These are the victims from Southern California killed when a gunman fired from a hotel room on the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. The shooting left at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.
Portraits of Southern Californians killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. All photos courtesy of relatives.
Courtesy of Luzdelia Caballero
Hannah Ahlers was a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. "She was beautiful inside and out and loved life and people," her family said. "She was our sunshine."
Carrie Barnette worked at Disneyland and lived in Gardena. Disney CEO Robert Iger tweeted, "A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic."
Candice Bowers was the mother of three children and died doing what she loved, dancing to country music among loved ones.
Sandy Casey was a special education teacher from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Casey worked at the district for nine years. Read the
She was at the concert celebrating her 28th birthday, family said. "She was holding hands with her sister watching the band when they heard 'Duck' and shots being fired. Sadly, Andrea was shot in the head." Read the
Denise Cohen leaves behind two sons in their 30s. "She loved life," said a family friend. "He loved people." Derrick Taylor, her boyfriend, was also killed in the shooting.
Davis was a man's man, his family said. He took pride in his hard work. "If he knew u, he loved you. That's just how he cared for people." Austin met his high-school sweetheart Aubree, nine years ago.
Day, a homebuilder, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his children when he was killed. His kids described him as "the best dad."
Duarte was a recent University of Arizona graduate who worked for the Los Angeles Kings. She was attending the concert with her brother's girlfriend. Read the
Fraser was having the time of his life with his wife, family, and friends. He had made his way closer to the front of the stage in anticipation for his favorite Jason Aldean song, "Dirt Road Anthem," when he was fatally shot. He leaves behind his wife, children, parents and loved ones in a world of pain and emptiness. Read the
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Keri and her husband Justin retreated to Las Vegas for a festive weekend of relaxation and live music before tragedy struck. She is fondly remembered as being a 'supermom' who was supportive and loving of her three young children. Read the
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Gardner was a deputy recorder-county clerk in the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's Office. She had worked for the county since 1991. She attended the concert with one of her daughters.
Gomez was a Riverside Polytechnic High School gradute in 2015. "We are heartbroken," the school district said. "Please join me in lifting her and her family up in prayer. She will always be loved and endeared by our Poly Family." Read the
Guillen , recently had given birth to her fourth child and gotten engaged, according to relatives. Her ex-husband expressed his grief on Facebook, writing, "Words cannot explain how much is hurts me to see the pain in my boys' eyes when they found out that their mom was taken from them last night in Las Vegas by a senseless act of violence." Read the
"No words can describe the loss to our LVMPD family. We will see you again some day. Till then, watch over every officer while they go out and keep the innocent people safe from the evil." Read the
Hazencomb was at the concert with friends.
Topaz was a lawyer based out of San Diego. Her publicist Jay Jones described her as "smart, charming and driven." "My good friend, colleague, and business partner Jennifer Irvine was killed by a madman at the festival in Las Vegas," attorney Thomas Slattery of Coronado posted on his Facebook page. "A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady. She will be greatly missed."
"Nicol's heart was bigger than most human beings, her spirit was beautiful, her laugh was infectious, and she just had a way of making every time we gathered an awesome one," family wrote on a gofundme page. "She made you jealous of how much she loved life. And if you didn't know her, you missed out on a better life than the one you have."
Victor Link had an adopted adult son. Link, a loan processor, and his fiancee had recently traveled to Europe. His sister, Lisa Link Hiestand, says, "He was very funny. He was always there for you."
"Pati was one great lady, loved her family and country music," her family said. "She was at the concert in las Vegas enjoying he music that she waited so long to go to...happy and excited."
Parker was a records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department. She was remembered as someone with a "bubbly" personality and a willingness to help others. Read the
Jenny Parks was a mother of three children and a kindergarten teacher from Palmdale. She leaves behind husband, Bobby, who was also shot and struck in the arm. Parks' father-in-law, Gary, said Jenny was the "best mother in the whole world." Read the
Bob texted his wife the night of the shooting but didn't hear back. He waited all night and then drove to Las Vegas at 6 a.m. the next day, went to the Convention Center and didn't find out she was dead until the end of the day. She and her husband have three children. Read the
Phippen had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match, wrote his friend, Leah Nagyivanyi. "You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life and having fun doing them." John leaves behind five children and a grandson. His youngest daughter's mother died three years ago. Read the
Ramirez graduated from Cal State Bakersfield in 2014 with a degree in business administration. According to a memorial Facebook page, she lived in North Hollywood and worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Ramirez was a sports fan who loved the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and USC Trojans. She posted a picture of herself and a friend at the Las Vegas music festival on Instagram on Saturday. "Please keep the Ramirez family in your prayers," a relative wrote on a GoFundMe page. "Keep them in your thoughts and celebrate the life of a young woman who has gone to be with the Lord."
Rivera was a graduate of Bonita High School. She was attending Cal State San Bernardino, where she was studying health-care management. "I personally got a chance to know her when we spent time together last summer in London during the summer abroad program," CSUSB President Tomas Morales wrote in an email to students. "As one of her faculty members noted, we will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy and kindness."
Royal was a dog handler for the Navy, served in Afghanistan and survived combat. He lived in Denver but grew up in Corona. Read the
Laura Shipp was a single mother, a dispatcher at an air conditioning company and a Dodgers fan, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Ventura County Star reported.
She was a Simi Valley Unified School District office manager. She worked for the district for 16 years. Read the
Son Kyle said, "My dad was the most honest, caring, giving man I've ever known." Taylor was a 29-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Denise Cohen, his girlfriend, also died in the shooting.
Vo worked at New York Life Insurance in the Glendale/Pasadena area. She grew up in Northern California, attending UC Davis. One of her co-workers wrote on Facebook that she was "such an inspiration to so many of us." "Anytime I had a question she would always be there, in the computer lab, on the phone, in the lobby, etc. I'm in shock," the co-worker wrote. "You were a true girl boss and will be truly missed."