SAN RAMON, Calif. (Allie Rasmus/KTVU) - Two California High School graduates in San Ramon were among the 59 victims of the Las Vegas shooting – the pair graduated eight years apart from each other.
The family of 57-year-old Denise Cohen confirmed her death on Facebook along with her companion Derrick "Bo" Taylor.
They lived in Southern California and were in Las Vegas for the country concert on Sunday night when the shooting happened. She graduated from Cal High in 1977, and her family said he had even been planning to return to her alma matter’s homecoming next weekend.
Cohen's son wrote: "I am so very heartbroken and I love my mother more than anything in this world... we are all in shock and are still trying to process this."
This tragic news followed confirmation earlier on Tuesday that Stacee Etcheber - a Novato mother of two and wife of a San Francisco police officer also died in the shooting. Etcheber graduated from Cal High Ramon in 1985.
Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember her at her children's elementary school in Novato.
Etcheber and her husband were at the concert when shots rang out. During a lull in the gunfire, her husband stopped to help some of the injured and told his wife to run.
“He went with his instinct and his instinct was to help people,” said Al Etcheber, Stacee’s brother-in-law, speaking of his brother Vinnie’s actions. “And I don't want him living with that regret at all. I guarantee his wife tried to help people too. That's just who those two were."