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Denise Cohen

October 5, 2017
This undated photo provided by her son Jeff Rees, right, shows Denise Cohen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Courtesy of Jeff Rees via AP)
This undated photo provided by her son Jeff Rees, right, shows Denise Cohen, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Courtesy of Jeff Rees via AP)

As Jeff Rees thinks about his mom, Denise Cohen, one thing keeps repeating in his head: Her laugh.

“When she would take me to the movies as a kid, I was just waiting to hear her laugh because it would just crack me up,” Rees said.

Cohen, 58, and her boyfriend Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 56, both died at the Las Vegas concert. Taylor was a lieutenant in the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. He worked as a commander at the Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses inmates that help California fight wildfires.

Rees met Taylor last year, when he traveled to California to visit his mother. The two had dated on and off for several years.

Cohen was a woman who lived life to the fullest and made everyone around her feel their best, Rees said.

“I feel sorry for all of the people in the world who never got a chance to meet her,” he said.

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