Remembering those killed in Texas and Nevada

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Written by DML
In October we witnessed the massacre in Las Vegas, and in November it was the massacre in Texas.  In both cases, a madman decided to kill innocent people.

Since then, some people have tried to use these events to push for gun control measures.  The comments and bills they propose capture all the headlines, and they spark the media debate online and on cable news.  The sadness in this is that the names of victims end up being overshadowed and outlasted by political rhetoric.

It occurred to me today that over the past 45-days we had fallen into the media trap of covering the stories about the madmen and the political debate over guns.   In doing so, we never took the time to focus solely on the victims alone.

So, on this Sunday, I wanted to stop the presses for a moment and reflect upon what’s most important.

We here at DML News believe that life is beautiful and it makes no sense why a person would want to use any sort of weapon — be it a gun, a car, a knife, a bomb or a fist — to hurt innocent people for no reason.

Below is the list of names of the people killed in Nevada and Texas.  We ask you to not to forget about them.  We ask you to take a few seconds to read their names and ages. Then say a quick prayer for them on this Sunday.

Las Vegas:

  • Hannah Ahlers, 34
  • Heather Alvarado, 35
  • Dorene Anderson, 49
  • Carrie Barnette, 34
  • Jack Beaton, 54
  • Steve Berger, 44
  • Candice Bowers, 40
  • Denise Burditus, 50
  • Sandy Casey, 34
  • Andrea Castilla, 28
  • Denise Cohen, 58
  • Austin Davis, 29
  • Thomas Day Jr., 54
  • Christiana Duarte, 22
  • Stacee Etcheber, 50
  • Brian Fraser, 39
  • Keri Galvan, 41
  • Dana Gardner, 52
  • Angela Gomez, 20
  • Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40
  • Charleston Hartfield, 34
  • Chris Hazencomb, 44
  • Jennifer Topaz Irvine, 42
  • Teresa Nicol Kimura, 38
  • Jessica Klymchuk, 34
  • Carly Kreibaum, 33
  • Rhonda LeRocque, 42
  • Victor Link, 55
  • Jordan McIldoon, 23
  • Kelsey Meadows, 28
  • Calla-Marie Medig, 28
  • James “Sonny” Melton, 29
  • Patricia Mestas, 67
  • Austin Meyer, 24
  • Adrian Murfitt, 35
  • Rachael Parker, 33
  • Jenny Parks, 36
  • Carrie Parsons, 31
  • Lisa Patterson, 46
  • John Phippen, 56
  • Melissa Ramirez, 26
  • Jordyn Rivera, 21
  • Quinton Robbins, 20
  • Cameron Robinson, 28
  • Tara Roe, 34
  • Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48
  • Chris Roybal, 28
  • Brett Schwanbeck, 61
  • Bailey Schweitzer, 20
  • Laura Shipp, 50
  • Erick Silva, 21
  • Susan Smith, 53
  • Brennan Stewart, 30
  • Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 56
  • Neysa Tonks, 46
  • Michelle Vo, 32
  • Kurt von Tillow, 55
  • Bill Wolfe, 42

Sutherland Springs:

  • Keith Allen Braden, 62
  • Robert Michael Corrigan, 51
  • Shani Louise Corrigan, 51
  • Emily Garcia (died at the hospital), 7
  • Emily Rose Hill, 11
  • Gregory Lynn Hill, 13
  • Megan Gail Hill, 9
  • Carlin Brite “Billy Bob” Holcombe (unborn)
  • Crystal Marie Holcombe (pregnant), 36
  • John Bryan Holcombe, 60
  • Karla Plain Holcombe, 58
  • Marc Daniel Holcombe, 36
  • Noah Holcombe, 1
  • Dennis Neil Johnson Sr., 77
  • Sara Johns Johnson, 68
  • Haley Krueger, 16
  • Karen Sue Marshall, 56
  • Robert Scott Marshall, 56
  • Tara E. McNulty, 33
  • Annabelle Renae Pomeroy, 14
  • Ricardo Cardona Rodriguez, 64
  • Therese Sagan Rodriguez, 66
  • Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5
  • Joann Lookingbill Ward, 30
  • Peggy Lynn Warden, 56
  • Lula Woicinski White, 71

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