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada.
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Police said Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m.
The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out.
LVMPD SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.
The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting.
Police said among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.
Police said this is still an active investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.
LVMPD and Clark County Coroner’s Office have set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident. The hotline is only to take reports on missing people. The number is (866) 535-5654. LVMPD also opened up a family reunification center at its headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B.
Police said the identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience.
@FBILasVegas is asking anyone with videos or photos from the 10/1/17 Las Vegas shooting to please call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324)— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) October 2, 2017
KTIV News 4 will continue to update this story as more information is shared. Watch News 4 at Noon for updates.
NBC News Update:
More than 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire into an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night, police said.
More than 400 people were injured as performer Jason Aldean was onstage, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference.
The gunman was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada.
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Officials have raised the death tolls to at least 50 are dead and over 200 are injured.
The death toll is still expected to rise.
Officials found multiple firearms in the room occupied by the shooter who has been named as Stephen Paddock.
The female person of interest Mari-Lou Danley has been located.
The president is aware of the shooting and tweeted the following:
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
We will continue to update this story throughout the morning.
Las Vegas authorities say more than 20 people are dead and 100 people are wounded after a man opened fire on an outdoor concert late Sunday.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
Authorities say the man is dead. They did not release the suspect's name but said he is a local resident.
Several officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday when a gunman opened fire.
One was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities did not release his name.
Lombardo said they believe this was a "lone wolf" attack but said they are looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest.
Gunshot victims are being transported to hospitals after a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in "several" people with gunshot wounds. She didn't have any more immediate information.
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip after receiving reports of an active shooter.
Officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez says deputies are heading to the scene Sunday near Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
No further information was immediately known.
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