A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation lieutenant with ties to Galt was among the 59 people killed Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Derrick “Bo” Taylor started his 29-year career at Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt in 1988, according to a CDCR newsletter. He went on to work at the California Correctional Institution, Wasco State Prison, High Desert State Prison and Pleasant Valley State Prison in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Taylor served as the camp commander at La Cima Conservation Camp for 10 years starting in 2004. He most recently oversaw Ventura Conservation Camp in Camarillo, where inmates work as regional firefighters under the Sierra Conservation Center umbrella.
“There are no words to express the feeling of loss and sadness regarding Bo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We truly are a family here at SCC and Bo’s loss will be felt throughout the prison, conservation camps, and Department,” Warden Joel Martinez wrote in a memo to staff.
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Taylor’s girlfriend, Denise Cohen of Carpinteria, was also killed in the massacre. A GoFundMe account has been established to pay for Cohen’s funeral costs and other expenses.
Cohen and Taylor each leave behind two adult children, according to social media posts.
64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., fired into a crowded Jason Aldean concert on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sunday night, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. Paddock later fatally shot himself.
Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052,@benjyEgel