Dec 7, 2017, 5:11 PM ET

Widower, children sue estate of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock for $45M

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The family of a California woman who died in the Las Vegas mass shooting is suing the estate of gunman Stephen Paddock for $45 million, court documents show.

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Thousand Oaks resident Keri Galvan was survived by her husband and three children. Each is named in a creditor's claim electronically filed Wednesday in Clark County district court in Nevada, the court documents state. The court filing was provided to ABC News by The Blast.

Each requests $10 million from Paddock's estate, but Galvan's husband, Justin Galvan, requests an addition $5 million due to the emotional distress he suffered because he was "physically present at the Route 91 Harvest Festival" when the shooting took place, according to the claim.

The figure represents the value of Keri Galvan's lost wages and financial support as well as loss of her "love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection and emotional support," among others, the court documents state.

PHOTO: This undated photo shows Keri Lynn Galvan, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. Facebook via AP
This undated photo shows Keri Lynn Galvan, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival.

Keri Galvan had worked for Mastro's Steakhouse near her home for almost a decade, her employer, Landry's Inc., said in a statement after she was killed. A GoFundMe campaign created by her sister, Lindsey Poole, describes Keri Galvan as a "devoted wife and mother." Her children were ages 10, 4 and 2 at the time of her death.

The mother of three was "enjoying a night out with her husband and friends" when she was "senselessly murdered," Poole wrote. She died in her husband's arms, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

On Oct. 1, 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured when police say Paddock, 64, opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of his suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

PHOTO: Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock is seen in a government ID photo.Obtained by ABC News
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock is seen in a government ID photo.

PHOTO: Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Oct. 2, 2017, following a deadly shooting at a music festival.John Locher/AP, FILE
Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Oct. 2, 2017, following a deadly shooting at a music festival.

After the shooting, Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, described him to ABC News as a "wealthy guy who lived to play video poker."

Police found Stephen Paddock dead when they breached his hotel room after the shooting had stopped.

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  • retired too

    Should be a class action funded by the shooters estate.

  • Verity Pendelton

    This keeps the money from going to his heirs. If the heirs were smart, they would put all the money into a fund that could help the victims.

  • Tom Adams

    There will be hundreds of people looking for their share, so they might get $10000 or so each.

  • Omegacron

    Well, good thing for them the shooter was wealthy then, huh

  • JuPMod

    Was he really that wealthy? Wow. First time for me I heard of a person so wealthy to go on a shooting rampage. I hope the family wins, given they deserve to take away this guy's fortune for his crimes.

  • A C

    And here we have another "opportunity" to view the face of a murderer that senselessly killed all those people to inspire copy cats who feel it is worth it because they will be remembered forever, while the victims and their families will be soon forgotten.

  • Kay Doubleu

    This might be the only way they will get justice for their loved one. The shooter is dead so can’t be tried in court. Even if they symbollically win, they would/could possibly receive some kind of closure from this.

  • Richard Johnson

    Money can't replace a person, but these gold-diggers will sure as hell try their best.

  • JDC

    I’m sorry you lost your wife, but what makes you more deserving than the rest of the widows and widowers? Or the ones shot and survived? His entire estate should be liquidated and split equally. Leave something for others who have experienced loss because of this guys actions.

  • Ronald Bandor

    Responsible gun owner.

  • Nick

    All of Paddock estate needs to be distributed equally to the families of the people he murdered! No questions, but the lawyers will get most inthe end.

  • Optimist-2618173

    I wonder why all those lawsuits naming the NRA never seem to go anywhere in such cases. Could it be because these are wrongheaded and frivolous, or could it be because the NRA has so many politicians in its pocket? I'm sure opinions will differ drastically on this issue.

  • bee's knees

    It seems reasonable that Paddock, with all of his planning, would have hidden or protected his assets.
    You can sue, but that doesn't mean you'll ever see any money. Just ask Fred Goldman.

  • mm

    It seems to me there are many more victims also entitled to his money There were a lot of victims.

  • Jorge Jaramillo

    What a waste of time, all will lumped together in a class action lawsuit, after the lawyers get through they will be lucky to get 10 bucks.

  • Betty Bloop

    i hope all of his victims survivors get a cut of his estate

  • Indy

    Hope this lady's family wins their lawsuit, it's the least that she and the other victims truly deserve, if the shooter coward was a multi trillionaire, it would still never be enough to make things right for all the victims and their families, in my opinion.

  • terri smith

    Hope they win.