Remembering the Victims: SoCal Ties to Las Vegas Massacre

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On Tuesday night, the girlfriend of the crazed gunman who killed 59 people and injured 0ver 500 0thers was met by FBI agents at LAX.  Marilou Danley was being questioned at the FBI's Los Angeles field office on Wednesday after returning from a trip to Manila in the Philippines.

 

Danley lived with the shooter, Stephen Paddock, and had been away visiting family at the time of the shooting.  Authorities had been trying to track her down since the attack. She is considered a person of interest.

 

On Wednesday, she was reportedly speaking to FBI agents along with her attorney. One of the questions authorities want answered is, why Paddock wired $100,000 to an account under Danley's name in the Philippines.  Her identification was found inside Paddock’s hotel suite, where he took his own life.

 

She’ll also be asked about his proliferation of assault weapons—he is estimated to have owned at least 40—and whether she was aware of any plans Paddock had regarding their use.

 

Danley's brother told the family that his sister has a "clean conscience" and her sisters in Australia have said they believed Paddock "sent her away" to the Philippines when he planned the shooting.

 

The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was attended by approximately 22,000 during the three day weekend, Friday through Sunday. As a magnet for entertainment, Las Vegas is a popular playground for folks in nearby Southern California.

 

Here’s a partial list of California residents who’ll be remembered:

 

Carrie Barnette was a member of Disney’s California Adventure culinary team in Anaheim.  

 

Jack Beaton, 54, lost his life shielding his wife from bullets. The couple travelled from Bakersfield to Las Vegas, where they celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.   

 

Sandy Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, who had worked there for almost a decade.

 

Denise Cohen, 58, was supposed to return to California High School in Ramon, Calif., where she graduated in 1977.  She died with her boyfriend, 56-year-old Derrick “Bo” Taylor.  

 

Austin Davis, 29, from Riverside went missing after the shooting.  He never made it out alive.  

 

The scene of the shootings in Las Vegas is still being considered an “active” investigation site. As the nearly 600 people either killed or injured and families begin to rebuild their lives, let’s remember them in our thoughts, prayers and our wallets.  A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the victims.  It has raised $8.5 million within 4 days. 

 

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