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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — Condolences are pouring in for many in California who were either killed or injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday. 

Names of the shooting victims from California are now becoming known and memories of those who were gunned down are being shared. 

Among those killed was beloved San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine who was 42 years old

Jennifer Irvine

She was a longtime friend of News 8 Sports Director Kyle Kraska. 

"She just loved life," said Kraska. "She just really enjoyed being around people." 

Other local shooting victims include Zack Mesker of San Marcos was shot in the lower back and is now in the ICU.  

Zack Mesker

Zack's mother said she received a call from his girlfriend Lauren Kyander to say that he had been shot. A stranger took Zack to the hospital while Lauren ran for cover. 

Also recovering in a hospital in Vegas is Jeffrey Koisher of Valley Center who has multiple gunshot wounds. His family said one bullet struck his hip and another shattered his fibula.

Jeffrey Koisher

Tina Frost, a 27-year-old accountant for Ernst & Young in San Diego, suffered a bullet wound to the face and remains comatose in an intensive-care unit, according to relatives.

Tina Frost

"Tina is out of surgery and her vitals are stable," her mother, Mary Watson Moreland, stated Monday on a GoFundMe page set up to help the family cover medical expenses. "They removed her right eye, where the bullet was lodged, and there is an implant there now to keep the space open. ... She's in a coma and on a ventilator, (and) she cannot breathe on her own. She's critically stable in ICU for at least a week. Over the next few days, they're going to see how she responds ... but until then, we won't know how bad the brain damage is.

Other locals recovering include Encinitas Fire Chief Jon Blumeyr, 54-year-old George Sanchez, and an unidentified off-duty firefighter.

The Chula Vista Police Department confirmed Wednesday that off-duty officer Fred Rowbotham was celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas with family when he was also injured by gunfire. 

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Among California residents killed was Susan Smith, a 53-year-old mother of two who had worked for the Simi Valley Unified School District since 2001.  

Susan Smith

A Facebook account for the school Smith worked at shared images of her and said she was a "wonderful woman" and an "advocate for our children." 

John Phippen - a business owner from Santa Clarita - was also killed and his son was shot. 

John Phippen

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Also killed was Rachael Parker- a 33-year-old records technician for Manhattan Beach Police. 

Rachael Parker

"She was employed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed," the department said in a statement. 

28-year-old Christopher Roybal of Corona, who fought in Afghanistan, was also killed. Roybal served in the Navy for five years as a master-at-arms. His wife said he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Christopher Roybal

"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.

Angela Gomez, a cheerleader from Riverside and an actress with the Riverside Children's Theater was also among those killed.  

Angela Gomez

"She was a cheerful young lady with a warm heart and loving spirit," a GoFundMe page reads

Sandra Casey, a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School  

Sandra Casey

"The world lost one of its true bright spots when Sandy was taken away from it," said her partner Christopher Willemse in a statement to CBS News. "She made the world a better place. She's been teaching for 11 years primarily at MBMS in Manhattan Beach [California]. She's kind, witty, and extremely funny! She loved the simple things, country music, running, and yoga!" 

Jenny Parks, a kindergarten teacher for the Lancaster School District, was married to her childhood sweetheart and the couple have two children. Jenny was killed and her husband Bobby Parks was shot in the arm and hand, according to a friend.   

Jenny Parks

Of Kern County, 20-year-old Bailey Schweitzer, whose family owns Bakersfield Speedway, was killed while attending the concert with her mother and best friend, according to a friend who spoke to CBS News.  

Bailey Schweitzer

Also killed was Jack Beaton of Bakersfield, who was shot while shielding his wife. 

Jack Beaton

Victor Link, who grew up in Shafter and lived in San Clemente was also killed.  

Victor Link

Also killed was 34-year-old Disneyland employee Carrie Barnette from Riverside. 

Carrie Barnette

"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."

50-year-old Stacee Etcheber - mother of two and wife of a San Francisco Police Officer was also killed.  

Stacee Etcheber

"She's just a loving wife, a great mother. She's tough as nails and just the salt of the earth," her brother-in-law Al Etcheber said. 

Among those recovering is Paige Gaspar - a Sonoma State student who was shot in her right side.  

Paige Gaspar

29-year-old Austin Davis, 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.

Austin Davis (Facebook via AP)

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

A mother of three, 32-year-old Heather Alvarado who had recently moved to Utah from Riverside was also killed. 

Heather Alvarado (Facebook via AP)

40-year-old Rocio Guillen of Eastvale who had recently given birth to her fourth child was also killed.

Rocio Guillen (Facebook via AP)

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."

Also killed was Thomas Day Jr. a 54-year old of Corona.

He was a homebuilder and attended the concert with all four of his children.

Tom Day Jr. with his family at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. (Courtesy of Tom Day Sr. via AP)

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

Also killed was Melissa Ramirez, a 26-year-old Littlerock native who graduated from Cal State Bakersfield in 2014 with a degree in business administration.

Melissa Ramirez (Facebook via AP)

According to a memorial Facebook page, she lived in North Hollywood and worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Brian Fraser of La Palma, a Greenpath mortgage sales manager, and a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, was also killed. 

Brian Fraser (Facebook via AP)

While others around him ducked for safety, Fraser looked around to try to spot where the shots were coming from, so that he could shield his wife. He died doing just that, his son, Nick Arellano, said.

Lisa Patterson of Lomita, married with three children, was also killed. 

