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News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

We are learning of the names and the lives of the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada that happened on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

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(All names and ages confirmed by Clark County Coroner’s Office)

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  • Hannah Lassette Ahlers
  • 34 Years Old
  • Murrieta, California

Hannah Ahlers was part of a tightknit community of skydivers and enjoyed the outdoors.

Hannah Ahlers savored spending weekends lounging by the pool with friends and family.

Hannah Ahlers studied at Crafton Hills College and went to Redlands East Valley High School.

Hannah Ahlers is survived by her husband of 16 years, Brian, and three children.

 

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  • Heather Lorraine (Warino) Alvarado
  • 35 Years Old
  • Cedar City, Utah

Heather Alvarado was a mother of 3 and the wife of a firefighter,

Heather Alvarado was someone who liked to see the good in others.

Alvarado enjoyed going on vacations and spending time outdoors with her husband, Albert, and their children.

Albert Alvarado is a firefighter in Cedar City, Utah, where the family lives.

The Cedar City Fire Department is selling cookbooks to raise money to help support the family.

 

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  • Dorene Anderson
  • 49 Years Old
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Dorene Anderson was a hockey booster in Anchorage, Alaska and a self-described “stay-at-home wife and mother.”

Dorene Anderson had served as treasurer of the Cowbell Crew, a nonprofit organization based in Anchorage that supports local hockey teams.

Dorene Anderson attended Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon.

 

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  • Carrie Rae Barnette
  • 34 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Carrie Barnette was the oldest of three children, and family was her priority.

Carrie Barnette had worked at Disneyland for 11 years in food services and loved it there.

Carrie Barnette was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life.

Carrie Barnette was celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when she was shot in the chest and died before reaching the hospital.

 

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  • Jack Reginald Beaton
  • 54 Years Old
  • Bakersfield, California

Jack Beaton and his wife, Laurie, had been with friends celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary, which fell on Sunday, the final day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Laurie’s father Jerry Cook, when the shooting began. Jack Beaton tried to shield his wife with his body, reportedly getting on top of Laurie to protect her and as he laid on top of her, Jack said, ‘Laurie, I love you’ as Laurie said, ‘I love you too,’ and he got hit.”

Laurie Beaton did not learn until Monday afternoon that her husband had been identified among the casualties.

Jack Beaton worked in construction and and Laurie worked in human resources at an energy company.

Their lives centered around their children, watching their daughter cheerleading or taking their son dirt-bike riding in Bakersfield, California.

 

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  • Stephen “Steve” Richard Berger
  • 44 Years Old
  • Shorewood, Minnesota

Stephen Richard Berger worked as a financial adviser at EFS Advisors, which has offices in Cambridge and Minnetonka.

Stephen Richard Berger was the father of 3 children.

 

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  • Candice Ryan Bowers
  • 40 Years Old
  • Garden Grove, California

Candice Bowers overcame many challenges in her life, including the passing of her mother when she was a young girl and raising 2 children as a single mother.

Candice Bowers took in the woman’s baby and officially adopted her in May.

Candice Bowers’ family say the act of kindness showed the woman’s character, always placing the needs of others above her own.

Candice Bowers worked as a waitress at Mimi’s Cafe, had a wide circle of friends and enjoyed spending time with her children, 16 year old Katie, 20 year old Kurtis, and the recently adopted Ariel, 2.

Candice Bowers loved country music and spending time outdoors, so a trip with a girlfriend to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

The football team at Pacifica High School, which Candice Bowers attends, plans to wear decals on their helmets honoring Bowers during their next game.

The Posse Bar in Westminster, where Candice Bowers socialized, is holding a fundraiser Oct. 21.

A fundraising website for Candice Bowers’ memorial costs and children had raised more than $30,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

 

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  • Denise Burditus
  • 50 Years Old
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia

Denise Burditus loved to travel, was a Seattle Seahawks fan, and spend time with their grandchildren.

Denise Burditus moved to West Virginia after her husband retired from the United States Army in 2014.

Her husband was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord twice, and both times Burditus worked for Heritage Bank.

Denise Burditus eventually became manager at the Olympia branch.

Cindy Huntley, Heritage Bank Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, said “Denise was amazing.”

 

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  • Sandra ‘Sandy’ Casey
  • 34 Years Old
  • Manhattan Beach, California

Sandra Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School for 9 years.

In a statement, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District said, “She is loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her way. She has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years.”

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is offering counseling for students and staff.

In a statement, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Supt. Michael Matthews said, “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.”

 

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  • Andrea Lee Anna Castilla
  • 28 Years Old
  • Orange, California

Andrea Castilla was at the concert celebrating her 28th birthday.

Andrea Castilla graduated from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, California in 2007.

Andrea Castilla attended Cypress College and worked the past two years at Sephora in Huntington Beach as a beauty advisor.

In a statement, Sephora Americas chief executive Calvin McDonald said, “All of us at Sephora are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Andrea Castilla, She was a beloved employee, known to her colleagues in Huntington Beach for her vibrancy, liveliness, caring and consideration of others. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Andrea’s family, and we send our condolences to the loved ones of all of the victims in this terrible, senseless tragedy.”

 

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  • Denise Cohen
  • 58 Years Old
  • Carpinteria, California

Denise Cohen leaves behind 2 sons in their 30’s.

Denise Cohen, was born in the Bay Area and had lived in Santa Barbara County, California for the last 10 years, working as a property manager.

 

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  • Austin William Davis
  • 29 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Austin Davis was a proud union man, a pipefitter for UA Local 364, which covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties, along with Edwards Air Force Base.

In May 2015, Austin Davis became a journeyman pipefitter after years of training.

Austin Davis played softball and enjoyed fishing and skiing with his friends.

Austin Davis met his high-school sweetheart Aubree, nine years ago.

 

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  • Thomas Day Jr.
  • 54 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Thomas Day Jr. worked as a home builder and loved his 4 children — all in their 20’s and 30’s — who were with him at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him,” said his father, Thomas Day Sr. later adding, “His kids are with me right now. They’re crushed.”

 

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  • Christiana Duarte
  • 22 Years Old
  • Torrance, California

Christiana Duarte — known as Chrissy — came from a family of baseball players; her father, Michael, always took her to Dodgers games, her brother Mikey played shortstop at UC Irvine and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, and her cousins Gerald and Brandon Laird have played pro ball as well.

Before she graduated from the University of Arizona in the spring, Christiana Duarte interned for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the Los Angeles Rams.

Christiana Duarte started her first full-time job in September as a fan services associate with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.

“She wanted to be in marketing in those organizations and probably run a sports team, She had those aspirations, and she would’ve made it,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Atty. Danette Meyers, who has worked with Christiana Duarte’s father for decades in the prosecutor’s office.

 

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  • Stacee Ann Etcheber
  • 50 Years Old
  • Novato, Califorina

Stacee Etcheber was a hairstylist, a mother of 2 children and wife of San Francisco Police Officer Vinnie Etcheber.

In a statement, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said, “Stacee was taken in a senseless act of violence as her husband, SFPD Officer Vinnie Etcheber, heroically rushed to aid shooting victims in Las Vegas on Sunday. Stacee was a beloved mother of two young children and a well-loved hairstylist in Marin County.”

Stacee Etcheber was as likely to be seen cheering on her kids’ sports games as starting a fire on their school camping trips, or helping someone change the oil in their car.

According to San Ramon Elementary School Principal Amanda Langford, Stacee Etcheber lived around the corner from San Ramon Elementary School where both of her children attended, the youngest child is in fifth grade.

Stacee Etcheber was well-known for her involvement in the school and PTA, always making herself available to help students and families, or to chaperone field trips.

 

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  • Brian S. Fraser
  • 39 Years Old
  • La Palma, California

Brian Fraser was a father and was an avid country music fan.

Brian Fraser was a churchgoing man who was a congregant of Friends Church in Yorba Linda.

Brian Fraser became an ordained minister just so he could perform his son’s wedding in July.

Brian Fraser is survived by his wife and four children.

 

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  • Keri Galvan
  • 31 Years Old
  • Thousand Oaks, California

Keri Galvan had 3 children under the age of 10.

Keri Galvan worked as a waitress at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks, California.

Keri Galvan was a kind person who made everyone smile.

 

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  • Dana Leann Gardner
  • 52 Years Old
  • Grand Terrace, California

Dana Gardner was a deputy recorder-county clerk in the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s Office in San Bernardino, California.

Dana Gardner had worked for the county since 1991. She attended the concert with one of her daughters.

When Bob Dutton became the San Bernardino County assessor-recorder-clerk, he knew a strong and experienced deputy would be essential to do the job.

 

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  • Angela C. Gomez
  • 20 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Angela Gomez graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015 and attended classes at Riverside Community College.

Angela Gomez participated in the Riverside Children’s Theater, was involved in choir in both middle and high school and was a cheerleader for the high school, according to the school district.

Angela Gomez’s former English teacher and cheer coach, Lupe Avila, said she was “wonderful young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.”

In a statement, the Riverside Unified School District said, “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that one of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Poly High School.”

 

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  • Rocio Guillen
  • 40 Years Old
  • Eastvale, California

Rocio Guillen Rocha would want to be remembered as a supermom.

Rocio Guillen Rocha had 2 teenagers, a 1½-year-old and her fourth child, a boy, who was born seven weeks ago.

According to National Public Radio (N.P.R.), Rocio Guillen Rocha was still on maternity leave when she traveled to Las Vegas last weekend.

Rocio Guillen Rocha and her fiance, Chris Jaksha, were fans of country music and were celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Rocio Guillen Rocha, a manager at the California Pizza Kitchen in Santa Ana, grew up in Anaheim and went to Katella High School.

Rocio Guillen Rocha was a hard worker at the restaurant well still finding time to attend her older boy’s sporting events.

Rocio Guillen Rocha and Jaksha were planned on getting married in May, but Rocha reportedly wanted to wait until after she had the baby.

 

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  • Charleston Hartfield
  • 34 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield was off duty when he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one of many law enforcement officers who went to the country music concert.

Charleston Hartfield was a military veteran and coached youth football.

