Local victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - More than a dozen victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas hailed from Southern California, including several from Riverside County, and the number continued to rise as relatives identified the dead.

Authorities said 59 people were killed in Sunday night's massacre, which was carried out by former Southern California resident Stephen Paddock, 64.

Some of those injured in the concert shooting are directly from the Coachella Valley.

Alexis Arias, a teacher at Amistad Continuation High School, is recovering from a gunshot wound and a broken pelvis at a Las Vegas hospital. She was attending the Harvest Festival when she was shot.

Michael Caster, an employee at Eisenhower Medical Center is in the ICU recovering after being shot while attending the Harvest Festival.

According a GoFundMe account set up for Caster, he has no feeling from the waist down and will need extensive physical therapy. 

Eisenhower Medical Center issued this statement: 

"Eisenhower Medical Center has reached out privately to express concern and support to the family of an employee who was present at the mass shooting on Sunday evening in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with all who were injured for their healing and recovery, and our sincere condolences are extended to the families and friends of those who have died."

-Liz Guignier, Vice President, Human Resources, Eisenhower Medical Center

To help Michael with recovery efforts, you can donate here.

Here is a list of the local victims whose identities have become public:

Angela Gomez

Angela Gomez, 20, of Riverside, graduated from Polytechnic High School in 2015, then attended Riverside City College.

"This is a tremendous loss for the Riverside Unified family, and we are shaken and saddened by this news,'' according to the Riverside Unified School District. "Poly High staff remember Angela Gomez -- also known as 'Angie' -- as a fun-loving young lady with a great sense of humor. They say she loved the stage and participated for many years with Riverside Children's Theater, as well as being involved in her middle and high school choirs.''

Carrie Barnette

Carrie Barnette, 34, had recently purchased a home in Riverside, and worked at a cafe at Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim.

"Carrie Barnette had been a member of the Disney California Adventure culinary team for 10 years and was beloved by her friends and colleagues,'' said Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger. "Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time.''

Christopher Roybal

Christopher "Chris'' Roybal, 28, of Riverside, spent a decade in the Navy and had recently finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

"He went to combat and came back without being injured, and then goes to a concert and dies,'' the victim's mother, Debby Allen, told reporters in Las Vegas. Roybal was set to celebrate his 29th birthday next week, she said.

Hannah Ahlers

Hannah Ahlers, 35, of Beaumont, was married and had three children. Her family said she was "beautiful inside and out and loved life and people. She was our sunshine.''

Rocio Guillen

Rocio Guillen, 40, of Eastvale, had recently given birth to her fourth child. Relatives said she had recently gotten engaged. Her ex-husband expressed his pain 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.''

Thomas Day Jr.

 Thomas Day Jr., 54, of Corona, was a homebuilder and attended the concert with all four of his children.

"He was the best dad,'' father, Thomas Day Sr., told the Los Angeles Times. ``That's why the kids were with him.''

Austin Davis

Austin Davis, 29, a pipefitter from Riverside, was attending the concert with family friends. His girlfriend, Aubree Hennigan, had pleaded for help finding him after the shooting, but later confirmed that Davis was among the dead.

"Tonight we lost an amazing man,'' she wrote on Facebook. "Austin, my love, I can't believe this happened. You didn't deserve this.''

Sandy Casey

Sandy Casey, 35, a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School. Casey worked at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District for nine years.

"We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students,'' Superintendent Mike Matthews said.

Rachael Parker

Rachael Parker, 33, was a records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department. She was one of four members of the MBPD at the concert. A police officer was also shot but suffered only minor injuries.

"She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed,'' according to the department.

John Phippen

John Phippen, 56, of Valencia, owned a remodeling company known as JP Specialties. He attended the country music festival with his son, Travis, who was shot in an arm but helped treat more than a dozen wounded people in the crowd.

"He was my best friend,'' Travis told the Los Angeles Times about his father. "He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle.''

Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks was a Lancaster kindergarten teacher and mother of two.

According to a GoFundMe page established for the family, Parks "was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher and so much more.''

"She touched many lives. Her life was cut far too short on the last night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She leaves behind her husband, Bobby, and young children, Bryce and Leah, parents and brothers and their families. Let's show our support to her family as we mourn this sad loss.''

Her husband was shot in an arm during the melee.

Christina Duarte

Christina Duarte, 22, of Torrance, was attending the concert with her brother's girlfriend. She was initially reported missing following the shooting, but friends told the Daily Breeze Tuesday she had been confirmed dead.

The recent Loyola Marymount University graduate and Chapman University law student worked in fan services for the Los Angeles Kings.

Jennifer Irvine

Jennifer Irvine, 42, ran a family-law and criminal-defense practice out of an office high-rise near San Diego's El Cortez hotel.

"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.''

Susan Smith

Susan Smith, 53, was an office manager for the Simi Valley Unified School District. She worked for the district for 16 years.

Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner, 52, was a deputy recorder-county clerk in San Bernardino, where she had worked since 1991. She attended the concert with one of her daughters.

If you are trying to reach out to loved ones in the Las Vegas area you can call 1-866-535-5654.

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