ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Two Alaskans -- a 35-year-old commercial fisherman celebrating a fantastic salmon season and a beloved stay-at-home mother who loved the Alaska Aces -- were shot and killed in the Las Vegas massacre Sunday night. A third Alaskan, a North Pole real estate agent, was wounded in the gunfire.
Profile of Alaskan Adrian Murfitt (left) and Brian MacKinnon (right) at the Las Vegas music festival near the Mandalay Bay casino. (Photo courtesy Avonna Murfitt)
Here is what we know so far about those slain in deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, plus the tales of Alaskans who survived, in their own words.
A MOTHER AND WIFE KILLED
Dorene Anderson, 49, attended the concert with her daughters. An Alaska Aces fan and self-described stay-at-home mother who lived in Anchorage, Anderson also died as a result of the gunfire according to posts to social media by her family and friends.
Although Las Vegas police declined to confirm her identity, Anderson was named among the victims in an email to employees at her husband's workplace, Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
"Dorene was the most beautiful, kind and giving woman I have ever known. She loved her husband and girls with a passion we could never match," wrote friend Gayle Simmons White, who learned of the death from Anderson's husband.
"I admired her every action action. She was an angel on earth and will forever walk in our lives," White wrote.
On Tuesday, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation shared a post about Anderson on its facebook page, including a statement from the Anderson Family.
ALASKANS CELEBRATING THE END OF SUMMER IN VEGAS
Summer could not have been better for Adrian Murfitt, a 35-year-old who started commercial fishing in high school and was among those basking in this year's record-breaking red salmon runs.
With the cash he earned on a driftnet boat based out of Chignik, and after three weeks catching up with family and friends in his hometown of Anchorage, Murfitt and a couple of fishing buddies took their lucky streak to Las Vegas. The plan was to hang out and listen to country music at the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The getaway ended in horror. Like dozens of others, the Dimond High School graduate was shot and killed Sunday night by a gunman perched in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Murfitt's sister confirmed to KTUU that he was killed while attending the Jason Aldean concert.
Adrian Murfitt leaves behind his mother, Avonna, younger brothers Aaron and Robb, and older sister, Shannon Gothard.
"He was a big country music fan. He had a really beautiful singing voice," the sister said in a phone interview with Channel 2. Gothard said her little brother had a distinctly goofy laugh, and maybe in part because he never married or had kids, how much he loved "his baby," a West Siberian Laika named Paxson.
Friends of the victim stayed up all night, desperate for an update on whether or not the three friends who made the Vegas trip had survived. The bad news came in early Monday.
Just last week, Murfitt had driven to a cabin with his longtime friend Harry Leffler, who remembers listening to Jason Aldean and singing along.
"He just doesn't deserve to die," Leffler told KTUU. "He would always make you smile. He always told you he loved you."
Brian MacKinnon, also of Anchorage, one of Murfitt's friends who made the Vegas trip.
"He died in my arms," MacKinnon wrote of Murfitt in a Facebook post, adding in a message to KTUU that "he is one of the happiest people I know, always in a good mood, and was nothing less than my brother."
"The wrong person died."
SHOT AND INJURED, BUT RECOVERING
According to The Associated Press, North Pole real estate agent and father of three Rob McIntosh, 52, was near the front of the stage with friends when the shooting began, his co-worker Mike Vansickle said. The friend said McIntosh was struck multiple times but is expected to survive.
"From just getting off the phone with the family, he took three bullets to his body," Vansickle told the wire service. "He just came out of surgery, and he's going to make it.
"He'll get through all this and come out with some stories to tell."
(Profile of Alaska victim Rob McIntosh. On Oct. 4, 2017, friend Mike Cronk reports that McIntosh is recovering from his bullet wound, and is expected to return home "soon." Photo courtesy Mike Cronk).
Also among the 20,000-plus in the crowd was Mike Cronk of Tok, who traveled to Vegas with his girlfriend and several friends.
"It's one of those big events that thousands of people come together of all genders, races – just having a great time listening to music – it was awesome," Cronk told NBC's Lester Holt.
At first, to Cronk, the rapid volley of gunfire sounded like a fireworks display. Then three rounds struck his friend in the chest.
"We got down on him," Cronk said. "He had his finger actually in the bullet hole. So we took shirts off and compressed it, for him, and everybody else just got down. There was still shooting, and then somebody said, 'Let's get out of here,' and people started jumping the fence. It turned into chaos."
ALASKA CONNECTIONS TO THE SHOOTING
Skye Dixon, a former Anchorage resident, went to the concert with her husband and mother. They were near the stage when the gunfire started. All three were unharmed.
"My husband was like, 'Get over the barricade!' So we climbed over that first fence that they usually have at most concerts ... and got under the stage," she told KTUU in a phone interview. "My husband looked back the the gentleman that was next to us. He had been shot in the head.
"People were getting into the buses, under the buses, anywhere you could," Dixon said.
OTHER ALASKA ATTENDEES FLEE IN SHOCK
While Kathy Day did not attend this year's music festival in Las Vegas, her brother and his wife, Marty Day and Susan Day, did. Kathy told Channel 2 that she received a series of text updates from her brother late last night, starting around 9:30 p.m. AKDT.
"I got a text from my brother and it said, 'We're not hit. We're okay.' And I texted back and said, 'What are we talking about.' And he said, 'Sniper. Concert.'"
He then elaborated, telling his sister that bullets were coming from high and that there were multiple shots.
"It's one of those kind of concerts where there's people everywhere," she said. "If there were lots of shots fired, then I knew people had to have been hit, because there just isn't anywhere to hide. There's just porta-potties, and some places to get food and bars, but really you're just open in a big parking lot."
Kathy's brother reported that people seemed unsure of where to go and what to do as the gunfire rattled on.
"If they were staying in Mandalay Bay, they couldn't get back inside their hotel," she said. "My brother was sister-in-law were with their really good friends from Soldotna, who had a hotel right next to Mandalay Bay. So they all went to that hotel and hunkered down."
During the chaos, Susan Day was able to capture video of the massive crowd dispersing away from Mandalay Bay hotel.
"Scary," Kathy concluded. "Really scary."