This Post From One Of The Las Vegas Victims' Family Members Will Break Your Heart

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By Bassam Khawaja

Sunday night's shooting claimed the lives of more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, making it the deadliest shooting in United States history. Among its victims was Quinton Robbins, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, who is being remembered by many as a "truly amazing person."

In a Monday morning Facebook post, his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, announced, "with a heavy heart," the death of her nephew.

"He was the most kind and loving soul," Sanders wrote. "Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile ... He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many. So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul."

In an interview with Newsweek, Tyce Jones, a longtime friend of the Robbins family called Robbins a "pay-it-forward kinda guy" who was always seeking to do good in his community, where he also worked in his local city government.

"[He] always had a smile on his face and was a nice guy," Jones said. "He loved his family and loved to coach his little brother’s flag football team. He will be missed."

In his capacity as the City of Henderson's recreational assistant, Robbins often promoted different recreational sports clubs, like leagues for adult flag football and adult basketball, on his Facebook page. Other photos on his page show him enjoying the outdoors, snowboarding or proudly displaying a fish he'd just caught.

According to a friend on Twitter, Ally Cooley, Robbins had aspirations to one day have a family, and pass down his love of sports to his future children.

Cooley said Robbins was supposed to be her and her significant other's "best man and god father one day. [He] dreamt of kids playing t-ball together and growing up together. Beyond painful."

Another friend, Valori Houser, told BuzzFeed News she'd had the opportunity to see the beginnings of Robbins' love for local government, having worked alongside him on their high school's student council.

The 19-year-old told the site that Robbins, who'd also loved to fish and hunt, had been well-liked and was always a "friendly face in the crowd."

Robbins is just one of two victims from Sunday night's shooting who have been named so far. Though the Harvest Festival, known for being a family-friendly event, had drawn concert-goers of all ages, the only other named victim, Sonny Melton, had also been a young man, having received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated degree in 2015.

As more information becomes available, the death toll continues to rise, with outlets updating reports to reflect at least 58 deaths.

President Donald Trump, who failed to include any mention of guns in his address to the nation, offered his condolences to the victims and their families Monday morning:

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one. A parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.

But many people contend that offering hopes and prayers to Robbins and his family isn't enough — that honoring the memory of those killed in Sunday's mass shooting requires policy and action. And, despite the protests of many Second Amendment loyalists, the same people maintain it's not "too soon" to start talking about it.

Wired reporter Ashley Feinberg, whose lost two of her own family members to gun violence, spoke out on Twitter Monday in favor of talking about gun control.

"Both my father and my sister are dead because of guns and I would like to plunge in now," she wrote in response to a tweet criticizing Democrats for politicizing the Las Vegas shooting.

"When everyone is forced to confront the reality of what guns cause it is exactly the right time to be talking about gun control."