Charleston Hartfield enlisted in the Army in July 2000 and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, ultimately rising to the rank of sergeant first class.

Charleston Hartfield deployed to Iraq during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and served in a task force that was awarded a presidential unit citation for “extraordinary heroism.”

According to United States Army records, Charleston Hartfield was also awarded several individual commendations and achievement medals throughout his uniformed career.

In a statement, the 82nd Airborne said, “By all accounts he was a special human being, someone who carried the best virtues and characteristics from this division with him beyond his service here.”

Charleston Hartfield joined the Nevada Army National Guard in June 2006 and continued serving until his death.

 

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  • Christopher ‘Chris’ Hazencomb
  • 44 Years Old
  • Camarillo, California

Colleagues and relatives described Chris Hazencomb as a kind and selfless man, a friend and co-worker who loved talking sports.

Chris Hazencomb graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1991, said Principal Lou Lichtl.

According to Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson, Chris Hazencomb had worked as a self-checkout host at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Camarillo since 2013.

In a statement, Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson said, “We are deeply saddened that one of our associates, Chris Hazencomb, was among those killed in Las Vegas. Our hearts and prayers are with his family, and with all who have lost family members and loved ones in this attack.”

 

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  • Jennifer Topaz Irvine
  • 42 Years Old
  • San Diego, California

Family members say Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a smart woman who enjoyed life and brought joy to others.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family-law attorney in San Diego, California.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine did her undergraduate work at the University of San Diego and later the California Western School of Law.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine enjoyed yoga, snowboarding and taekwondo.

 

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  • Teresa Nicol Kimura
  • 38 Years Old
  • Placentia, California

Teresa Nicol Kimura worked for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration in Irvine, California.

Teresa Nicol Kimura was a 1997 graduate of El Dorado High School in Placentia,

Teresa Nicol Kimura is survived by her parents and a sister.

 

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  • Jessica Klymchuk
  • 34 Years Old
  • Valleyview, Canada

Jessica Klymchuk worked at St. Stephen’s School, was a librarian and a bus driver who was raising 4 children on her own, and was engaged to Brent Irla.

The couple were together at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when the hail of bullets rained down on the crowd.

Jessica Klymchuk reportedly died Monday morning with Irla by her side.

 

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  • Carly Anne Kreibaum
  • 34 Years Old
  • Sutherland, Iowa

Local librarian Dan Wetherell described Carly Anne Kreibaum as a “kind, loving mother, just working and taking care of her children.”

Carly Anne Kreibaum is survived by her husband, Chris, and 2 young children.

 

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  • Rhonda M. LeRocque
  • 42 Years Old
  • Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Rhonda LeRocque was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and worked at a Cambridge design firm.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rhonda LeRocque and her husband, Jason, helped rebuild homes in Louisiana.

 

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  • Victor L. Link
  • 55 Years Old
  • San Clemente, California

Victor Link was a loan processor from San Clemente, California.

Victor Link was a music lover and the father of a 23 year old son, a nephew, Vincent Link.

His sister, Lisa Link Hiestand, says, “He was very funny. He was always there for you.”

 

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  • Jordan McIldoon
  • 24 Years Old
  • Maple Ridge, Canada

Jordan McIldoon’s parents described their son, a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice who was about to start a trade school, as a “self-described cowboy boot, tattoo-covered redneck who loved the outdoors.”

Jordan McIldoon grew up on his family’s land in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Pictures of Jordan McIldoon on social media show him in cowboy boots and on snowmobiles and motorcycles, often smiling big with an arm around his girlfriend, Amber Bereza.

 

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  • Kelsey Breanne Meadows
  • 28 Years Old
  • Taft, California

Kelsey Breanne Meadows stayed close to home, growing up to become a substitute teacher at her alma mater, Taft Union High School.

Kelsey Breanne Meadows got to work close to her mother, Stacy Lynn Meadows, an IT manager for the district.

According to the school district, Kelsey Breanne Meadows graduated from the high school in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fresno before joining the school district as a substitute teacher in 2012.

The school district made counselors available for grieving students and staff, and planned a vigil in honor of Meadows at the high school Wednesday evening.

[n a statement, Principal Mary Alice Finn said, “Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children.”

Kelsey Breanne Meadows was a Fresno State University alumna.

In a statement, Dr. Michelle Denbeste, dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, said, “The College of Social Sciences is devastated to learn about the tragic and untimely death of Kelsey Meadows. She is remembered by her teachers as an amazing individual who got along well with her peers, was always friendly and cheerful and was a good student. We care deeply for the success and well-being of our students, and we are heartbroken to learn one of our own was a victim of this tragedy. We will extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

 

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  • Calla Marie Medig
  • 28 Years Old
  • Edmonton, Canada

Calla Medig was going to become a manager at Moxie’s restaurant in Edmonton, but before reaching that professional milestone Thursday, she was going to spend some time in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Calla Medig had gone to the Route 91 Music festival for 3 straight years, and decided to go again this year with her friends.

Her boss at Moxie’s, Scott Collingwood, grew concerned Monday morning when he couldn’t reach Calla Medig.

Finally, the friend who was with Calla Medig at the festival called back and told Scott Collingwood the sad news.

“She’s left a huge hole in our hearts,” Scott Collingwood said of Calla Medig adding. “She was an absolute fantastic lady.”

 

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  • James ‘Sonny’ Melton
  • 29 Years Old
  • Tennessee

James ‘Sonny’ Melton was a nurse who saved his wife’s life before losing his own.

“He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” his wife, Heather Melton, told USA Today.

The couple worked at the Henry County Medical Center; she an orthopedic surgeon and he a nurse.

In a statement, Henry County Medical Center CEO Thomas Gee said, “The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families.”

Friends and co-worker say Sonny Melton was such an amazing person and an amazing nurse.

James ‘Sonny’ Melton was reportedly the president of his nursing class at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

 

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  • Patricia Mestas
  • 67 Years Old
  • Menifee, California

Patricia Mestas loved her family and was a country music fanatic.

Patricia Mestas favorite singer was Jason Aldean.

Her family said, “She was at the concert in Las Vegas enjoying he music that she waited so long to go to…happy and excited.”

 

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  • Austin Cooper Meyer
  • 24 Years Old
  • Marina, California

Austin Cooper Meyer was a Seaside High School graduate was celebrating his 24th birthday with his girlfriend at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Austin Cooper Meyer was a big fan of Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, one of the acts performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Austin Cooper Meyer had recently moved to Reno, Nevada to attend Truckee Meadows Community College.

Austin Cooper Meyer was earning a degree in Transportation Technologies.

While living in Marina, Austin Cooper Meyer worked as a driver for Main Event Transportation in Monterey.

 

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  • Adrian Allan Murfitt
  • 35 Years Old
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Adrian Murfitt was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.

Adrian Murfitt worked as a commercial fisherman and was a fan of country music.

Adrian Murfitt decided to travel with longtime friend Brian MacKinnon to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend Sunday’s concert.

 

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  • Rachael Kathleen Parker
  • 33 Years Old
  • Manhattan Beach, California

Rachael Parker was a records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Rachael Parker was among 4 off-duty department employees who attended the concert Sunday night.

“She was just a great, great worker, always happy — definitely had her whole future ahead of her. I’m heartbroken and speechless,” said Manhattan Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kristi Colombo.

 

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  • Jennifer Parks
  • 36 Years Old
  • Lancaster, California

Jennifer Parks had just started her third year of teaching kindergarten at Anaverde Hills School in Palmdale.

Jennifer Parks was attending the Sunday night concert with her husband, who was injured in the shooting,

Jennifer Parks had 2 children: one in the elementary school where she taught and one in high school.

According to Westside Union School District Supt. Regina Rossall, Jennifer Parks was the kind of teacher everybody wants their children to have, and every child in her class was the most important child to her.

The Westside Union School District learned of Parks’ death Monday morning, and the school’s principal asked parents to talk to their children.

According to Westside Union School District Supt. Regina Rossall, Jennifer Parks was “a blessing to our school district and our students. It is just unfortunate that she will not get to share her joy of learning with more students.”

 

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  • Carolyn Lee Parsons
  • 31 Years Old
  • Seattle, Washington

Carolyn Lee Parsons was a huge fan of country music singer Eric Church, who reportedly was playing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night.

As a manager at the Seattle staffing and recruiting firm Ajilon, Carolyn Lee Parsons grew up across Puget Sound on Bainbridge Island.

As a 2004 graduate of Bainbridge High, Carolyn Lee Parsons played on the school’s volleyball and fast-pitch softball teams and earned a college arts scholarship awarded by Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Carolyn Lee Parsons graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with an arts degree and spent a year studying at the Seattle Art Institute.

Carolyn Lee Parsons was an advisor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle and a volunteer for numerous causes including Toys for Tots, the Girl Scouts and Food Lifeline.

 

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  • Lisa Marie Patterson
  • 46 Years Old
  • Lomita, California

Lisa Patterson was a loving mother to 3 children, wife and constant presence at the PV Girls Softball League fields.

Lisa Patterson and her husband Bob spent endless hours with the PV Girls Softball League fields, donating their time and energy to help the girls of our community.

 

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  • John Joseph Phippen
  • 56 Years Old
  • Santa Clarita, California

John Phippen was born in New York and later moved to California.

John Phippen was the owner of JP Specialties, a home remodeling company in Santa Clarita.

John Phippen was dancing next to his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back.

Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car that took them to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where the elder Phippen died from his injuries.

“He was my best friend. He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew,” said Travis.

In the chaotic scene, Travis had been shot in the arm but didn’t realize it until he arrived at the hospital.

Travis is staying with family in the Las Vegas area until the Clark County coroner releases his father’s body.

“We are all kind of in disbelief that it would happen to someone so gentle,” said Travis.

 

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  • Melissa V. Ramirez
  • 26 Years Old
  • Littlerock, California

Melissa Ramirez graduated from California State University, Bakersfield, in 2014, with a degree in business administration.

Melissa Ramirez worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Melissa Ramirez was a sports fan who loved the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and USC Trojans.

 

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  • Jordyn N. Rivera
  • 21 Years Old
  • La Verne, California

Jordyn Rivera was a fourth-year student at Cal State San Bernardino and had spend the summer studying abroad in London.

