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Corrections officer killed in Las Vegas shooting buried in Grover Beach

GROVER BEACH, Calif. - Corrections officer Derrick "Bo" Taylor was laid to rest in Grover Beach Friday afternoon following a ceremony at the New Life Community Church. 

Taylor had nearly three decades of experience as a correctional officer before he was killed during the mass shootings at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas on October 1. 

Taylor was remembered in front of a crowd of law enforcement officers, friends, and family.

"In this negative environment we worked in, he was always a positive for all of us," corrections officer JJ Garrison told the crowd of several hundred people.

Colleagues spoke of his exceptional leadership skills, while his family spoke of his kindness. He most recently helped run the Ventura Conservation Camp in Camarillo, a program that oversees inmates working with firefighters. 

Taylor's girlfriend, Denise Cohen, was also killed in Las Vegas. 

Several speakers referenced a note left at a memorial for Taylor where a mother claims Taylor helped save lives the night of the shooting. 

"He's a hero," said Garrison. "He's always going to be a hero."


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