Video: Portraits of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (CNN, NBC) – A shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night has left at least 59 people dead and more than 527 injured.

Of those victims was a nurse who died while protecting his wife. Another was a teacher who “always went out of her way to help anybody.”

All of these individuals were from different walks of life who gathered for a night of music. Here are some of their stories.


Sonny Melton

Family members have confirmed Sonny Melton (right) was killed in the shooting. [Source: Family photo]
A West Tennessee man was one of the 50 people killed in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Sonny Melton, 29, was at the Route 91 Harvest festival with his wife, Heather Melton.

Heather Melton said her husband saved her life while gunfire was hitting the crowd.

“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she said. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

Melton is from Big Sandy, Tennessee. He was a registered nurse who worked at the emergency room and ICU at Henry County Medical Center. He also assisted his wife in surgery.

Rachael Parker

Manhattan Beach Police records technician Rachael Parker was killed in the Las Vegas shooting. [Source: MBPD]
Rachael Parker was a 33-year-old records technician for the police department in Manhattan Beach, California.

According to the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Parker was shot in the Las Vegas shooting and later died at the hospital.

Parker had been employed with the police department for 10 years and “will be greatly missed.”

She was one of four Manhattan Beach police employees who were off-duty and attended the country music concert where the shooting occurred.

Another police employee, and sworn officer, was shot and suffered minor injuries, the department said.

Sandra Casey

Sandra Casey, a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, was fatally wounded in the shooting, according to Mike Matthews, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent.

Casey taught at the school for the past nine years. Matthews said she will be remembered for her sense of humor, passion for work, devotion to students, and commitment to continuing her own learning and projects that come her way.

“Our students, employees, and parents are devastated by Sandy Casey’s death. We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students,” Matthews said.

The school district said several other members from the district attended the festival but were unharmed.

Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks and her husband Bobby were both in attendance at the Vegas concert. [Source: Steven McCarthy]
Jenny Parks, a kindergarten teacher for the Lancaster School District in California, was killed in the Vegas shooting, according to Steven McCarthy, her husband’s uncle.

“She was truly one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet,” McCarthy said. “She always went out of her way to help anybody.”

McCarthy said he never saw her upset, and never saw her sad.

Parks’ husband, Bobby Parks, is currently in surgery after a bullet injured his arm and finger, McCarthy said.

According to McCarthy, Bobby is responsive and aware of his wife’s passing.

Jenny Parks has two brothers who lived in Las Vegas. The couple was visiting them.

Lisa Romero-Muniz

Lisa Romero-Muniz, a secretary for Gallup-McKinley County Schools in western New Mexico, was a victim of the Las Vegas shooting, school district superintendent Mike Hyatt said.

Romero-Muniz had worked for the school district since 2003 at three different schools. She was a discipline secretary, acting as an advocate for students during times of discipline.

“As many students have mentioned in some Facebook posts and to many of us, she was there for them and she respected them and tried to work with them as much as she could,” Hyatt said.

Hyatt said Romero-Muniz was outgoing, kind, and considerate of all those she worked with.

“We cannot express enough the loss that our organization feels at this time, and the heartache we feel for Lisa’s husband, children, grandchildren, and family,” Hyatt said.

CNN’s Amanda Watts, Stella Chan, Elwyn Lopez, and David Williams & WSMV’s Kara Apel and Forrest Sanders contributed to this report.

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