In a letter to the campus community, University President Tomás D. Morales wrote, “We will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy, and kindness.”

University President Tomás D. Morales said he had spent time with Jordyn Rivera when she was studying abroad.

Jordyn Rivera was a member of the national health education honors society Eta Sigma Gamma and graduated from Bonita High School in La Verne, where she grew up.

 

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  • Quinton Robbins
  • 20 Years Old
  • Henderson, Nevada

Quinton Robbins was a recreation employee for the City of Henderson in Henderson, Nevada.

Quinton Robbins was the oldest of 3 children and a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In a Facebook post early Monday, his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, announced Robbins’ death writing, “My sweetest nephew has passed away. He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.”

 

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  • Cameron Robinson
  • 28 Years Old
  • St. George, Utah

Cameron Robinson was known for being spontaneous, smart and the life of any space he entered.

According to Las Vegas City Atty. Brad Jerbic, his boss and friend, Cameron Robinson grew up in Henderson, Nevada and moved to St. George, Utah, recently to live with his partner.

Las Vegas City Atty. Brad Jerbic said met Cameron Robinson about seven years ago and was immediately impressed.

Cameron Robinson was the resident party planner and was supposed to plan the Christmas party this year.

 

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  • Tara Ann Roe
  • 34 Years Old
  • Alberta, Canada

Tara Ann Roe was the mother of 2 young children.

Tara Ann Roe worked as an educational assistant for the Foothills School Division in Alberta.

Tara Ann Roe spent more than a decade as a model with Sophia Models International.

In a statement, Sophia Models International said, “Sophia Models would like to send out our condolences to Tara Roe’s family and friends. She worked as a model for our agency for over 10 yrs, She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit. We are saddened, shocked and pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.”

 

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  • Lisa Romero-Muniz
  • 48 Years Old
  • Gallup, New Mexico

Lisa Romero worked as a secretary for Gallup-McKinley County Schools in Gallup, New Mexico.

Colleagues remembered Lisa Romero as a loving person who went out of her way to give advice to students.

In a statement, Gallup-McKinley interim superintendent Mike Hyatt said Lisa Romero “was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools. As a colleague, she was also outgoing, kind and considerate of all those she worked with, and we will miss all of these great attributes she shared with students, staff and parents in our community.”

Teachers and administrators at the Miyamura High School, where she was based, visited students in their classrooms Monday to offer support.

 

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  • Christopher (Chris) Louis Roybal
  • 28 Years Old
  • Corona, California

Christopher Roybal was a dog handler for the United States Navy, served in Afghanistan and survived combat.

Christopher Roybal lived in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in Corona, California.

U.S. Navy veteran Christopher Roybal had survived firefights with armed militants in the outer reaches of Afghanistan, and was one week shy of turning 29 when he traveled with his mother, Debbie Allen, to celebrate his birthday.

Christopher Roybal served 5 years in the Navy after enlisting in 2007, a period in which he earned a Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to Navy records.

 

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  • Brett Schwanbeck
  • 61 Years Old
  • Bullhead City, Arizona

Brett Schwanbeck died Tuesday afternoon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had been fighting for his life since Sunday’s deadly shooting.

Brett Schwanbeck is being remembered by family and friends as a “funny, generous, kind, loving” man.

Brett Schwanbeck was a retired truck driver.

Brett Schwanbeck is survived by 5 siblings, 3 kids and 5 grandchildren.

 

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  • Bailey Schweitzer
  • 20 Years Old
  • Bakersfield, California

Bailey Schweitzer started work 7months ago as a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting, a software company in Bakersfield, California where she quickly made an impression.

Bailey Schweitzer was a former high school cheerleader and worked as a receptionist at Infinity Communications.

According to Chief Executive Fred Brakeman, “Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day. No one could possibly have a bad day when Bailey was around. If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed.”

Friends and colleagues decided to hold a candlelight vigil Monday evening at the office where she worked.

 

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  • Laura Anne Shipp
  • 50 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Laura Shipp had such a close bond with her 23 year old son, Corey, that they lived together in Las Vegas, Nevada and were looking to buy a house.

Laura was originally from Thousand Oaks, California, worked at Sierra Air Conditioning as a dispatcher, and loved the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Laura Shipp had many friends and was loved.

The devoted Dodgers fan, Laura Shipp returned to California a few times a year to visit friends.

Laura Shipp, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada 5 years ago, worked for a heating and air condition company.

On Sunday, Laura Shipp was attending the concert in Las Vegas with her son and friends when bullets started flying.

 

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  • Erick Silva
  • 21 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Erick Silva was the type of guy who bought hamburgers for elderly people who found themselves homeless and without supper last Christmas.

Erick Silva was very generous. He liked to help other people.

Erick Silva regularly gave friends rides in his car to tend to errands and even helped a neighbor haul an old sofa to the dump, refusing to accept money in exchange.

According to Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves, Erick Silva lifted concertgoers over a barricade and to safety near the front of the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival where he was stationed Sunday night.

“He was a hero,” said Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves adding, “He was saving lives.”

Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves said Erick Silva, who had been with the company for about three years, was shot several times, including once in the face.

According to Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves, he and others carried Erick Silva’s body away from the shooting zone.

 

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  • Susan Smith
  • 53 Years Old
  • Simi Valley, California

Susan Smith was married with children, and had worked for the district for 16 years.

For most students and visitors to Vista Fundamental Elementary School, Susan Smith was usually the first person they would see when they walked into the school.

According to Simi Valley Unified School District .spokeswoman Jake Finch, “She was the office manager, which means she was the hub of the school. She was the center of it. Everyone who came through those doors she knew. She knew the children, she knew the staff, she knew the parents. She was great with the children, patient and kind. Her loss is huge to us.”

 

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  • Brennan Lee Stewart
  • 30 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Brennan Stewart loved his girlfriend and music.

Brennan Stewart was an avid country fan who wrote and played country music

His family said, “Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself; including up to the moment he lost his life.”

 

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  • Lt. Derrick “Bo” Dean Taylor
  • 56 Years Old
  • Oxnard, California

Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor’s career as a California corrections officer spanned 29 years.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor got started with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1988 at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt, California.

In 1994, Derrick “Bo” Taylor started working at the Wasco State Prison as an officer and transferred a year later to the High Desert State Prison.

By 1997, Derrick “Bo” Taylor was promoted to correctional sergeant at Pleasant Valley State Prison and four years later to correctional lieutenant.

In 2004, Derrick “Bo” Taylor began working as a camp commander for the La Cima Conservation Camp — one of 43 camps in California that houses inmates who fight wildfires.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor stayed there for 10 years before transferring to Ventura Conservation Camp.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor had attended the music festival with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen, who also died.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor is survived by 2 sons.

 

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  • Neysa C. Tonks
  • 46 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Neysa Tonks worked at Technologent, a technology company based in Irvine, and was the mother of 3 boys.

Family and friends say Neysa Tonks brought joy, happiness, fun and laughter to so many people and was always been there for her community in time of need.

 

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  • Michelle Vo
  • 32 Years Old
  • Los Angles, California 

Michelle Vo worked at New York Life Insurance in the Glendale/Pasadena, California area, and had recently become a member of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

She grew up in Northern California and attending U.C. Davis.

Michelle Vo graduated from UC Davis, studied abroad and was employed in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California.

Family described Michelle Vo as a sparkling and adventurous person who relished life.

 

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  • Kurt Allen Von Tillow
  • 55 Years Old
  • Cameron Park, California

Kurt von Tillow is described by family as a great husband and friend, but it might be his laugh that some people will miss most.

Kurt von Tillow had a truck company.

On Monday night, friends, family and neighbors gathered at Cameron Park Country Club to mourn him.

 

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  • William “Bill” W. Wolfe, Jr.
  • 42 Years Old
  • Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Wolfe Jr. was a father of 2 who happily gave up his free time to coach Little League baseball and youth wrestling,

As a youth wrestling coach for the Shippensburg Greyhound wrestling team, Bill Wolfe Jr. was the kind of coach to pull the child aside and tell them what they did right and how proud he was of them and then follow it with a few tips on how to improve.

Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Robyn, went together to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Authorities say Robyn was not injured, but Wolfe Jr. was killed.

Wolfe Jr. is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released a statement about Wolfe Jr. on Tuesday saying, “On behalf of our family and all Pennsylvanians, our hearts go out to the Wolfe family and the entire Shippensburg community.”

 

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Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, Nevada, has put a GoFundMe page together to raise funds to assist the victims of the tragic deadly shooting.

Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific deadly shooting​.

** GoFundMe: Las Vegas Victims Fund: **

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

** You can also find a list of GoFundMe fundraiser pages for the victims of the deadly shooting at the following GoFundMe website address: **

https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/las-vegas-shooting

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. **

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News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada that happened on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

 

** Remembering the Victims: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/news-update-las-vegas-nv-remembering-the-victims-of-the-deadly-shooting-during-the-route-91-harvest-festival/


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** As of 10:06am PT of Sunday, October 8th, 2017: **

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Video show the lights of the Las Vegas Strip will dim to honor the victims and heroes of the tragic deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada that happened a week ago on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

 

** As of 10:00am PT of Sunday, October 8th, 2017: **

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A week after the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, federal agents on Saturday started hauling away the piles of backpacks, purses, baby strollers and lawn chairs left behind when frantic concert-goers scrambled to escape bullets from the gunman who was shooting from his high-rise hotel suite.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) agents fanned out across the crime scene near the Las Vegas Strip throughout the week stacking the belongings left from last Sunday’s deadly shooting into more than a dozen large piles.

Saturday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) agents were seen loading the items onto dollies and into the back of a white truck.

Authorities have said they plan to return the belongings to people in the next week.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said investigators had “looked at literally everything” and still do not have a clear motive.

Investigators have chased 1,000 leads and examined Paddock’s politics, finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior — typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings.

Authorities have even put up billboards asking anyone with information to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) at: 1 (800) CALL-FBI.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don’t think Paddock had an accomplice in the deadly shooting, but they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand.

