When a gunman opened fire Sunday night from a 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a popular country music concert, 58 people were killed and more than 525 were injured.

Several of the wounded have connections to Chino and Chino Hills.

Rocio Guillen

Rocio Guillen, 40, of Eastvale, was among the 58 killed in Sunday’s shooting. 

She was engaged to longtime Chino Hills resident Chris Jaksha, a 1999 Ayala High School graduate, and was the mother of four children—Marcus, 18; Chris, 13; 18-month old Sophia; and 7-week-old Austin.

A Go Fund Me page— https://www.gofundme.com/rocio-guillen-rocha— was set up for funeral costs and burial. The page had generated $23,000 as of Friday morning.

Ms. Guillen was raised in Anaheim and attended Katella High School. 

Donations, including diapers for her two youngest children, can be dropped off at three places in Chino Hills and a home in Eastvale.

In Chino Hills, donations can be dropped off at 3393 Tupelo St., 16656 Longacre Ave., and Agape Fitness at 14527 Chino Hills Parkway.

In Eastvale, donations will be accepted at 13862 Almond Grove Court. 

An all-day fundraiser for Ms. Guillen’s family will take place at Roscoe’s Famous Deli, 14700 Pipeline Ave. in Chino Hills, on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Information: Shannon Dahl, 282-2046.

Rick Uribe

Longtime Chino Hills resident Rick Uribe was hospitalized at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas with two gunshot wounds to the stomach. 

He is listed in stable condition and was walking, although his steps were small in size, said his daughter, Dyanna Uribe-DeSousa, who started a Go Fund Me page for her father that had reached $22,900 in donations.

“They are so thankful and blessed by everyone’s prayers and generosity,” she wrote on the page that can be viewed at https://www.gofundme.com/x8yht-ricks-road-to-recovery.

Doctors had to remove a piece of his intestine and colon and he was on a breathing machine to stabilize his body. 

Henry Romero

Henry Romero of Chino Hills remains hospitalized in Las Vegas after being shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He was with his wife and friends when he heard gunfire around him, said friend James Williamson. 

“He told his wife to get down. As he was lying on her to protect her, he was struck in both legs. He told his wife that he was shot,” Mr. Williamson said. “He was unable to run and  good Samaritans dragged him to shelter.”

Mr. Williamson said Mr. Romero was put into an SUV and driven to a hospital.

 

Chino police employee Susy Acosta was at the concert during the shooting, and was struck in the arm by a piece of shrapnel, said Chief Karen Comstock. 

“Her injury was not life threatening and she is doing well,” the chief said.

Ms. Acosta is a police service officer assigned to the detective bureau.

Chief Comstock added that several other police department employees attended Sunday’s concert, but were unhurt. 

Jessica Leonard and Anthony Crisci

Chino residents Jessica Leonard and Anthony Crisci were both wounded by gunfire during Sunday’s concert. 

Mr. Crisci was wounded in the left thigh, and Ms. Leonard wounded in the back of the leg. 

They were rushed to a hospital by bystanders. 


Blood drives held for Las Vegas shooting victims

O-negative blood sought for victims

United Blood Services Nevada Region is calling for blood donations, specifically O-negative, in light of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.

Lifestream, a local non-profit blood center, is putting out the call for O-negative blood. Donors with other types of blood are asked to give in the coming weeks and months because the victims will continue to need blood for future surgeries and transfusions.

For donation locations, visit giftoflife.lstream.org/donor/schedules/zip.

City of Chino Hills 

Lifestream will host a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Chino Hills city hall, 14000 City Center Drive. Information: lstream.org.

Ayala High School 

Lifestream will host a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Ayala High School, 14255 Peyton Drive in Chino Hills. Information: lsteam.org


 

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