Lisa Patterson

Her husband, Bob, told reporters in Las Vegas the couple had been together for more than 30 years. Bob Patterson was a coach and umpire with the Palos Verdes Girls Softball League, and Lisa was a regular volunteer and supporter of the league.

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Also killed was 21-year-old Jordyn Rivera, a native of La Verne and graduate of Bonita High School. She was attending Cal State San Bernardino, where she was studying health-care management.

Jordyn Rivera
 

"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."

52-year-old Dana Gardner, a deputy recorder-county clerk in San Bernardino since 1991, was also killed. She attended the concert with one of her daughters.

Dana Gardner (AP via Facebook)

Also killed was Kelsey Meadows, age 28, who the AP wrote loved children and returned to her hometown of Taft, California, to teach at her alma mater, Taft Union High School, after earning her degree. 

Kelsey Meadows (Courtesy of Greg and Stacy Meadows via AP)

"Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children," Principal Mary Alice Finn said in a statement.

Laura Shipp who was also killed raised her son Corey by herself according to the AP, then moved to Las Vegas from Thousand Oaks, California, a few years ago to be closer to him. Both were country music fans, and they went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival together, said Laura Shipp's mother, Joyce Shipp.

Laura Shipp (Facebook via AP)

They were together until just before a gunman opened fire Sunday night.

After her son, a Marine Corps reservist, spent more than a day trying to find out what had happened to Shipp, he was notified she was dead.

Also killed was mother of three Keri Galvan, 31, of Thousand Oaks, worked as a cocktail waitress at Mastro's in Thousand Oaks

Keri Galvan (Facebook via AP)

"She was senselessly murdered ... while enjoying a night out with her husband and friends," sister Lindsey Poole said in a statement. 

56-year-old Derrick ``Bo'' Taylor, 56, of Oxnard was also killed. He was a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Derrick "Bo" Taylor (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Taylor served the department for decades, beginning his career in 1988. He worked as a commander at the Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses inmates that help California fight wildfires, AP writes.

Also killed was Andrea Castilla, 28, of Orange, was in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend, her sister and her sister's fiance. Attended Cypress College and worked at Sephora

Andrea Castilla (Facebook via AP)

Also killed was 38-year-old Nicol Kimura, a Southern California native who lived in Placentia. She went to the festival with a group of seven men and women who call themselves "framily" — friends who are like family, according to the AP. She was fatally shot seconds after the gunfire began, said Ryan Miller, a businessman and pastor who is part of the group.

Nicol Kimura (Facebook via AP)

"She was a mom to all of our kids; they called her 'auntie,'" he said. "I have two kids myself, and they were just absolutely devastated that they will not be able to see her again."

Also killed was Denise Cohen, a the mother of two sons and her Facebook page has since become memorialized after Sunday's deadly shooting. Local media says Cohen lived for the past two years with Leana Orsua in Carpinteria, California.

Denise Cohen (Courtesy of Jeff Rees via AP)

"She was more than just a friend to me, she was like a sister or a family member," Orsua told CBS News. "She was a very active social person she touched so many lives. She was a super positive, genuine, kind-hearted individual."

Also killed was Patricia Mestas, 67, who loved attending country music concerts, her best friend told a local newspaper in Riverside, California.

Patricia Mestas (Marilynn Herman via AP)

"She went to almost every country show in driving distance," Isa Bahu told the Press-Enterprise.

Reuters writes that Mestas lived in Menifee, California, and had attended high school in Pomona.

"Her generous smile was infectious, and it brightly reflected the glory of God like a beacon of joy," her cousin Tom Smith said on Facebook.

Chris Hazencomb age 44, of Camarillo, California, was also killed. His mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, told the Ventura County Star she had him taken off a ventilator at 10:50 a.m. Monday.

Chris Hazencomb (GoFundMe)

Hazencomb was struck in the head while shielding his best friend's wife from bullets, his mother said.

He loved watching professional wrestling on TV every Monday night "even though it's phony," Maryanne Hazencomb told the newspaper. He also loved football and followed the Los Angeles Rams.

CBS News confirmed Candice Bowers' death with her aunt over the phone.

Candice Bowers (Facebook via AP)

CBS affiliate KLAS-TV reports that she was a single mother of three from Garden Grove, California. Bowers, 40, drove to Las Vegas with a friend to attend the music festival.

Also killed was Hannah Ahlers of Murrieta, who was a married 35-year-old with three children. Her family said she was "beautiful inside and out and loved life and people. She was our sunshine."

Hannah Ahlers (Facebook via AP)

Also killed was Michelle Vo, 34, who worked at New York Life Insurance in the Glendale/Pasadena area.

Michelle Vo, right, poses with her sister, Cathy (Courtesy of Paul Warren via AP)

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."

22-year-old Christina Duarte of Torrance, was attending the concert with her brother's girlfriend when she was killed.

Christina Duarte (AP Photo)

She was initially reported missing following the shooting, but friends told reporters she had been confirmed dead. The graduate of South High School and University of Arizona worked in fan services for the Los Angeles Kings.

Kurt Von Tillow, a 55-year-old of Cameron Park was also killed and his sister and niece were injured in the shooting but expected to survive according to CBS News. 

For updates on all the Las Vegas shooting victims click here

Many of the victims have GoFundMe pages set up to cover medical and funeral expenses, if you'd like to help the families of those victims, click the links in this story.  

The Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, Steve Sisolak has also set up a GoFundMe to raise funds to support victims

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