DENVER – As investigators continue to look into the Las Vegas shooting attack that’s being described as the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history, we’re learning more about the scores of people injured and killed.
At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a man opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night from a room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Investigators say the shooter took his own life before officers were able to reach him.
Here’s what we know so far about people from Colorado who were hurt or killed in the attack:
Christopher Roybal, 28, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan. Roybal’s girlfriend told Denver7 he moved to the Denver area in February and had recently been transferred to the Aurora location of Crunch Fitness, where he worked. Roybal was in Las Vegas celebrating his birthday along with his mother, who managed to escape from the festival without injury.
Roybal lived in Greenwood Village and would sometimes travel to other locations for work. Coworkers said it had been "a really tough 24 hours for us all."
"I thought he had brought out the best in me anytime I was around him," said coworker Cole Coffeen. "I'll never forget him, ever. You know, the impact he had on me, the positive attitude."
Rachael Parker, 33, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University in June 2016 and was killed in the Las Vegas shooting.
The Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police Department writes that Parker was a records technician for the department, and her smile “could light up a room, even on the most difficult of days.”
The department says that she had a passion for working with older adults, had a love for dogs, and had adopted two furry friends of her own: Maddie and Izzy.
She was a country music fan who liked to bake and watch Los Angeles Kings hockey games.
“Rachael, we love you and we miss you. Our hearts are breaking. Please keep Rachael’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Det. Curtis Leoni
Off-duty Englewood Police Department Det. Curtis Leoni was shot twice in the leg. His ex-wife told Denver7 that he “is OK” and is expected to recover from his injuries. Leoni is a father to 10-year-old twin boys.
Denver7 will update this story if we learn that more Colorado residents were injured or killed in the attack.