Dozens attend Albuquerque vigil to honor the life of cinematographer shot dead by Alec Baldwin

The grieving husband and son of the cinematographer killed with a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on a movie set on Thursday were seen leaving a New Mexico hotel two days after the fatal accident. 

Matthew Hutchins, who has shared his heartbreak on social media after losing wife Hylena Hutchins, 42, was spotted along with the couple’s son, nine-year-old Andros. 

Father and son carried their luggage, likely after having checked out from the hotel they were staying at. 

Andros and Matthew attended a private memorial held in Santa Fe on Friday, with Alec Baldwin also in attendance. It was reported that grief counselors were present at the service. 

Matthew and Baldwin have reportedly been in contact after the accident and the actor has been ‘very supportive,’ according to the late cinematographer’s husband.    

Matthew Hutchins and son Andros leave a New Mexico Hotel and relocate to another location after the tragic death of wife Halyna Hutchins, who was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin while making a western movie

Matthew Hutchins has shared his heartbreak on social media, where he's written heartfelt tributes to his late wife

Matthew Hutchins has shared his heartbreak on social media, where he’s written heartfelt tributes to his late wife 

Ukraine-born Halyna Hutchins, 42, was the mother of 9-year-old Andros (pictured leaving New Mexico with his father)

Ukraine-born Halyna Hutchins, 42, was the mother of 9-year-old Andros (pictured leaving New Mexico with his father) 

The International Cinematographers Guild organized a candlelight vigil at Albuquerque Civic Plaza, as calls for measures to protect movie crew from on-set firearm-related accidents grow.

Another vigil for Hutchins is planned for Sunday from 6pm to 7.30pm at the IATSE Local 80 headquarters in Burbank.

Dozens attended the vigil in Albuquerque, held candles, gave heartfelt speeches about Hutchins, and shared what a beloved member of the community she was.

‘Tonight is about Halyna. There will be plenty of time to focus on the who, on the what, on the why in the future,’ said a woman during the vigil.

‘But we have two things to accomplish tonight. The first is to comfort each other and the second is to celebrate the remarkable life of a remarkable woman that was cut short way too soon,’ she went on to say.

‘Let’s all take a moment and gather together to honor Halyna and her accomplishments and grieve together as one. Please bring your own candle, and join together for a candlelight vigil for Halyna,’ the International Cinematographers Guild had previously shared on a Facebook post.

Signs reading ‘She deserved a safe workplace!’ and ‘S.O.S Safety on sets’ were held by those who attended the vigil on Saturday. 

Dozens congregated on Saturday in Albuquerque to celebrate the life of Halyna Hutchins, as calls for safety on movie sets grow

Dozens congregated on Saturday in Albuquerque to celebrate the life of Halyna Hutchins, as calls for safety on movie sets grow 

Christian Hutchins, no relation to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, places a candle in front of a photo of Hutchins during a vigil held in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23

Christian Hutchins, no relation to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, places a candle in front of a photo of Hutchins during a vigil held in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23

Another vigil for Hutchins, who was a 42-year-old mother, is planned for Sunday from 6pm to 7.30pm at the IATSE Local 80 headquarters in Burbank

Another vigil for Hutchins, who was a 42-year-old mother, is planned for Sunday from 6pm to 7.30pm at the IATSE Local 80 headquarters in Burbank

People attending the vigil pay tribute to Hutchins by holding candles in her honor. A second vigil is planned for Sunday in Burbank

People attending the vigil pay tribute to Hutchins by holding candles in her honor. A second vigil is planned for Sunday in Burbank 

The International Cinematographers Guild organized the vigil. 'Let's all take a moment and gather together to honor Halyna and her accomplishments and grieve together as one. Please bring your own candle, and join together for a candlelight vigil for Halyna,' the Guild had previously shared on a Facebook post

The International Cinematographers Guild organized the vigil. ‘Let’s all take a moment and gather together to honor Halyna and her accomplishments and grieve together as one. Please bring your own candle, and join together for a candlelight vigil for Halyna,’ the Guild had previously shared on a Facebook post

A candlelit memorial is held for Halyna Hutchins at the civic plaza in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hutchins was tragically killed by Alec Baldwin in an on set shooting accident

A candlelit memorial is held for Halyna Hutchins at the civic plaza in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hutchins was tragically killed by Alec Baldwin in an on set shooting accident

