Published Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 | 2:51 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 | 6:55 p.m.
Update: A Sunrise Hospital official has reported that one of its patients in critical condition after Sunday's shooting died today. That increases the number killed to 59, plus the gunman who police say killed himself.
Friends of Charleston Hartfield, a military veteran, Metro Police officer and newly published author of “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” in which he touted his accomplishments and highlighted his struggles as a police officer, identified him as one of the people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting.
One of Hartfield’s last Facebook postings — a few hours before the shooting — was of a banner of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where the shootings took place.
Friends knew Hartfield was there, so one of them, Troy Rhett, messaged him after he saw that something had gone wrong at the country music festival. Rhett didn’t hear back from Hartfield, and Monday morning learned that his friend, whom he’d met years ago through their kids’ youth football teams, was dead.
He was a great guy, Rhett said, theorizing that Hartfield was probably trying to help others when he was killed, “putting himself in danger.”
Hartfield was “one of the best people you could ever meet,” a simple man who did things the right way, a well-rounded, caring and loving human, Rhett said.
It’s a “huge loss” Rhett said, adding that the shooting “should never had happened.”
In “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” which was released in the summer, Hartfield wrote about his career as a Metro officer and the personal struggles that arise from being a police officer who had witnessed the aftermath of horrific deaths.
One of the last chapters focuses on the death of two Metro officers, who were slain in a pizza parlor in 2014, and the negative but bonding effect that occurred in the agency after the incident.
Hartfield was also active on Twitter, where he interacted with local reporters. When a reporter’s car was burglarized a couple of weeks ago, he sent several messages suggesting what to do.”Get a report for sure! See if they can dust for prints.”
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Here’s a list of reported fatalities:
Brett Schwanbeck, 61, from Bullhead City, Ariz.
Austin Meyer, 24, from Reno, Nev.
Pati Mestas, 67, from Menifee, California
Nicol Kimura, 38, from Placentia, California
Christopher Hazencomb, 44, Camarillo, California
Andrea Castilla, 28, Hungtinton Beach, California
Carly Kreibaum, 33, Sutherland, Iowa
Steve Berger, 44, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Brian Fraser, 39, Walnut, California
Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56, Oxnard, California
Denise Cohen, 58, Carpinteria, California
Christiana Duarte, 22, Torrance, California
Candice Bowers, 40, Garden Grove, California
Lisa Patterson, 46, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40, Eastvale, California
Jordyn Rivera, 21, San Bernardino, California
Austin Davis, 29, Riverside, California
Laura Shipp, 50, Thousand Oaks, California
Keri Galvan, 51, Thousand Oaks, California
Tara Roe Smith, 34, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
Calla Medig, 28, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Carrie Parsons, 31, Seattle, Washington
Cameron Robinson, 28, St. George, Utah
Michelle Vo, 32, Los Angeles, California
Brennan Stewart, 30, Las Vegas
Erick Silva, 21, Las Vegas
Dorene Anderson, 49, Anchorage, Alaska
Heather Alvarado, 35, Enoch, Utah
Hannah Ahlers, 34, Beaumont, California
Stacee Etcheber, 50, Novato, California
Christopher Roybal, 28, Denver, Colorado
Victor Link, 55, San Clemente, California
Melissa Ramirez, 26, Bakersfield, California
Kelsey Meadows, 28, Taft, California
Dana Gardner, 52, Grand Terrace, California
Bill Wolfe, Jr., 42, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Carrie Barnette, 34, Garden Grove, California
Thomas Day Jr., 54, Corona, California
Jennifer Parks, 36, Lancaster, California
Kurt Von Tillow, 55, Cameron Park, California
Jack Beaton, 54, Bakersfield, California
Denise Burditus, 50, Martinsburg, West Virginia
Sandy Casey, 35, Redondo Beach, California
Angie Gomez, 20, Riverside, California
Jennifer Irvine, 42, San Diego
Jessica Klymchuk, 34, Valleyview, Alberta, Canada
Rhonda LeRocque, 42, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Jordan McIldoon, 23, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Sonny Melton, 29, Paris, Tennessee
Adrian Murfitt, 35, Anchorage, Alaska
Rachel Parker, 33, Manhattan Beach, California
John Phippen, 57, Valencia, California
Quintin Robbins, 20, Henderson
Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48, Gallup, New Mexico
Bailey Schweitzer, 20, Bakersfield, California
Susan Smith, 53, Simi Valley, California
Neysa Tonks, 46, Las Vegas
Note: Las Vegas police haven’t yet confirmed the deceased