A federal official tells NBC News that in their effort to find any hint of his motive, investigators were looking into whether he was with a prostitute days before the shooting, scrutinizing cruises he took and trying to make sense of a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it found in his hotel room.

The United States official briefed by federal law enforcement officers wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official said investigators were interviewing other call girls for information and looking into at least a dozen cruises Paddock took in the last few years, including one to the Middle East.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill noted that in past mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer, or even phoned police, and what his officers have found is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously.

Authorities say Paddock requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival, stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon, and set up cameras inside and outside his room to watch for approaching officers.

Authorities also say Paddock reportedly bought 1,000 rounds of the .308-caliber and .223-caliber tracer ammunition from a private buyer he met at a Phoenix gun show.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said investigators are looking into Paddock’s mental health and any medications he was on.

According to a federal official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) agents on Wednesday that she had not seen indications he could become violent. Marilou Danley said she was unaware of any plans Paddock had when he sent her overseas to see family in her native Philippines.

Marilou Danley was out of the country at the time of the deadly shooting and has been labeled a “person of interest,” though she’s not in police custody and is cooperating with authorities.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT of Friday, October 6th, 2017: **

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People continue to gather in front of crosses with each of the 58 victims’ names who lives were taken away in the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Candle light vigils and memorials were also in the last few days in the victims’ communities.

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence visited Las Vegas, Nevada offering prayers and encouragement for a community reeling days after a gunman went on a killing rampage at an outdoor country music festival along the Las Vegas Strip.

Vice President Mike Pence visit come days after President Trump arrived here to meet with victims and first responders.

Vice President Mike Pence, with several local elected officials, including Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, spoke from a lectern inside City Hall, where he emphasized that the country stands united with the Las Vegas, Nevada community.

“No evil — no act of violence — will ever diminish the strength and goodness of the American people. We are united as one nation, as one people, with one voice — united in our grief, united in our support for those who have suffered, and united in our resolve to end such evil in our time,” said Vice President Mike Pence adding, “When one part of America cries out for help we always come together to answer the call.… Today we are all Vegas strong.”

The Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks came at the conclusion of a unity prayer walk among local elected officials and residents in memory of the 58 people killed and nearly 500 injured on during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, fired hundreds of rounds at the crowd from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel room.

 

** As of 10:00pm PT of Friday, October 6th, 2017: **

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said on Friday that law enforcement don’t believe anyone entered the room at Mandalay Bay prior to the shooting carried out by Stephen Paddock last Sunday night.

The shooting that killed 58 people was the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

Earlier, senior law enforcement sources said investigators were puzzled by a charger that did not appear to match any of Paddock’s cellphones.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were able to match all of the cell phone chargers found in the room with multiple cell phones that Paddock had with him.

“He was the only shooter; I’m very confident of that. I’m also confident that there were no other people in the room leading up to this event,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill.

A motive in the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival remains elusive.

“This agency wants to give answers. We owe it to the victims and the victims’ families. It’s really a frustrating piece of this investigation,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill.

During the press conference on Friday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said they did not think there was a second shooter, but then said it was unclear whether or not Paddock had help.

“We’re very confident that there was not another shooter in that room. What I cannot confirm to you today, and what we continue to investigate is, whether anybody else may have known about this incident before he carried it out,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said they also found approximately 50 pounds of tannerite and ammonium nitrate — materials that can be used to make explosive devices — in the gunman’s car, but it did not appear that Paddock had assembled the material into an improvised explosive device.

NBC News is reporting that senior law enforcement officials said Paddock had researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago, including the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August.

NBC News is also reporting that law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation said they had learned Paddock approached an ammunition dealer wanting to buy a large quantity of tracer rounds at a gun show in Phoenix last month.

The dealer (Not Named) did not have the quantity Paddock wanted, so Paddock did not end up buying anything from him.

The dealer told law enforcement that Paddock was neatly dressed and polite, and did not say anything that would raise a red flag.

Paddock gave the dealer the impression that he wanted the tracer rounds for recreational use with friends.

Law enforcement learned of the encounter because Paddock had an ammunition box bearing the dealer’s name.

Law enforcement are also examining Paddock’s finances. IRS records show that Paddock was a successful gambler, earning at least $5 million in 2015. Some of that could be from other investments, but most of it was from gambling, officials say.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill said investigators have not found any connection between Paddock and ISIS, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim it made without offering any proof and the terror group’s claim has been widely discounted.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill also said Investigators have not determined a motive and have been looking at “everything” including Paddock’s personal life, finances, or any political affiliations in searching for a motive behind the attack.

“We have been down each and every single one of these paths, trying to determine ‘why,'” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahill, adding that the investigation will continue and would focus on facts and not rumors or assumptions.

“In the past, terror attacks or mass murder incidents — motive was made very clear. Very clear in most of those cases by a note that was left, by a social media post, by a telephone call that was made, by investigators mining computer data. Today, in our investigation, we don’t have any of that uncovered. I wish we did,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Kevin McMahil.

 

** As of 9:00pm PT of Friday, October 6th, 2017: **

Video from NBC News shows 58 crosses are lined up near the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign in honor of the lives taken in Sunday’s deadly shooting.

 

 

** As of 9:00pm PT of Thursday, October 5th, 2017: **

​​​​Clark County Coroner releases official list of decedents from the deadly shooting incident on the Las Vegas Strip.

** Clark County Coroner Website: **

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/public-communications/Pages/Clark-County-Coroner-Releases-Names-of-Deceased-from-Oct–1-Mass-Shooting.aspx

 

** As of 9:00am PT of Thursday, October 5th, 2017: **

Firefighters hold news conference about the fire and EMS response to Sunday’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

** As of 5:00pm PT of Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: **

A press conference was held on latest information regarding the deadly shooting, including providing a timeline of what happened that night.

 

** As of 12:00pm PT of Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: **

 

The United States of America President Donald Trump is at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

** As of 9:47am PT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: **

The United States of America President Donald Trump has arrived to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with first responders and victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

 

** As of 8:40am PT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: **

Video from NBC News shows United States of America President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are leaving for Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with first responders and victims.

United States of America President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are planning to arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada after 9:30am PT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.

“We’re going to pay our respects… It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

 

NBC News is reporting that the United States Senators will introduce bill to ban bump stocks, other devices that emulate fully automatic fire.

 

** As of 2:00am PT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: **

Video from NBC News show Marilou Danley, girlfriend of the gunman, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport last night in Los Angeles, California.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: **

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have released body cam footage from night of the deadly shooting.

Pictures from NBC News of the weapon and outside the hotel room where the deadly shooting took place.

 

** As of 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: **

Press conference is being held on latest information regarding the deadly shooting.

 

 

** As of 1:00pm PT on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: **

Press conference is being held on latest information regarding the deadly shooting.


** As of 7:00am PT on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: **

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Vigils for the victims lost in the deadly shooting were held last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A vigil was held in front of the Las Vegas City Hall to remember the innocent lives.

** Video from NBC News: **

Another vigil was held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with candles lit for each of the victims.

Across the nation and internationally, people are mourning the victims and standing with the people of Las Vegas, Nevada.

American flags from Los Angeles, California to Washington, District of Columbia were lowered to half-mast well the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France went dark in rememberce of the innocent lives lost Sunday night.

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A moment of silence was done in front of the White House with the president and first lady pausing to remember the victims.

As people mourn the loss of the victims, people are giving thanks to the many people who help get people to safety and rushed over to help save lives.

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Hours after the deadly shooting, people rushed to blood banks to donate blood for the victims of the deadly shooting.

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The long lines continue at blood banks with people waiting for hours to give blood to those victims who remain in the hospital.

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, Nevada said there are 6 to 8 hour wait at blood banks.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel reports that at least 45 people remain in critical condition.

Donation are also coming in money as donations to help the victims of the deadly shooting continue to raise lots of money.

An official GoFundMe raising money for victims of the shooting in Las Vegas killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 has raised more than $3 million.

According to the statement on the GoFundMe page,  “I’m Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. We are raising funds to assist the victims of the tragic Las Vegas shooting. I spent last night with Sheriff Lombardo at Clark County’s only level-one trauma center. Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting​.”

** GoFundMe: Las Vegas Victims Fund: **

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

As we all have seen recently and in pass tragedies, no matter what evil strikes, the good and kindness of people will always conquer and win over evil.


** As of 11:00pm PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The public is learning more about the evil shooter, 64 year old Stephen Paddock, in the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegsa, Nevada.

Stephen Paddock had a recent live-in girlfriend and 2 ex-wives, his father was a notorious fugitive bank robber, and had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals.

His life is the subject of a sprawling investigation into what drove him to show up at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with at least 10 suitcases filled with guns and open fire from his 32nd floor suite on a country music festival.

Law enforcement and family members could not explain what would motivate a one-time accountant with no known criminal record to inflict so much carnage.

The gunman killed himself in the hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino before authorities arrived and before shooting at authorities before entering the hotel room.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Stephen Paddock had 23 guns at the hotel, including semiautomatic rifles, and 19 at his home along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said some of the rifles had scopes and that authorities found 2 gun stocks that could have let him modify weapons to make them fully automatic.

Authorities also searched a 2 bedroom home Paddock owned in a retirement community in Reno, Nevada, 500 miles from Mesquite, Nevada.

While Stephen Paddock appeared to have no criminal history, his father was a notorious bank robber.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and wound up on the agency’s most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968, when Stephen Paddock was a teen.

The oldest of 4 children, Stephen Paddock was 7 years old when his father was arrested for the robberies.

Property records show in 2015, Stephen Paddock bought his one-story, three-bedroom home in a newly built Mesquite subdivision for $369,000.

Past court filings and recorded deeds in California and Texas suggest he co-owned rental property.

According to Mesquite Police Departmen Lt. Brian Parrish, Stephen Paddock previously lived in Mesquite, Texas — from 2004 to 2012, and owned at least three separate rental properties.

Lt. Brian Parrish said there was no indication the police department had any contact with him over that time.

Stephen Paddock has been divorced at least twice, including marriages that ended in 1980 and 1990.

** As of 1:00pm PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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Authorities say that 58 people are dead and 515 people were injured in the deadly shooting.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.), “We’ve determined no connection to an international terrorist group.”