Two people comfort each other during a vigil held to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at Albuquerque Civic Plaza

Two people comfort each other during a vigil held to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at Albuquerque Civic Plaza

After the fatal incident that took Hutchins' life, people in the entertainment industry are calling for Hollywood to ban the use of firearms on film sets

After the fatal incident that took Hutchins’ life, people in the entertainment industry are calling for Hollywood to ban the use of firearms on film sets

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base 'surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines', Halyna, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot with a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin in a movie set in New Mexico on Thursday

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot with a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin in a movie set in New Mexico on Thursday. Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’, Hutchins, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career

The International Cinematographers Guild organized the vigil at Albuquerque Civic Plaza, with attendees holding signs calling for safety on movie sets

The International Cinematographers Guild organized the vigil at Albuquerque Civic Plaza, with attendees holding signs calling for safety on movie sets 

Martin Romero (Left) and Glendora Fragua(Right), both of Albuquerque, New Mexico, attend a vigil held to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Martin Romero (Left) and Glendora Fragua(Right), both of Albuquerque, New Mexico, attend a vigil held to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

A change.org petition calling for Hollywood to ban the use of firearms on film sets has gathered over 10,000 signatures since it was created on Thursday.

The petition was started by Hutchins’ friend and colleague Director Bandar Albuliwi who wrote: ‘We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again. There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets.’ 

He tweeted: ‘There’s no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore. Should just be fully outlawed. There’s computers now.   

A petition calling to ban the use of live weapons on film sets has gathered over 10,000 signatures after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the set of Rust when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun loaded with live ammunition killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza

A petition calling to ban the use of live weapons on film sets has gathered over 10,000 signatures after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the set of Rust when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun loaded with live ammunition killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza

Halyna Hutchins' husband, Matthew, shared a touching tribute to his wife with a picture of her with their 9-year-old son Andros

Halyna Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, shared a touching tribute to his wife with a picture of her with their 9-year-old son Andros

Matthew attended a private memorial service for this wife with his son and Alec Baldwin, with whom he has been in contact following his wife's tragic death

Matthew attended a private memorial service for this wife with his son and Alec Baldwin, with whom he has been in contact following his wife’s tragic death

Gun that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands and claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins was used for off-set target practice by crew members and live ammo and blanks were stored together, sources say 

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol when it accidentally went off. It is not known who loaded the weapon and why it went off as a replacement crew was brought in the day of the incident (The gun pictured above is a vintage Colt pistol manufactured between 1873-92. While the exact model of the gun used is unknown, Rust is set in the 1880s)

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol when it accidentally went off. It is not known who loaded the weapon and why it went off as a replacement crew was brought in the day of the incident (The gun pictured above is a vintage Colt pistol manufactured between 1873-92. While the exact model of the gun used is unknown, Rust is set in the 1880s)

 The gun that killed the cinematographer on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust had been used for target practice by crew members, sources linked to the western film’s production said. 

Multiple sources connected to the set of Rust told TMZ that the same Colt pistol that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, had been used recreationally by crew members. 

The sources claim that some crew members would go off for target practice using real bullets, and some believe a live round from those practice sessions found its way onto the set. 

Another source told TMZ that live ammo and blanks were being stored in the same area on set, offering another possible explanation as to how a bullet was fired from Baldwin’s Colt.  

A search warrant released Friday said that Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, had laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the Colt from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds. 

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said. 

Seconds later, filming a scene inside an Old West-style church, Baldwin apparently aimed towards the camera and pulled the trigger, accidentally killing Hutchins as she filmed him, and injuring Souza, who stood behind her. 

Two production sources who previously worked with Gutierrez-Reed said this was not the first time she was involved in an incident on a movie set. 

The two sources told The Daily Beast that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had allegedly given an 11-year-old actress a gun without checking it properly while on the set of the Nicholas Cage film, The Old Way. 

‘There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe,’ one of the sources said.

Sources on the set of Rust said the incident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins could be tied to the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

Sources on the set of Rust said the incident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins could be tied to the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again.’  

Sources on the Rust set have said the fatal incident that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured Souza, 48, was a result of production failings from top to bottom. 

They added that assistant director Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was safe, should have checked the weapon. 

