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Carpinteria woman, Oxnard man reportedly killed in Las Vegas shooting

Denise Cohen of Carpinteria and Derrick Bo Taylor of Oxnard reportedly were among the 59 people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Denise Cohen of Carpinteria and Derrick Bo Taylor of Oxnard reportedly were among the 59 people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

A Carpinteria woman and her boyfriend reportedly were among the 59 people killed in Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

According to postings on Facebook, Denise Cohen of Carpinteria and Derrick Bo Taylor of Oxnard died in the attack on the Route 91 Festival, which also left more than 500 people injured, including at least one Santa Barbara couple. At least 45 patients at two hospitals remained in critical condition Monday.

A friend of Cohen and Taylor, Leana Orsua, shared the news on her Facebook page early Tuesday: “With heavy heart, I have just confirmed the unbelievable news that Denise Cohen and Bo Taylor did not survive this horrific tragedy.”

As of midday Monday, there has been no official confirmation of their deaths from authorities in Las Vegas.

The couple reportedly was staying at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and never checked out. They also reportedly missed their airline flight home.

Friends had reached out to Noozhawk.com on Monday, saying they had been unable to reach either Cohen or Taylor.

The couple reportedly each have two grown sons.

The gunman — identified by Las Vegas police as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada — unleashed the attack on the country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino across the street.

Police say Paddock was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot in the hotel room.

Crystal Alaniz left her place in front of the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to use the restroom when the shooting broke out.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz.

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