Last Sunday, a gunman opened fire during a music festival in Las Vegas in what has been named the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. At least 58 lives were taken and over 525 people were injured during this Senseless and horrific massacre. Country star, Jason Aldean was performing when the shooting began and the gunman, 64-year-old, Stephen Paddock, was found dead shortly after the attack. Below are some of the people we lost in the Hispanic community due to this tragic and horrendous event.
1. Andrea Castilla
Andrea Castilla was in Las Vegas celebrating her 28th birthday with friends and family during the time of this terrible tragedy. According to People Magazine, she was a beautiful make-up artist who loved hiking, being healthy, positivity and the people around her. She and her boyfriend of 7 months, Derek Miller, were planning on getting married and starting a family. Castilla's family has set up a gofundme page to raise money for funeral expenses.
2. Melissa Ramirez
Mexican-American, Melissa Ramirez was a graduate from California State University, Bakersfield. According to Bustle, the 26-year-old's alma mater confirmed her death Tuesday "with a statement issued by university president Horace Mitchell: 'We are terribly saddened to learn that we lost a member of our CSUB family in this senseless act of violence. Our entire CSUB campus community is heartbroken, and we send our deepest sympathies to Melissa Ramirez’s family and friends'." The beautiful Latina was a lover of sports, family and country music.
3. Erick Silva
Erick Silva was murdered while trying to protect the people around him. The 22-year-old was no stranger to helping others as he worked as security for the Las Vegas Branch of the Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC). Gina Argento, office manager for the Las Vegas branch of the CSC told the Las Vegas-Review Journal; "He was trying to help people get out... He was in front of the stage. He was in front of everything."
4. Rocio Guillen Rocha
Rocio Guillen Rocha who originally escaped the scene, died later from a gunshot wound on her upper thigh. The mother-of-four was engaged and was at the concert with her fiancé during the time of the shooting. She loved running, country music and her children. Her fiancé, Chris Jaksha took to Facebook, on Tuesday, to post the news about Rocha; “My love, my life was taken too soon yesterday. I can tell you that the past 3½ years have been the best of my life. She is someone special; she changes you, but in a positive way. You can’t even tell you have changed because of how patient and loving she is...” Her cousin set up a Gofundme account to help the family cover funeral and burial costs.
5. Angela Gomez
Angela Gomez was a nursing student from Riverside, California. The 20-year-old was part of Class of 2015 from Riverside Polytechnic High School, where she was on the cheerleading team. Her family has set up a Gofundme account, to help with funeral arrangements, where Gomez was referred to as "a cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit." Gomez attended the Las Vegas concert with her boyfriend who survived the attack.
6. Jordyn Rivera
Jordyn Rivera was a caring individual who went to the Vegas just months following her 21st birthday. The Cal State San Bernardino student loved country music and went to the concert with her mom. Rivera was a memeber of a national health education honor society, CSUSB’s chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma. According to The Sun, Dimitri Tamalis, chairman of the Health Science and Human Ecology department says, “Everyone in the department is affected, and those who knew her well are extremely distraught. She was very well liked by both faculty and students alike. She was very well known because of her personality and her activities outside the curriculum.” Two Gofundme accounts have been created in efforts to assist Rivera's family in funeral arrangements and to help accommodate anything else they may need during this difficult time.
7. Lisa Romero-Muniz
Lisa Romero-Muniz was a 42-year-old secretary at a high school in New Mexico. According to HipLatina, Superintendent Mike Hyatt described Romeo-Muniz saying; “She's not only an employee of our school district, but was an incredible, loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for our students. She was outgoing, kind and considerate. We will miss all these attributes that she brought and shared.” Her husband, Chris Muniz, planned the weekend trip to Vegas as a way to make it up to his wife for forgetting their anniversary the year before.