‘He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he failed us,’ one of the sources on set said. ‘He’s the last person that’s supposed to look at that firearm.’

A Rust production source told The Daily Beast that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crewmember on set before Thursday’s tragic incident. 

The source described Gutierrez-Reed as ‘inexperienced and green.’ 

 

Hutchins died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque after the fatal accident on Thursday on the set of ‘Rust,’ a western about a 13-year-old who goes on the run with his estranged grandfather, played by Baldwin. 

Matthew Hutchins tweeted a photo of his wife and their nine-year-old son Andros on Friday captioned: ‘Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words.

‘Our loss is enormous, and we ask that the media please respect my family’s privacy as we process our grief. We thank everyone for sharing images and stories of her life.’

The grieving husband told DailyMail.com on Friday morning that he had spoken with the actor. ‘I have spoken with Alec Baldwin and he is being very supportive,’ he said.

Baldwin shared on social media that he feels shocked and sad over the accident that led to Hutchin’s death and wounded director Joel Souza.

‘There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and deeply admired colleague of ours,’ Baldwin said Friday via Twitter.

The actor also said he was fully cooperating with the police investigation. IATSE Local 44, a labor union for professionals in the entertainment industry, has said that the prop gun fired by Baldwin contained a live single road.

'Tonight is about Halyna. There will be plenty of time to focus on the who, on the what, on the why in the future,' said a woman during the vigil

‘Tonight is about Halyna. There will be plenty of time to focus on the who, on the what, on the why in the future,’ said a woman during the vigil

'But we have two things to accomplish tonight. The first is to comfort each other and the second is to celebrate the remarkable life of a remarkable woman that was cut short way too soon, ' she went on to say

‘But we have two things to accomplish tonight. The first is to comfort each other and the second is to celebrate the remarkable life of a remarkable woman that was cut short way too soon, ‘ she went on to say

Candles are placed in front of a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor

Candles are placed in front of a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor

Attendees of the vigil held candles, gave heartfelt speeches about Hutchins, and shared what a beloved member of the community she was

Attendees of the vigil held candles, gave heartfelt speeches about Hutchins, and shared what a beloved member of the community she was

A GoFundMe page has been created by the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 to raise funds to support the Hutchins family.

The American Film Institute has established a memorial scholarship to support aspiring female cinematographers in her honor.

The details of what went wrong on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust’ will be gathered in the coming weeks through multiple public and private investigations.

But as production veterans grappled with the tragic news that Hutchins was killed on October 22 in a gun accident on the set, knowledgeable sources pointed to several concerning industry trends that are reflected in the behind-the-scenes story of the low-budget independent Western. 

An inconsolable Alec Baldwin is shown outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office after accidentally shooting and killing the cinematographer on Thursday

An inconsolable Alec Baldwin is shown outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office after accidentally shooting and killing the cinematographer on Thursday

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed. Workers had been protesting over the fact production wouldn't pay for them to stay in hotels and motels in Santa Fe, instead forcing them to drive an hour to Albuquerque

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed. Workers had been protesting over the fact production wouldn’t pay for them to stay in hotels and motels in Santa Fe, instead forcing them to drive an hour to Albuquerque   

Film crew revealed they walked off set hours before the fatal accident over safety fears after firearms were accidentally discharged three times – including once by Baldwin’s stunt double who had been told the gun was not loaded, and twice in a closed cabin.

A search warrant released Friday said that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds.

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said.

Seconds later, filming a scene inside an Old West-style church, Baldwin apparently aimed towards the camera and pulled the trigger, accidentally killing Hutchins as she filmed him, and injuring director Joel Souza, who stood behind her.

Neither Halls nor Gutierrez-Reed immediately returned messages from DailyMail.com late on Friday. Neither has been charged or named as a criminal suspect in the case, though a police investigation is ongoing.

The movie, set in 1880’s Kansas, stars Baldwin as the infamous outlaw Harland Rust, whose grandson is sentenced to hang for an accidental murder. 

‘Kind and loving’ cinematographer killed in Alec Baldwin tragedy: Ukraine-born married mother Halyna Hutchins, 42, was raised on a Soviet military base surrounded by nuclear submarines, trained as a journalist and was tipped as a rising star in Hollywood

Sun streaming from above, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins smiles into the camera as she films herself riding off into the New Mexico desert on horseback.

