Police officer killed in Las Vegas mass shooting left instructions for funeral: 'Remember me for who I was'

A Las Vegas police officer, who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, left instructions for his funeral prior to his death.

Charleston Hartfield, 34, was buried Friday in Henderson, Nevada, after a funeral that drew more than 2,000 family members, friends and police and military officers, Fox News reported. 

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Hartfield, a father of two, was off-duty when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire into the unsuspecting crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on the night of Oct. 1. Hartfield reportedly lost his life trying to shield others from the hail of bullets coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. 

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HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Family members listen during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers guide in the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield during his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: An honor guard escorts the body of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield to his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Boots and a picture of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield are on display at his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
CHENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Veronica Hartfield, center, is hugged during a funeral for her husband Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: An honor guard escorts the body of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield to his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers carry the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield before his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: An honor guard escorts the body of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield to his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Family members including daughter Savannah Hartfield, right, listen during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pastor Mike Ellingsen speaks during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Veronica Hartfield, comforts her daughter Savannah Hartfield during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas police department speaks during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas police department speaks during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas police department speaks during a funeral for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers move the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
CHENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: arl Hartfield Jr., right, and Denita Oyeka speak during a funeral for their brother Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Savannah Hartfield, right, looks back at the audience during a funeral for her father Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers guide in the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield during his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers guide in the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield during his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - OCTOBER 20: Pallbearers guide in the casket of Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield during his funeral, October 20, 2017 in Henderson, Nevada. Hartfield was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert October 1 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chase Stevens-Pool/Getty Images)
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But, one year before his death, Hartfield, who was also an army veteran, created a computer file titled “Charleston Hartfield’s Memorial Service,” detailing what he wanted to happen at his funeral.

“Veronica, if you’re reading this, then I have been called home,” the letter read. “Nothing I type will make this any easier, so I will get to the facts. My largest request: Please do not allow anyone to wear black. Black is totally depressing and I don’t want anyone expressing their sorrow over my passing.”

Jud Wilhite, Senior Pastor of Central Church, read the note out loud at Hartfield’s funeral service.

“I would like for everyone to enjoy themselves. And remember me for who I was. The truth only. None of that stuff about how great I was. Only real stories,” Hartfield wrote.

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Chris Roybal of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, ABC News said. He was 28.

(Photo via GoFundMe)

Sonny Melton (pictured right) is seen with his wife Heather, who survived the shooting.

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Quinton Robbins, 20, is described by his aunt as "the most kind and loving soul."

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Jordan McIldoon (left), 23, of British Columbia, was confirmed dead by his parents as well as fellow concert-goer Heather Gooze, who said McIldoon died in her arms. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordan McIldoon, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Jassica Klymchuk, a single mother of 4, was visiting Las Vegas from Alberta with her fiancé. 

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Lisa Romero worked as a secretary at her local high school in Gallup, New Mexico. 

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Denise Burditus, of West Virginia, was attending the concert with her husband, and died in his arms. 

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Rachael Parker was a records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, she was 33. 

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Susan Smith worked for the Simi Valley Unified School District in California.

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Adrian Murfitt was a commercial fisherman in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. He was 35.

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John Phippen of Santa Clarita, California, was a father of five, grandfather of one and owned a remodeling and repair company. 

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Angie Gomez was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School in California.

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Angie Gomez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Dana Gardner (pictured left) was attending the concert with her daughter, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her memory.

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Rhonda LeRocque attended the concert with her husband, and their 7-year-old daughter, who were not injured, according to the Boston Globe.

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Jenny Parks was a wife, mother to two young children and a teacher, according to a GoFundMe account set up in her memory.

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Nesya Tonks was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe set up by her employeer, Technologent.

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Hannah Ahlers is survived by her husband and three children.

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Carrie Barnette, 34, was in Las Vegas for a friends 30th birthday party.

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Sandy Casey had taught special education for 9 years at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Sandy Casey, is seen in this undated social media photo

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Thomas Day Jr. is survived by his four children who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival with him. 

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Charleston Hartfield, 34, was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, youth football coach, and military veteran. Our… https://t.co/UafOdLrcFz

Bailey Schweitzer was only 20 years old and had just started working at Infinity Communications and consulting as a receptionist 7 months ago. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Bailey Schweitzer, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Melissa Ramirez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jack Beaton, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Christiana Duarte had begun working at her first full-time job since graduated college, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Stacee Etcheber was a mother and wife to a San Francisco Police Dept. officer.

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Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News.

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A fourth Kern County resident has passed away: Family of 27 y.o. Kelsey Meadows, confirm that she is the fourth Ker… https://t.co/DdzsCXbBh5
Calla Medig was described as a kind-hearted young woman with a beaming smile, according to CBC News in Canada.

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Cameron Robinson (pictured right) was an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend known for his love of cooking and dancing, according to a fundraising page set up in his memory.

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Family tells me Kurt Von Tillow from Cameron Park was killed in #LasVegasShooting. Say he ❤️ his country. Always wo… https://t.co/w7Ndiq5YlO

Bill Wolfe Jr. was a loving husband and a wrestling coach in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.


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A fundraising account set up for Dorene Anderson (pictured top left) described her as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.

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Steve Berger was celebrating his 44th birthday with a group of friends, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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Tara Roe Smith was the mother of two young sons, according to the Canadian Press. She was reportedly separated from her husband, Zach, during the shooting.  

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Erick Silva has been identified as one of the victims in the #LasVegasShooting https://t.co/uv3taTQCqU

Brennan Stewart had a love for music and his family requested that the funds raised from a GoFundMe account set up in his honor be used for a local youth organization that is centered around the arts.

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Michelle Vo was attending her first country music concert, according to the San Jose Mercury News.


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Heather Alvarado loved to travel with her three children and her husband, according to a statement released by the Cedar City Police Department to local media.

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Denise Cohen was a mother of two who was attending the concert with her boyfriend.

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordyn Rivera, is seen in this undated social media photo.

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Candice Bowers was a single mother of three and is described her as a superhero who loved country music; she was ki… https://t.co/9qh6ARaN2I
Andrea Castilla was celebrating her 28th birthday with her sister, boyfriend and her sister's fiancee, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family.

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Austin Davis was considered a friend to all, according to a fundraising site set up in his memory. He was 29.

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Chris Hazencomb saved his friend's life by shielding her, the Ventura County Star reported. He was 44.

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Victor Link, 52, “I could type for hours saying how great of a man you were and how everyone loves you so so much.”… https://t.co/qu3fOQ3jY7
Lisa Patterson was a loving mother, wife and donated countless hours to her community, according to a GoFundMe account. She was 46.

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Rocio Guillen Rocha was still on maternity leave after giving birth to her fourth child six weeks ago, NPR reported. She was 40.

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Derrick "Bo" Taylor served the Ventura Conservation Camp for decades according to statement by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. He was 56.

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And that is just what people did. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo called the 11-year police veteran a “remarkable officer killed by an unremarkable person.”

“That night, in a hail of gunfire, Charlie’s last actions spoke for him. He took actions to save lives,” Lombardo said during the service. 

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Hartfield also asked that Nina Simone and Johnny Cash songs also be played during his funeral.

And during a slideshow of his life at the end of his service, his wish was granted as the songs played.

 

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