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A picture of Stephen Craig Paddock, the suspect in the deadly shooting, has been release.

NBC News is reporting that the shooter made gambling transactions worth “tens of thousands of dollars” in recent weeks.

NBC News is also reporting that the shooter shooter is son of Benjamin Paddock, bank robber once on Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) most-wanted list.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have found Marilou Danley, who was being sought for questioning.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Marilou Danley has spoken to authorities, and she said she was overseas at the time of the deadly shooting.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Marilou Danley was not believed to have been involved.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is informing the public that if you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the shooting, please visit the Labor Health and Welfare Clinic, located at 7135 W Sahara Avenue, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If you live in the Colorado River Tri-State area, United Blood Service will be setting up blood donation sites so that the public can help the victims of the deadly shooting by donating blood.

** Blood Drive Schedule and Locations: **

– Laughlin, Nevada:

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

From 11:00am To 3:00pm MST

2840 Needles Highway

– Kingman, Arizona:

Kingman Academy High School

From 9:00am to 3:00pm MST

3420 North Burbank Street

All local Blood Drive activities are subject to change, please check their website for updated dates and locations.

Please find a blood bank near you on the United Blood Bank website below and donate for our donation is critical during this time of tragedy in our community.

http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/

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Reports of long lines of people wanting to help the victims in the deadly shooting by donating their blood to them.

 

** As of 9:17am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The flags at the White House and United States Capitol were lowered to half-staff following the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

** As of 7:53am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump speaks to the nation regarding the deadly shooting during a country music event.

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President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday,  October 4th, 2017 to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and with families of the victims.

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“We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace,” said President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump.

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The White House then issued a proclamation following regarding the shooting.

 

** As of 7:18am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

The Los Angeles Police Department is continuing to monitor the situation in Las Vegas, Nevada and tweeted, “Our thought/prayers are with those affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting. One #LAPD off duty ofcr shot & expected to recover #PrayForVegas“.

 

** As of 7:00am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has 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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According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Stephen Craig 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 at approximately 10:08pm PT on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

Footage from NBC News shows the broken window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel where the gunman fired down at the music festival crowd.

The victims in the shooting were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 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 the shooting.

Among the dead is an Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer who was off-duty at the time.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the officer’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is also saying that there were also 2 on-duty officers injured; one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition and the other sustained non-life threatening wounds.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 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)CALL-FBI or 1 (800) 225-5324.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 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 number is 1 (866) 535-5654 and is only to take reports on missing people.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has also opened up a family reunification center at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters at 400 South Martin L. King Boulevard, in Building B, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department wants the public to know that if anybody wishing to help the victims in the deadly shooting, please asked to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting.

United Blood Services will start taking donations at 7:00am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 6930 West Charleston in Las Vegas, Nevada and at 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson, Nevada.

University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services.

It will be held at University Medical Center’s Delta Point Building located at 901 North Rancho Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Latest Press Release: **

https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/Press%20Releases/PO%20235%2010-02-17.pdf

There will be updates as to the exact time of the blood drive as more information is available.

 

** As of 4:00am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say for families looking to locate missing loved ones, please call: 1 (866) 535-5654.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking anybody with videos or pictures from the shooting to please provide those videos or pictures to law enforcement.

The public can contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at: 1 (702) 828-3111 or drop off those videos and pictures off at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say that Flamingo Road is open both directions, but Tropicana Road and Russell Road remain closed at this moment.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also say that hotels and casinos are open for traffic except at the Mandalay Bay.

** As of 2:00am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say that 50 people are dead and over 200 people were injured in the shooting.

ZachNews has learn that an off-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival was killed in the shooting and at least 2 on-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer were injured in the shooting; an officer is in stable condition after surgery and another officer sustained minor injuries.

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The Bakersfield Police Department has confirmed in a press release that several off-duty officers were wounded in shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say for families looking to locate missing loved ones, please call: 1 (866) 535-5654.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say that near by freeways have been reopened for traffic, but the off ramps heading eastbound remain closed from Sahara Avenue to Russell Road.

 

** As of 12:00am PT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017: **

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can confirmed that the suspect is dead and is “a local resident”, but the suspect’s identity or the suspect’s resident location wasn’t release to the news media.

NBC News is reporting that the shooter has been identified as 64 year old Stephen Paddock.

According to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo , the shooter was on 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and is dead.

I believe it’s a lone wolf acting out,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 is also reporting that the suspect may have been from Mesquite, Nevada.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say that at this moment, they do not believe there are any more shooters.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has also confirmed that there was no explosion or suspicious vehicle at the Luxor Resort and Casino.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is looking for 62 year old Marilou Danley.

Marilou Danley is described as an Asian woman, 4’11” and 111lbs.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say they do not yet know if Marilou Danley played a part in the shooting at Mandalay Bay, but are interested in speaking with her.

** Picture from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: **

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is also searching for 2 vehicles; a Chrysler Pacifica with Nevada license plate: 79D-401 and a 2017 Hyundai Tucson (Pictured Above) with Nevada license plate: 114-B40.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say if anybody with any information on her whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Sunday, October 1st, 2017: **

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There has been a shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The initial shots were reported around 10:30pm PT on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 has live news coverage of the shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

At least 2 set of municipal shots were heard during the Route 91 Harvest Festival near the Las Vegas Strip.

Another video from Blake Apgar‏ on Twitter from along the sidewalk and gunshots can be heard.

Another video from @Vincestagramen on Instagram when the shots rang out sending people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival ducking and running for safety.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public to please stay away from the Las Vegas Strip area.

Authorities are clearing the area, including moving people out of the area on buses.

Several roads in the Las Vegas Strip area are closed because of the situation.

Interstate 15 is closed to traffic at this time from Tropicana Road to Russell Road.

According to McCarran International Airport, limited flight activity has resumed.

McCarran International Airport ask the public to please monitor flight status with your airline and to expect on going delays.

** Tweets regarding Deadly Shooting: **

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Following the deadly shooting, messages of thoughts and prayers have appear on Twitter.

The Mandalay Bay Resort has posted a statement and tweet on their Twitter page regarding the shooting.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweet on their Twitter page regarding the shooting, “Our condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones tonight. Thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragedy.

Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, has tweeted, “Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now.

Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada, has tweeted, “A tragic & heinous act of violence has shaken the #Nevada family. Our prayers are w/ the victims & all affected by this act of cowardice.

Dean Heller, Nevada United States Senator, has tweeted, “Senseless, horrifying act of violence in Las Vegas tonight. Praying for all the victims & those impacted by the tragedy.”

Dina Titus‏, First District of Nevada Congresswoman for the United States House of Representative, has tweeted, “I’m monitoring the situation on Las Vegas Blvd. Follow @LVMPD for updates. My thoughts and prayers are with all impacted.”

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, has tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!

Melania Trump, First Lady, has tweeted, “My heart and prayers goes out to victims, families & loved ones! #PrayForLasVegas.”

Barack Obama, Former President of the United States of America, has tweeted, “Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.

UK Prime Minister, has tweeted, “PM – The UK’s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas.”

 

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story.

News Alert!!: Houston, TX: Hurricane Harvey: Helping Houston.

News Alert!!: Houston, TX: Hurricane Harvey: Helping Houston.

Join NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 and Telemundo 52 as they will be raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims.

American Red Cross volunteers as well as reporters from both NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 and Telemundo 52 will be taking your calls from 6:00am to 7:00pm PT on Friday, September 1st, 2017.

Please donate to help the people of Houston, Texas.

Please call: 1 (855) 622- 5248 to donate at our local phone bank.

Please text: “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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News Update!!: Houston, TX: Latest Information: Hurricane Harvey.

News Update!!: Houston, TX: Latest Information: Hurricane Harvey.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding Hurricane Harvey that hit communities across southeast Texas since slamming the coastline late Friday.

Hurricane Harvey has caused a path of destruction ripping apart homes, deluging highways, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, and taking lives.

** Live News Coverage: **

  • NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2:

https://www.click2houston.com/live/watch-live-kprc-2-news

  • NBC News:

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/watch-live-hurricane-harvey-coverage-1032284739640

 

** Latest Information: **

**** As of 11:00pm PT on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017: ****

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  • After having drenched Texas and Louisiana, Harvey is expected to speed over the Ohio Valley during the Labor Day weekend.
  • At this moment, at least 43 deaths have been attributed to the storm as of Friday night.
  • At this moment, Texas’ governor said Friday that more than 42,000 people across Texas were in shelters Thursday night.
  • At this moment, at least 20,100 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.
  • Mandatory evacuation ordered for west Houston residents along Buffalo Bayou, have water in homes by Sunday. Residents between Highway 6 and Gessner, and Interstate 10 and Briar Forest *with a flooded home* are required to evacuate at 7:00am CT Sunday.
  • Kingwood High School won’t reopen for school year; students to attend Summer Creek High School. Houston ISD officials estimate 10,000 to 12,000 students will need to be temporarily moved when classes start.

 

**** As of 12:00pm PT on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017: ****

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  • United States of America President Donald Trump touches down in Texas, where he will survey damage from Hurricane Harvey. President Trump then helps passes out meals to Harvey victims at Houston shelter. President Trump loads a man’s pickup truck with supplies in Houston.
  • At this moment, at least 41 deaths have been attributed to the storm as of Friday night.
  • After having drenched Texas and Louisiana, Harvey is expected to speed over the Ohio Valley during the Labor Day weekend.
  • At this moment, more than 42,000 people across Texas were in shelters Thursday night, Texas’ governor said Friday.
  • At this moment, at least 20,100 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.

 

 

 

**** As of 10:00pm PT on Friday, September 1st, 2017: ****

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  • At this moment, at least 41 deaths have been attributed to the storm as of Friday night.
  • After having drenched Texas and Louisiana, Harvey is expected to speed over the Ohio Valley during the Labor Day weekend.
  • At this moment, Texas’ governor said Friday that more than 42,000 people across Texas were in shelters Thursday night.
  • At this moment, at least 20,100 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.

