Two women who died last year as a result of the 2017 Las Vegas massacre were added to the official death toll, which left 60 people dead, on the third anniversary of the shooting.
Clark County's Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Thursday that he had officially increased the number of people killed in America's deadliest mass shootings from 58 to two.
Lombardo's announcement came a day after MGM International and its insurers were ordered to pay settlements of $ 800 million to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the shooting.
Kimberly Gervais, of Mira Loma, Calif., And Samanta Arjune, of Las Vegas, Nevada, suffered a "delayed death" after being wounded in the shooting, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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Kimberly Gervais (left) and Samanta Arjune (right) both died two years after sustaining debilitating gunshot wounds in the 2017 Las Vegas shootings
Around 22,000 people took part in the Route 91 Harvest Festival in 2017, in which a shooter killed 60 people and injured more than 850 people
People bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony in Las Vegas on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the mass shooting three years earlier.
Gervais died on November 15, 2019 at Redlands Community Hospital after becoming paraplegic when a bullet struck her vertebra.
A previous report from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department found that 57-year-old Gervais died from spinal injuries related to the mass shootings.
Arjune died in a Las Vegas hospital on May 26 after a bullet entered her calf, entangled nerves in her leg, and shattered the bone, a GoFundMe said.
She died of complications related to the injury her family said caused Arjune "extreme pain" that "would last the rest of her life." She was 46 years old.
"It has been three years since I stood in front of you and the public speaking of the worst human loss the community and the United States have ever experienced from a single suspect," Lobardo said at the annual Sunrise Remembrance ceremony on Thursday October 1st Thursday.
“The thoughts of that tragic night and its aftermath still bring back painful feelings. The shock and confusion – it doesn't fade from memory.
“And for many of the victims' families, I know that October 1st feels like three days ago. Less than three years. & # 39;
Gervais (pictured) died at Redlands Community Hospital in November 2019 after becoming paraplegic when a bullet struck her vertebra
Arjune (pictured) died on May 26th in a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, from complications from her leg injury
The ceremony was held in the amphitheater at the Clark County Government Center, with speakers including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Albert Rivera, father of 21-year-old victim Jordyn Rivera.
Gunner Stephen Paddock (above) killed himself before police could make an arrest
On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock set an assault rifle out of a window on the 32nd floor in his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and opened fire on around 22,000 participants in the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
More than 850 were injured and dozens killed when paddock triggered a rapid-fire attack on people taking cover at the open-air venue.
Paddock committed suicide by gunshot and was dead when authorities reached his hotel suite. They found 23 guns in his suite and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Yesterday a court approved disbursements of millions from MGM Resorts International and its insurers.
Clark District Court judge Linda Bell quoted in her brief decision as "nearly unanimous participation of potential applicants in the settlement".
MGM Resorts, owner of the hotel and the venue, did not accept any liability for the settlement. It will pay $ 49 million while its insurance companies will pay $ 751 million.
Gunner Stephen Paddock bought a suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and later opened fire from his window on the 32nd floor
Jimmy Long (left) hugs Debby Allen, mother of the victim Christopher Roybal (right), during a ceremony on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of the shooting in Las Vegas
"We are grateful that the decision brings families, victims and the community closer to the closure," the company said in a statement.
The anniversary of the event on October 1, 2017 was noted and referred to as "a time of great sadness and reflection".
Memorial ceremonies were scheduled for Thursday at several locations in Las Vegas, including a reading of the names of the slain from 10:05 p.m. – the time the first shots were fired.
Attorney Robert Eglet, the plaintiffs attorney who spent a year arranging settlement with clients, law firms, and attorneys in at least 10 states, said the amounts to be paid will be set by two retired judges and he hopes the payments will expire on that End of the year.
Tattoo artist Justin Warn tattoos Sue Ann Cornwell at a Healing Ink event to tattoo survivors of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival in Las Vegas on Wednesday
"There were no objections and we are not expecting any objections," Eglet told The Associated Press.
& # 39; We will send messages about the order. After 30 days, the $ 800 million will be deposited. & # 39;
The case will be dismissed at this point, he added.
Eglet previously said that everyone involved "has realized that there are no winners in lengthy, multi-judicial litigation where people and the community relive the event every time we try a case."
A line-by-line list of victims, identified only by their initials, comprises more than 170 pages of a 225-page civil lawsuit filed on September 9th seeking compensation and punitive damages from MGM Resorts.
It charged the casino company with negligence, death, and liability in the 2017 shootings.
Pictured: Las Vegas Police guard the streets outside the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pictured: Las Vegas residents donate blood at United Blood Services in northwest Las Vegas, NV, following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay on October 2, 2017
Eglet said millions of dollars could go to the most severely and permanently injured, depending on factors such as age, number of loved ones, type of injuries, previous and future medical treatment, and ability to work.
