Friends and family of slain Cameron Park resident Kurt Von Tillow left American flags, flowers, and cans of beer at a memorial along the victim's back fence. An avid golfer, Von Tillow's yard overlooks the 13th green in a quiet corner of the Cameron Park Country Club. Village Life photo by Joe McNeilly


Local man killed in Vegas massacre remembered

By From page A1 | October 11, 2017

Kurt Von Tillow, 55, of Cameron Park was killed during the horrific Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas.

Von Tillow attended the concert with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, sister and niece. His sister and niece were injured and had to be hospitalized while his wife, daughter and son-in-law were unhurt, according to reports received last week.

A day after the shooting, a procession of mourners, including many on golf carts, wound their way through the Cameron Park Country Club to Von Tillow’s back fence, which overlooks the golf course’s 13th green. Friends and family heaped flowers, cards and cans of Von Tillow’s favorite beer, Coors Light, alongside a display of American flags.

“He was here all the time. All the members knew him,” said pro shop staffer Jack Bergin. “He was very influential and well-liked.”

Von Tillow’s brother-in-law Mark Carson told media outlets that the victim loved his country.

“My brother-in-law was the most patriotic person you’ve ever met,”  Carson said during an interview with KCRA. “Guarantee you, he was covered in red, white and blue, with a Coors Light in his hand, smiling with his family and listening to some music.”

El Molino High School classmate Earl K. Milligan wrote on Facebook: “Kurt was very well liked at El Molino. Friends and family have been gathering in Cameron Park, outside of Sacramento where Von Tillow has been living.

“According to his neighbor in Cameron Park, ‘He was the most friendly and outgoing guy you could ever meet. It’s a sad day for the neighborhood. It’s a sad day for everyone. This just hit a little close to home.’

Von Tillow is remembered as being well-liked at El Molino as well,” the post continues. “As a senior, he was a member of a Sonoma County League Champion football team. His picture is on “The Wall” in the El Molino gym, and will serve as a reminder of his many impressive and memorable contributions to El Molino High School and the El Molino community. Many of his classmates and friends from El Molino as well as El Molino staff have been greatly affected by this sad and tragic loss.”

The Von Tillows weren’t the only El Dorado County residents attending the concert. Mona Warren was at the event with her husband Mike; both escaped uninjured and are safely back in Placerville.

“Our hearts go out to the victims that didn’t get to go home,” Mona said last week.

Nevada resident Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The attack left 58 people dead — the youngest 20 and the oldest 61 — and injured nearly 500. Paddock, who authorities said had nearly two dozen weapons in his room, killed himself as law enforcement approached. A motive for the shooting has not been determined; investigators continue to delve into the gunman’s background and have interviewed his girlfriend, who was out of the country at the time of the shooting and is not considered a suspect.

The country rallied around Las Vegas in the days following the massacre, holding candlelight vigils, prayer services, blood drives and other events to cope with the tragedy. For those in the community wondering what they can do to help, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak from Las Vegas has set up a GoFundMe campaign at to support victims and their families.

A separate GoFundMe account for the Von Tillow family has also been created at So far more than $11,500 has been collected.

Joe McNeilly

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