  • A chemical plant that was flooded after Harvey catches fire again late Friday. NBC News is reporting that the United States Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that “no high levels of toxic chemical have been detected” at a Texas chemical plant that exploded and again caught fire earlier that day following problems caused by flooding by Hurricane Harvey. The EPA said an emergency response surveillance aircraft flew through the smoke of the new fire at the Arkema Inc. plant that broke out Friday afternoon. The chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, located northeast of Houston, Texas, first exploded early Thursday, triggering an intense fire. Residents within a mile-and-a-half of the facility were evacuated on Tuesday over concerns that about an explosion or fire. “Imagery reviewed in the aircraft clearly shows a strong fire that is west of the building that burned yesterday,” the EPA said after Friday’s fire. “Preliminary analysis of data is showing that although the fire has extreme intensity generating smoke, no high levels of toxic chemical have been detected.”
  • NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2 is reporting that West Houston residents who live along Buffalo Bayou and have water in their homes should leave. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday that engineers believe water releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in west Harris County will continue for at least 10 days, but could last as long as 15 days. He said personal safety and the strain on first responders are the primary reasons for the evacuation request. The voluntary evacuation of homes and apartments is for the area west of Gessner, east of Highway 6, south of I-10 Katy Freeway and north of Briar Forest. Houston fire Chief Sam Pena said most people in the affected area west of Gessner Road have already evacuated, but there are pockets where people have remained. Houston police Chief Art Acevedo assured homeowners who have not left their home that officers will protect the neighborhoods that have been flooded. Turner said emergency crews will shuttle residents to a shelter if needed. The mayor said that even though his request is voluntary, he reserves the right to make it mandatory if the situation warrants.
  • F.E.M.A. are warning residents effected by Hurricane Harvey to watch out for people impersonating City of Houston and Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors. NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2 is reporting that the impostors are reportedly knocking on doors and attempting to enter homes, presumably intending to rob residents, city officials said. More News Headlines Renters find issues with flood-damaged units, property Navy helicopters rescue flood victims President Trump set to visit Houston area Saturday How to recover photos after a flood “Both FEMA and Houston employees wear clearly labeled FEMA or city of Houston photo identification badges,” the city said in a statement. City officials said members of the public who encounter such individuals should ask to see their properly labeled identification. Anyone who suspects someone of posing as a city of Houston employee or FEMA inspector is asked to call 911 if it is an emergency. Otherwise, city officials said to report possible FEMA impersonators by calling the toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at: 1 (866) 720-5721.

  • A video posted on the NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2 Twitter Page shows a tattered and torn, tired and shaken, a Texas and American flags still stands waving after Hurricane Harvey.

 

**** As of 9:00pm PT on Thursday, August 31st, 2017: ****

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  • Harvey made landfall again as a tropical storm around 5:00am ET on Wednesday about 5 miles west of Cameron, Louisiana. Now as a tropical depression, Harvey is with maximum winds of about 20 mph, it was about 30 miles northwest of Greenwood, Mississippi, at 5:00pm ET late Thursday. After having drenched Texas and Louisiana, Harvey is expected to speed over the Ohio Valley during the Labor Day weekend.
  • At this moment, 280 tornado warnings issued as a result of Harvey including one for this twister in Pickens County, Alabama.
  • At this moment, at least 38 deaths have been attributed to the storm as of Thursday night.
  • The Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas has suffered at least 2 explosions. NBC News is reporting that initial fears that a chemical plant fire burning outside of Houston on Thursday has sent a stream of hazardous black smoke into the sky were minimized as the company and local officials downplayed any widespread threat to public health. After an aircraft was sent to monitor the aftermath of 2 explosions at the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, the Environmental Protection Agency said the data collected showed there were “no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time.” Arkema officials warned Thursday morning of the possibility of further blasts, saying eight more containers storing a highly volatile chemical known as organic peroxide is expected to degrade. The organic peroxide produced at the plant is used in products such as kitchen countertops, industrial paints, polystyrene cups and plates, and PVC piping. “These things can burn very quickly and violently; it would not be unusual for them to explode,” Arkema executive Richard Rennard said at a news conference, adding that the explosions were more like popping noises caused when the containers built up with pressure. Authorities say a fire that was reported at around 2:00am CT on Thursday sent smoke billowing about 30 to 40 feet into the air.
  • At this moment, more than 32,000 people across Texas were in shelters Wednesday, Texas’ governor said.
  • At this moment, at least 20,100 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.
  • NBC News is reporting that the Trump administration expected to send initial request to Congress of at least $5.5 billion to aid Harvey.

 

 

**** As of 1:40pm PT on Thursday, August 31st, 2017: ****

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  • Tropical depression Harvey is with maximum winds of about 35 mph, Harvey was about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria, Louisiana, at 8:00pm ET. After having drenched Texas and Louisiana, Harvey is expected to speed over the Ohio Valley during the Labor Day weekend.
  • At this moment, at least 28 confirmed deaths have been attributed to the storm.
  • The Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby has suffered two explosions, the company said. A deputy was taken to hospital after inhaling fumes and nine others drove themselves to hospital as a precaution.
  • At this moment, Texas’ Governor said that more than 32,000 people across Texas were in shelters Wednesday.
  • At this moment, at least 20,100 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.
  • According to the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump has pledged to donate $1 million of his own money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

 

**** As of 9:20pm PT on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017: ****

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  • As a tropical storm, Harvey made landfall again Wednesday morning in Louisiana and as of late Wednesday, Harvey is now a Tropical Depression. Tropical Depression Harvey is with maximum winds of about 35 mph, it was about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria, Louisiana, at 8:00pm ET. at 6 mph and has now made landfall again in southeast Texas.
  • Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday evening.
  • At this moment, at least 24 confirmed deaths have been attributed the storm.
  • At this moment, more than 286,000 customers are without power.
  • The American Red Cross reports 17,000 people sought refuge in shelters overnight.
  • At least 18,600 people have been rescued from water across southeast Texas.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • Houston mayor imposed an indefinite from 10:00pm to 5:00am CT curfew.

**** As of 4:40pm PT on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017: ****

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  • Tropical Storm Harvey is with maximum winds of about 40 mph, made landfall again around 5:00am ET on Wednesday about 5 miles west of Cameron, Louisiana. It was about 50 miles north of Lake Charles, Louisiana, at 5:00pm ET. Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday evening.
  • At this moment, at least 21 people have been confirmed dead attributed to the storm.
  • Harris County Sheriff Officials confirmed on Wednesday that at 6 bodies were found inside a van in Greens Bayou, Texas. The van carrying an elderly couple and four great-grandchildren was swept away by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters and was found submerged in a bayou.
  • At this moment, 18,600 rescued across Texas.
  • At this moment, 17,000 sought refuge in shelters.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • At this moment, more than 286,000 customers are without power.
  • NBC News is reporting that one of the world’s largest chemical companies warned Wednesday that its flooded plant near Houston will likely catch fire and explode in the next few days — and there’s nothing the company can do about it. Arkema Group’s plant in Crosby, Texas, located about 20 miles northeast of Houston, was inundated by more than 40 inches of rain by Hurricane Harvey and has been without electricity since Sunday, the company, based in Colombes, France, said in a statement. The plant manufactures organic peroxides commonly used in everyday products like kitchen countertops, industrial paints, polystyrene cups and plates and PVC piping. The materials must be kept very cool, but refrigerators for the plant’s low-temperature containers are out of commission, and backup generators were also swamped, meaning “the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real,” the company said. All residents within 1½ miles of the plant were evacuated on Tuesday. The National Guard was on the scene, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security set up a command post near the site. “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water throughout the plant. We’ve lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. And as a result, critical refrigeration needed for our materials on site is lost,” Richard Rowe, chief executive of the company’s North America operatives, said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. “Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent and intense fire,” Rowe said. “The high water that exists on site and the lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”

 

**** As of 7:00am PT on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017: ****

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  • Tropical Storm Harvey is with maximum winds of about 50 mph, made landfall again around 5:00am ET on Wednesday about 5 miles west of Cameron, Louisiana. Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday evening.
  • At this moment, 9 people have been confirmed dead attributed to the storm, including 7 people who drown. Among the dead is a Houston Police Department Officer.
  • At this moment, more than 286,000 customers are without power.
  • The American Red Cross reported 17,000 people sought refuge in shelters overnight.
  • At this moment, at least 18,600 people rescued from water across southeast Texas.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • The Woodforest Bridge over Greens Bayou in east Houston has collapsed.

 

**** As of 10:40pm PT on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017: ****

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  • Houston police officer dies in Harvey’s floodwaters. The Houston Police Department wrote on their Facebook page, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic in the line of duty death of Sergeant Steve Perez. Sergeant Perez was bravely serving the City of Houston in the face of this unprecedented weather-related disaster when his vehicle entered high water. The death of Sergeant Perez reminds us of the dangers that police officers willingly face every day in order to serve this great City. We will go through this extremely difficult and trying time with heavy hearts sadly reminded of the ultimate sacrifice one of our own paid. Words cannot adequately express the sense of loss the Perez family and their extended Houston Police family are experiencing. Our hearts and prayers go out to Sergeant Perez’s family, his friends, neighbors and colleagues. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, a grown son and daughter, and extended family. We ask that everyone keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. We are proud of the courage of this 34-year veteran. Like Steve, we will not waiver and we will not stop until we meet the immediate safety and security needs of the community Steve and his HPD family love to serve.”

 

**** As of 10:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017: ****

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  • Tropical Storm Harvey is with maximum winds of about 50 mph, was about 60 miles south-southwest of Cameron, Louisiana, at 11:00pm ET on Tuesday and was moving northeast at about 6 mph. It is expected to remain offshore in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall again in southeast Texas, on Wednesday. Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday evening.
  • At this moment, at least 9 people have been confirmed died attributed directly the storm, including 7 people of them drownings.
  • At this moment, more than 240,000 customers are without power.
  • The American Red Cross reports 17,000 people sought refuge in shelters overnight.
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that the doors to Toyota Center will be open to evacuees due to help alleviate some of the crowding at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • The Woodforest Bridge over Greens Bayou in east Houston has collapsed.
  • Houston mayor has announced modified curfew to run from 12:00am to 5:00am CT.
  • According to NBC News, United States of America President Trump waves Texas flag, tells Corpus Christi crowd “we love you. You are special.” Though he praised the Texas governor and those on the ground for their work, Trump acknowledged it was not yet time to congratulate on a job well done. “We won’t say congratulations,” he told those seated with him at a fire station in Corpus Christi. “We don’t want to do that, we don’t want to congratulate. We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.” Outside the fire house after the briefing, Trump stood between two fire trucks to greet a sizable gathering of people — “what a crowd, what a turn out,” he remarked — and he applauded the “total cooperative effort” on the ground in Texas. He drew cheers when he waved the Texas state flag. “We love you. You are special. We are here to take care of you,” the president said, calling the storm “historic” and “epic.” “It happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything,” Trump said.

