Pati Mestas, friend and country music fan from Menifee, killed in Las Vegas shooting
By Ryan Hagen
Pati Mestas was a country music fanatic, and one of her favorite artists was Jason Aldean — the man she was dancing to until moments before she was shot to death.
“She loved country concerts. That was her thing,” said Mestas’ best friend, Isa Bahu. “She went to almost every country show in driving distance.’
Mestas, 67, lived in Menifee and was a graduate of Garey Senior High in Pomona.
She met Bahu in 2004, when he dated her co-worker, and they soon became best friends, he said.
Bahu, the owner of a Shell Mega Mart in Corona, employed Mestas for a few years, but their friendship was longer and deeper than that.
“She was a bright spirit,” Bahu said. “She was an amazing woman. She was a good person. She had a great heart.”
That fun-loving spirit was apparent when they once went to a Brooks & Dunn concert together, he said.
“We snuck all the way to the front row and got our hats signed by Brooks and Dunn,” Bahu said. “She loved country concerts, so I guess if you have to pick a way to go — right up until the end, I mean.”
Mestas’ cousin, Tom Smith, said she was always right in the middle of things.
Smith lives in San Antonio, but the family would get together for two weeks every summer. They drifted apart during midlife, but began to speak more often over the past 15 years, he said.
“She’s very likeable, very outgoing,” Smith said. “Focused on family and very sensitive to other people’s concerns or problems or issues. She was genuinely a very nice person to have a conversation with and to share both fortunate and unfortunate events.”
The extended family last gathered in March, for the funeral of Smith’s and Mestas’ uncle.
“She shined,” Smith said. “She was vocal and attentive and comforting […]