A minimum of $ 5,000 would go to anyone who made a claim for invisible injuries and was not seeking medical treatment or therapy.
The account's administrators are retired Nevada Judge Jennifer Togliatti and Retired California Judge Louis Meisinger with help from the Virginia-based law firm BrownGreer.
Court records in the case don't mention shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed himself before police got any closer.
Las Vegas Police and the FBI discovered that the 64-year-old retired accountant and high-stakes poker player meticulously planned the attack and acted alone.
They suspected he might have been looking for notoriety, but said they had never identified a clear motive for the attack.
Las Vegas marks the third year since the deadliest mass shooting in the United States
by Associated Press
The sun rose on Thursday during a somber ceremony marking the third anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history as Las Vegas remembered the excruciating night that 2017 killed 58 people at an outdoor country music festival.
"Three years ago today, a heinous act of violence rained down on our city, county, and state," Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak told a humble gathering at an open-air amphitheater at the Clark County Government Center. His voice was full of emotion behind his coronavirus face mask as he remembered everyone involved who helped us get through these tragic times.
An unidentified woman cries during a ceremony on Thursday, October 1, 2020, to mark the anniversary of the mass shooting three years earlier in Las Vegas
"Victim families will be in our hearts forever from October 1st," he said, "and we will never forget what happened that day or what lives were lost and what lives changed."
The ceremony drew perhaps 200 survivors, friends, and elected officials. Plans to accept no more than 50 people were expanded to include up to 250 people on Tuesday as the governor, a Democrat, eased some nationwide restrictions on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities said more than 850 people were injured in the attack by a lone gunman who shot from the upper floor windows of the Mandalay Bay Resort at 22,000 outdoor visitors attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Police later said 413 of the injured were gunshot or shrapnel wounds, and others were injured while fleeing the venue.
Clark County sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Thursday that he had raised the department's death toll from the shootings to 60. In recent weeks, he has received on-the-spot criticism for refusing to increase the number, despite coroners ruling that two women had died of wounds in the past year from wounds three years ago.
"We're all a statistic," Albert Rivera, father of the murdered 21-year-old Jordyn Rivera, told the amphitheater audience. & # 39; We are all part of this undesirable fraternity that we have not chosen. But because of this tragedy, a new family was born. & # 39;
Tattoo artist Jaded Moon tattoos Shannon Loveless at a Healing Ink event to tattoo survivors of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival on Wednesday September 30, 2020 in Las Vegas
Rivera of La Verne, California, also marked the death in May of Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Aurora, Illinois, "who made it his business to build a simple white cross for every precious life lost".
Images of the crosses in front of the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign became an icon of the shooting.
"Anyway, I will always change because he wanted to do something for the families," said Rivera of Zanis.
In the White House, President Donald Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened a press conference on the anniversary on Thursday.
"Our hearts continue to break for the victims and their families," she said. "You are in our prayers today."
Michael Bailey, right, of Highland, Calif., Hugs Joanna Fuentes of Whittier, Calif., During a ceremony Thursday to mark the anniversary of the mass shooting three years earlier in Las Vegas
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement calling the shooting "an act of sheer malice and yet another appalling act of gun violence – killing 100 Americans every day."
"Instead of letting tragedy rule the city, the Nevadans did what they always did in difficult times," said the former vice president. "You were resilient."
Memories of Las Vegas ranged from a legislature embarking on a 58-kilometer fundraiser, to blood donation drives, to an invitation for survivors of the shooting to get tattoos.
After dark, the city's mayor was to hold a reading of the names of the dead in a memorial garden from 10:05 p.m., the start of the shooting.
Authorities said the shots lasted more than 10 minutes and shooter Stephen Paddock killed himself with a pistol before police fired through doors that had been closed in his suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
A retired accountant and high-stakes video poker player, 64-year-old Paddock had compiled a cache of assault weapons equipped with rapid-fire bump stick devices and high-capacity magazines.
Diego Zazueta responds to pain while getting a tattoo to cover a scar at a Healing Ink event to tattoo survivors of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, on Wednesday September 30, 2020 in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Police and the FBI found that he carefully planned the attack and said he acted alone. They theorized that he was looking for notoriety, but said they had never identified a clear motive for the attack.
A judge in Nevada on Wednesday signed a comprehensive settlement between MGM Resorts International, the owner of the hotel and venue, and lawsuits against more than 4,000 plaintiffs.
Victims and family members are due to receive a total of $ 800 million in compensation over the coming months, while the company does not recognize liability. It will pay $ 49 million and its insurance companies will pay $ 751 million.
MGM Resorts had seen dozens of court cases in several states accusing them of failing to protect the concert crowd or preventing Paddock from spending several days amassing his arsenal of guns and ammunition before opening fire
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