 

**** As of 7:00am PT on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017: ****

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  • United States of America President Donald Trump touched down in Texas on Tuesday to survey recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.  Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other administration officials, landed on Air Force One in Corpus Christi, where they will meet with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and receive a briefing on relief efforts. The president will then travel to Austin to tour the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center and receive an update from state leaders. Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn will also join the group in Corpus Christi, the White House said.
  • United States of America President Donald Trump has declared a disaster in five parishes ahead of the storm’s arrival in Louisiana.
  • At this moment, more than 260,000 customers are without power.Heavy rain from what was Hurricane Harvey continues to pound flooded cities like Houston.
  • A major dam in Houston has spilled over for the first time in history after Harvey’s rains inundated its reservoir. About 90 minutes later, a levee in Brazoria County, just south of Houston, was also breached. In Houston, the water level surpassed the top of Addicks Dam just before 8 a.m. CT, when it rose to 108.1 feet, exceeding the reservoir’s capacity of 108 feet. Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Jay Townsend tells NBC News that water will now flow into uncontrolled runoff areas around the dam. From there, it will spread into already rain-swollen streets and eventually into the Buffalo Bayou, a narrow body of water that runs through Downtown Houston.
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office tell people still stuck in flooded areas, “If you see boats or trucks getting residents out near you, GET ON. They may not be able to get back”.
  • At least 11 people rescued after boat capsizes near Cypress. NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2 reporting that 11 people were rescued Tuesday after a boat capsized near Cypress in northwest Harris County. A spokesman for the Cypress-Fairbanks Volunteer Fire Department said the boat, which was being operated by a good Samaritan, was carrying 11 people when it flipped near Highway 290 and Fry Road.
  • Tropical Storm Harvey is with maximum winds of about 45 mph, was around 100 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas, at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday and was slowly moving back toward coastal waters.
  • Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to remain offshore in the Gulf of Mexico before turning back north toward southeast Texas on Wednesday.
  • Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday morning.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • At least 5 Texas prisons have evacuated nearly 6,000 inmates since Saturday due to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Texas Department of Criminal Justice Spokesman Robert Hurst tells NBC News that at approximately 12:00am CT on Tuesday in Fort Bend County, 1,400 inmates at the Jester 3 and Carol S. Vance prison units began boarding buses to be moved out of affected areas. They will be relocated to other Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities. Fort Bend County is located just southwest of Houston. Those inmates join an estimated 4,500 others who were evacuated on Saturday from Terrell, Stringfellow and Ramsey prison units in Brazoria County, which is located south of Houston along the Texas coast. Officials began the evacuations because the five prisons are at risk of flooding due to their proximity to the rising Brazos River,

 

**** As of 10:00pm PT on Monday, August 28th, 2017: ****

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  • At this moment, at least 7 people have died and that amount is expected to rise.
  • At this moment, 2,000 people have been rescued and more rescues are still going on.
  • At this moment, 250 roads, highways, and interstates are closed.
  • At this moment, 290,000 people are without power.
  • At this moment, 6.8 million people have been affected.
  • At this moment, 13 million people are under flood watches.
  • Tropical Storm Harvey, what was Hurricane Harvey, is with winds of 45 mph, is about 70 miles east of Port O’Connor, Texas, and is slowly moving back toward coastal waters.
  • Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to remain offshore through Tuesday before resurging in the Gulf of Mexico and turning back north toward southeast Texas for another landfall on Wednesday.
  • Bands of heavy rain are expected to persist over the next several days, with parts of Texas and Louisiana facing record rainfall through at least Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.
  • Flash flood warnings remain in effect for parts of the Houston region through Tuesday morning, and almost 300,000 customers are without power.
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from both major Houston-area dams — something that has never been done before.
  • United States of America President Donald Trump is expected to visit two Texas cities for updates on the devastating flooding that has paralyzed the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The White House announced late Monday that the president and First Lady Melania Trump will depart Tuesday morning for Corpus Christi, where they’ll receive a briefing on relief efforts by local leaders and relief organizations.

 

** Additional Important Information: **

**** List of Houston, Texas Area Shelters: ****
Here are a list of available shelters in and around the Houston, Texas area.
Alief Taylor High School

7555 Howell Sugar Land R

Houston, Texas 77083
Angleton Most Holy Trinity Church

1713 N Tinsley St
Bell County Expo Center

301 West Loop

Belton, Texas 76513
Beyond Walls Outreach Center

11214 Plainsfields Street

Houston
BF Terry High School

5500 Avenue N

Rosenberg, Texas 77471
Bull Salas Park – At capacity

21679 McCleskey Road

New Caney 77357
Calvary Houston Church (200 people)

3700 FM 528 Rd

Friendswood, TX 77546
Central Elementary School

1900 N Downing St

Angleton, TX 77515
Channelview High School

1100 Sheldon Rd

Channelview, Texas 77530

(281) 452-1450
Christ United Methodist Church

3300 Austin Parkway

Sugar Land
Church of Christ Champions (70 people)

13901 Cutten Rd

Houston, Texas
Church Project (Capacity 200)

295 Sawdust Rd

Spring, Texas
Cinco Ranch High School (At capacity)

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, TX 77494
City of Arcola Community Center (City Hall)

13222 Highway 6

Rosharon
City on a Hill Church

3902 Cochran Street

Houston, TX 77009

713-775-1749 (in need of supplies)
Clear Brook High School

4607 FM 2351

Friendswood, Texas 77546
Clute Intermediate School (Pets welcome)

421 E. Main Street

Clute, Texas 77531
Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD Jones Educational Complex

125 FM 1514

Coldspring, TX 77331
College Park High School

3701 College Park Drive

The Woodlands
Community of Faith Church

1024 Pinemont Drive

Houston, Texas 77091
Copeland Elementary

24405 E Lake Houston Pkwy.

Huffman 77336
Copperfield Church (Open as shelter)

8350 Hwy 6 N

Houston, Texas  77095

(281) 856-2273
Creekside Christian Fellowship

16628 TX-36

Needville
Crosby Middle School

14703 FM 2100

Crosby, Texas
Dar Ul Uloom School of Excellence

16300 Old Richmond Road

Sugar Land, Houston, TX 77498
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center

6402 Market Street

Houston Texas 77020

832.395.0895
Dickinson High School

3800 Baker Drive

Dickinson, Texas
Eagle Heights Church

16718 W Bellfort St

Richmond, TX 77407
East Texas Dream Center

301 S. 1st St.

Conroe, TX 77301
Fallbrook Church

12512 Walters Road

Houston, Texas
Fallbrook Church

12512 Walters

Houston, Texas 77014
Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center

4014 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020

832.393.3800
First Baptist Church Highlands

210 N. Magnolia

Highlands 77562
First Baptist Church Tomball

401 Oxford St.

Tomball 77375
Francis Scott Key Middle School

4000 Kelley St.

Houston, TX  77026
Friendswood Activity Building (80 people)

416 Morningside Dr

Friendswood, TX 77546
Friendswood High School (200 people)

702 Greenbriar Dr

Friendswood, TX 77546
Friendswood High School

702 Greenbriar Dr

Friendswood 77546
George Jr High School

4601 Airport Ave

Rosenberg, Texas 77471
George Junior High School

4601 Airport Avenue

Rosenberg
George R. Brown

1001 Avenida de Las Americas

Houston 77010
Golden Acres Baptist Church

2812 Pansy St.

Pasadena, TX  77503
Golden Acres Baptist Church

2812 Pansy

Pasadena, Texas

(281) 487-0582
Golden Acres Bapist Church

2812 Pansey St.

Pasadena 77503
High Ground Airsoft (Capacity 200)

100 Cypresswood Dr #1302

Spring, TX 77388

(281) 513-1243
Holy Family Catholic Church

2009 Briar Lane

Wharton, Texas
Iglesia Templo Restauración

16218 First Street

Channelview, TX 77530

832-316-8920
John Peavy Senior Center

3814 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020
Kashmere Gardens Branch Library

5411 Pardee

Houston, Texas 77026
Kempner High School

14777 Voss Rd

Sugar Land,Texas 77498
Klein Multi-Purpose Center

7500 FM 2920

Klein, Texas 77379
Knights of Columbus High School

703 Columbus Rd

Wallis, Texas 77485
Lakewood Church

3700 Southwest Fwy

Houston, TX 77027
Living Christ Church

14035 Beechnut St.

Houston, TX 77083
Living Stones Church

1407 Victory Lane

Alvin, Texas 77511
Lone Star Convention Center – At capacity

9055 Airport Rd.

Conroe TX 77303
Lone Star Convention Center

9055 Airport Road

Conroe, Texas
Lyndale United Church

503 Reeid

Houston, Texas 77002
M.O. Campbell Educational Center

1865 Aldine Bender Rd.

Houston, TX 77032
Magnolia High School

14350 FM 1488

Magnolia 77354
Marshall High School (Full)

1220 Buffalo Run

Missouri City, Texas 77489

(281) 634-6630
Masjif Arafat

16300 Old Richmond Rd

Sugar Land, Texas 77498

(281)495-1916
MD Anderson YMCA

705 Cavalcade

Houston, Texas 77009
MET Church

13000 Jones Road

Houston TX 77070
MO Campbell Ed. Center

1865 Aldine Bender

Houston 77032
Morton Ranch High School (At capacity)

21000 Franz Rd

Katy, TX 77449
New Covenant Church

901 Wilson Rd

Humble, Texas
NRG Center (Opens at 10 p.m.)