This was the last Instagram post shared by the married mother-of-one before she was accidentally killed by actor Alec Baldwin when he fired a prop gun while filming a scene for an upcoming Western on a ranch near Santa Fe.

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’, Halyna, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career – and started a family. 

Sun streaming from above, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins smiles into the camera as she films herself riding off into the New Mexico desert on horseback. This was the last Instagram post shared by the married mother-of-one before she was accidentally killed by actor Alec Baldwin when he fired a prop gun while filming a scene for upcoming Western, Rust, yesterday

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base 'surrounded by reindeer and submarines', Halyna had recently wrapped on a project in Ireland and was tipped for a bright future in Hollywood when her life was so tragically cut short. Pictured, in 2018

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and submarines’, Halyna had recently wrapped on a project in Ireland and was tipped for a bright future in Hollywood when her life was so tragically cut short. Pictured, in 2018

Her social media profiles also paint a clear image of a free-spirited, much-loved friend, many of whom have been paying tribute. Pictured, a touching post by close friend Stephanie

Her social media profiles also paint a clear image of a free-spirited, much-loved friend, many of whom have been paying tribute. Pictured, a touching post by close friend Stephanie

Remembered by friends as a ‘kind’ and ‘loving soul’, Halyna lived in Venice Beach, California, with her husband Matthew, a lawyer, and their son Andros, known affectionately as her ‘little man’ and thought to be around nine years old. 

‘Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,’ one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. ‘I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time.’

Social media photos capture a playfulness and sense of adventure, with Halloween costume parties, road trips with friends and days out exploring all lit up by Halyna’s smile. 

She was also highly regarded by her peers and had been tipped as a ‘rising star’ by other cinematographers. ‘She was somebody who was absolutely dedicated to art and integrity,’ director, colleague and friend Adam Mortimer told GMB this morning. ‘I can tell already she was going to be a genius.’ 

Halya (right) on a visit back to Kiev in December 2018. She was raised on a military base in the country and later attended the National University of Kyiv, studying International Journalism

Halya (right) on a visit back to Kiev in December 2018. She was raised on a military base in the country and later attended the National University of Kyiv, studying International Journalism

Baldwin, 62, was filming a scene for new film Rust when the gun went off around 1.50pm, fatally wounding Hutchins and leaving writer-director Joel Souza, 48, injured. The incident took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Hutchins was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital in an air ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time after. 

Souza was taken by ambulance to the Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center. He has since been released although his exact condition is unclear.

Will Stewart, Daily Mail’s Moscow correspondent, told how Halyna had worked for him in the mid-2000s. 

‘This is devastating and incomprehensible news about the death of Halyna Hutchins. She worked for my news agency from Kyiv for several years in the mid-2000s after graduating from a local university in International Journalism.

‘Halyna was involved in many stories for British newspapers and magazines, but she showed a special talent for documentaries, perhaps her first taste of film in which she went on to be so successful in America.

‘At this time while she was with us, in 2006, she was Associate Producer on a documentary for Discovery Channel on Ukrainian icon Leonid Stadnyk called World’s Tallest Man, made by British company Wild Pictures.

‘She was instrumental in Mr Stadnyk feeling at ease taking part in the documentary which focused on the problems of being exceptionally tall.

‘The film, made by leading British director Richard Denton, with former BBC Head of Documentaries Paul Hamann as executive producer, would not have happened without her.

‘Mr Stadnyk, a shy man, trusted Halyna after refusing many other film offers, and thanked her afterwards.

‘Pictures ahead of the film shows him towering over Halyna at his home in the village of Podoliantsy.

‘She later went to the US with her husband Matt and accomplished great things through her huge talent and creativity but also her relentless determination to study and learn.

‘She once told my Russian colleagues that she felt she was a perpetual student in America, but her efforts paid off and she achieved the success she thoroughly deserved.

‘It is tragic that she died in such a cruel and inexplicable way while doing the job she so loved.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and their son, and Halyna’s family in Ukraine.’

Richard Denton, the producer behind Shakespeare Uncovered and many films in the former USSR, said today: ‘Halyna was the most wonderful, vital, lively and positive person to work with.

‘She was friendly and enormously helpful. She handled everything from translating interviews to making Leonid’s horse move in the right direction.

‘She was completely unpretentious and incredibly professional.’

Her death was ‘senseless and stupid.’

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