1 NRG Park

Houston, TX 77054
Pasadena High School

206 South Shaver

(713) 740-0310
Paul Revere Middle School

10502 Briar Forest Dr.

Houston, TX  77042
Pearland High School

3775 South Main

Pearland, TX 77581
Sacred Heart Church

109 N. Frazier

Conroe, Texas
Salvation Army (Currently at capacity)

2732 Cherrybrook

Pasadena
Sheldon Elementary School

17203 Hall Shepperd

Houston,TX 77049
Shepherd Community Center

1025 FM 150 East

Shepherd 77371
South Houston Intermediate

900 College
St. Christopher Catholic School

8134 Park Pl Blvd

Houston, Texas
St. James Episcopal Church

1803 Highland Hollow Dr.

Conroe, Texas
St. Martha’s Faith Formation Campus

3702 Woodland Hills Drive

Kingwood, Texas
St. Simon and Jude – At capacity

26777 Glen Loch Road

The Woodlands, TX 77381
Stafford Middle School (Cafeteria)

1625 Staffordshire Road

Stafford, Texas 77477
Sugar Land First United Methodist Church

431 Eldridge Road

Sugar Land
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center

9314 Cullen

Houston, Texas 77051

832.395.0069
The American Legion Hall in Crosby

14890 FM 2100

Crosby, TX  77532
The Carl Parker Center

1800 Lakeshore Dr.

Port Arthur, TX 77640
The Church on MastersRoad

6911 Masters Rd

Manvel, Texas 77578
The Family Life Center

527 S. Houston Avenue

Humble, TX. 77338
The Red Cross is considering opening a shelter at Landolt Elementary School

2104 Pilgrims Point Dr

Friendswood, TX 77546
The Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center

8877 Barker Cypress Road

Cypress, Texas 77433
Third Ward Multi-Service Center

3611 Ennis Street

Houston, Texas 77004

832.393.4051
Toyota Center

1510 Polk St.

Houston, TX 77002
Trotter Family YMCA

1331 Augusta Drive

Houston, Texas 77057
Under and Over Fellowship – at capacity

600 S. Frasier St.

Conroe 77301
Wedgwood Elementary School (600 people)

4000 Friendswood Link Rd

Friendswood, TX 77546
West End Multi-Service Center

170 Heights Blvd

Houston, Texas 77007

832.393.5950
Woodlands Church

1 Fellowship Dr

The Woodlands, Texas 77384

** Picture from NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2: **

** Pictures from FEMA: **

** Picture from the Houston OEM: **

** More Information on Hurricane Harvey: **

  • NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2:

https://www.click2houston.com/

  • NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2 (Watches and Warnings):

https://www.click2houston.com/weather#/alerts

  • NBC News:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hurricane-harvey

  • National Hurricane Center (Tracking Hurricane Harvey):

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey

 

**** Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey: ****

** Please help the people of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey by donating to the following disaster relief and charity websites: **

  • American Red Cross:

When a hurricane or tropical storm strikes, your donation helps the Red Cross provide shelter, food and comfort to families. The American Red Cross is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Texas. Please help and donate.

Call: 1 (800) RED CROSS

Text: HARVEY to 90999

(To Make $10.00 Donation)

Online: http://www.redcross.org

If you want to volunteer:

http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1

  • Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is on the frontlines of Hurricane Harvey relief. Your support can help keep us there. Please donate.

Call: 1 (800) SAL-ARMY

Online: http://helpsalvationarmy.org

  • Airbnb:

The company Airbnb is allowing hosts to list homes in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio for free.

Airbnb has activated our host community to open their homes for $0 for those evacuating for Hurricane Harvey,” tweeted Airbnb.

https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees

  • Americares:

Donate to provide emergency medicine and supplies today. Right now, Americares is in Texas, distributing water, aid and mobilizing medical outreach with our local partners. Thousands of people are in desperate need of aid, medicine and basic supplies but we can’t keep up with demand. You can help them! Send your gift today!

http://www.americares.org/

https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id=22188&mfc_pref=T&22188.donation=form1&_ga=2.157052411.1900591262.1503858899-1749938289.1503858899

  • Apple:

The tech giant Apple is making it easy for customers to donate to the American Red Cross directly through iTunes and the App Store.

Prayers for Texas and all those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Join us in the relief effort by donating,” tweeted Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple.

http://apple.co/2xmVm50

  • Austin Pets Alive!:

The organization Austin Pets Alive! says it has transported over 235 animals to its shelter since Saturday morning. How can you lend a hand? Make a donation, foster or adopt a pet, or volunteer.

https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/

  • Catholic Charities U.S.A.:

Support our disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and related floods. Please donate.

Text: CCUSADISASTER to 71777.

  • Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group:

If you are looking for a way to assist the Coastal Bend region during our long term recovery process from Hurricane Harvey, please donate money to the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (C.B.D.R.G.).

The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group is a state recognized long-term recovery non-profit group created to address the unmet needs of Coastal Bend area residents affected by disaster.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, areas of the Coastal Bend are devastated and long-term recover needs of the under-served population will emerge.

Low-income, over 62 years, disabled or single-parent with small children in the household may apply for assistance after F.E.M.A. has completed assessments.

Please visit the website to donate. Volunteers will be called as needed at a later date.

http://www.coastalbendcan.org/CBDRG

  • Feeding Texas:

The state network of food banks is accepting donations. Global Giving The crowdfunding site is trying to reach a $2 million relief fund goal.

https://www.feedingtexas.org/

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas

  • Global Giving:

The crowdfunding site Global Giving is trying to reach a $2 million relief fund goal. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

  • Greater Houston Community Foundation:

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

https://ghcf.org/

  • Save the Children:

The organization’s emergency responders are on the ground and ready to help.

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.B143/Official_USA_Site.htm

https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534757/k.CB79/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center:

Blood donors are urgently needed as the state deals with severe injuries and strained resources. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center website appeared to be down Monday afternoon — but you can find a blood drive at the following website.

https://www.donatingforlife.org/

  • Southeast Texas Food Bank:

The Southeast Texas Food Bank, which is based in Beaumont, is accepting online donations.

http://setxfoodbank.org/

  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief:

The group has sent lots of supplies — rolled roofing, mold removal tools — and deployed volunteers.

https://missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/hurricane-harvey-response

  • The SPCA of Texas:

The SPCA is asking for volunteers for helping with sheltering or transporting animals displaced because of the storm. Visit the Houston SPCA for more information or contribute a monetary donation.

http://www.houstonspca.org/

http://www.houstonspca.org/give/

  • Texas Diaper Bank:

The organization is sending out relief kits for babies, young kids, the elderly and disabled.

https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life

 

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to everybody affected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay Strong and United Texas. ****

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 9:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017: ****

No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

**** As of 11:00am PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 10:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

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The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

**** As of 4:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

**** As of 3:22pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story. **

**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments that occurred on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in Needles, California.

** A Week Later, No Identity Release on Fire Victim: **

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

** How the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire unfolded: **

At around 5:02pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, calls reporting a fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California began coming into emergency dispatch.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was alerted on the fire, ran over to the fire, and began reporting on the fire live on Facebook.

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** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

Well fire department crews were still in route to the fire, residents and people who seen the fire ran over to the apartments on fire to help get as many people and animals out of the apartment units.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

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Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the apartment units.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department were called and arrived to the fire.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters as they battle the fire well battling against the gusty winds and some blowing dust at kept blowing into the area.

Adding to the situation, firefighters had some trouble with a near by fire hydrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.

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Firefighters battle the fire for an hours as people gathered across the street hoping that the fire gets put out soon.

Lilyhill Drive was closed by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive.

With the fire out, fire officials searched inside the burned apartment units to find if there were anybody inside during the fire.

At 6:30pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, San Bernardino County Fire Department confirmed that a body of a female in the bedroom of the apartment was found and the unidentified female was confirmed dead by firefighters.

The confirmed information by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was then posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office website.

At 6:35pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their Twitter page, “Needles(Update): IC reports knock down on fire. One vict w/ smoke inhalation. One subject located deceased. Secondary search continues“.

After getting additional confirmation on the death over the phone, ZachNews broke the confirmed information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 7:12pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

 

As of 6:22pm PT on Friday, April 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release.

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.

Many of the people, including those who called 911 reporting the fire, are asking San Bernardino County Fire Department and City of Needles officials why there was a delay in repose to the fire and why was there problems with a near by fire hydrant during the fire.

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According to the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter, Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) volunteers Marilyn Bailey, Pat and Charles Traylor responded to the fire and assessed damages as well as provide for the emergency needs of those affected by the fire.

**** Please Help Mesa Grande Apartments Fire Survivors: ****

In wake of the tragic fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, donations are being accepted to help fire survivors.

** People wanting to donate can drop off donations at the following locations: **

  • Donations can be dropped off at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California during normal business hours from 7:00am to 4:00pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2404.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the Needles Chamber of Commerce located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:30am to 3:30pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2050.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, located at 839 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm PT Tuesday through Saturday. For more information regarding donations, please call George DeLeon at: 1 (760) 326-4420.
  • As for financial donations, Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer at the America Red Cross, tells ZachNews that the best way for people to contribute to the fire in Needles, California is by making a financial donation through the American Red Cross. You can make your financial donations either by phone at: 1 (800) RedCross or online at: http://www.redcross.org

** Thank You for Donating to Survivors of the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire. **

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire.  May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire in Needles, California. ****

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

A man has pleaded guilty to providing the high powered rifles used to in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and wounded 22 people on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that the plea agreement between 25 year old Enrique Marquez Jr. of Riverside, California and prosecutors was accepted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by a federal judge in Riverside, California.

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In addition to providing material support to terrorists, Enrique Marquez also pleaded guilty to conspiring with one of the terrorist shooters in plots for mass killings that were never carried out.

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** Picture from Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

A news conference was held outside the courthouse discussing what happening in court.

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** Sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles: **

ZachNews received these sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles of Enrique Marquez Jr. inside the courtroom in Riverside, California on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

Enrique Marquez Jr. admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the deadly Dec.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a gunfight with authorities later that day.

**** More information is still coming into ZachNews. ****