The shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California has torn families apart. 12 people were killed, another 23 injured. We have learned a lot today about the shooter, but it’s the victims that need to be remembered.
MORE CALF. SHOOTING VICTIMS ID-ED:
-Sgt. Ron Helus, 54
-Blake Dingman, 21
-Cody Coffman, 22
-Jake Dunham, 21
-Justin Meek, 23
-Telemachus Orfanoshttps://t.co/e04uA14aZq pic.twitter.com/naQeMDZEnF
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) November 9, 2018
Here are some of their stories:
ABC reports, “Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, was killed in the line of duty, (Sheriff Geoff) Dean said. He was one of the first on the scene and was shot multiple times when he entered the bar, authorities said.
Helus, 54, survived by his wife and son, was looking to retire soon, the sheriff’s office said. Instead, he made “the ultimate sacrifice,” Dean said.”
Cody Coffman (video of his father speaking is above)
CNN writes: Cody had just turned 22, and was in the process of talking to recruiters so he could join the Army, Coffman said. He was also the head umpire for a local baseball league. He touched so many people, his father said.Cody left behind three brothers under the age of 10. The family is expecting a sister later this month.
“Cody was the big brother that my kids need,” Coffman said. “He was so excited to have his first sister, and now she’ll never know. … Oh Cody, I love you son.”
“This is my firstborn child. I’m afraid he was the boy who went towards the gunman and not ran away. That’s the kind of boy that he is,” said Jason Coffman who is searching for his 22-year-old son, Cody. https://t.co/gcaxbEQp5z pic.twitter.com/rIPXKBUzFF
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) November 8, 2018
Yahoo says: Justin Meek, 23, graduated from California Lutheran University in May, where he sang the national anthem as a member of a quartet.
Meek worked as a bouncer at Borderline, a family friend told 10News, and reportedly broke windows at the bar to help people escape as the violence unfolded Wednesday night.
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, said that their niece, Alaina Housley, is one of the victims killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
“Our hearts are broken,” the couple said in a statement. “We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
Huffington Post writes: Sean Adler, 48, worked as a bouncer at Borderline. He’d formerly worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Royal High School wrestling team in Simi Valley, California, according to a Facebook post by the team.
“He was positive, motivational, and truly wanted the best for the people around him,” the post read.
KABC reports: Orfanos was identified by a friend, who said he and her boyfriend grew up together in Thousand Oaks. She also mentioned that he survived the Las Vegas shooting.
His mother spoke to Eyewitness News and said she doesn’t want thoughts and prayers. She wants gun control.
Yahoo reports, “United Methodist Church of Westlake Village identified 21-year-old Noel Sparks as a shooting victim in a post on Facebook. Sparks was a student at Moorpark College near Thousand Oaks.
“It is with heavy hearts that we notify you that Noel Sparks was among the victims of last night’s shooting,” the church wrote in a statement. “We grieve with Tony Sparks and Wendy Anderson.”
Sparks’ friend Sarah Penrose remembered her on Facebook as “always so joyful to help others and fill needs.”
#RemembertheVictims: Noel Sparks. Her Fb page says she went to Moorpark College. Her church said: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify you that Noel Sparks was among the victims of last night’s shooting.” @NBCLA #borderline pic.twitter.com/6aPvAwDrTD
— Jonathan Gonzalez (@JonathanNBCLA) November 8, 2018
Buzzfeed reports: Manrique was a Marine Corps radio operator who had recently been hired by Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans.
Manrique’s sister, Gladys Koscak, confirmed that he was among the victims in a Facebook post Thursday.
“He was shot and killed in an absolutely senseless act of violence that we will never understand. He had spent his entire adult life, post military service, helping veterans readjust to civilian life,” Koscak wrote. “I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for.”
— Mekahlo Medina (@MekahloNBCLA) November 8, 2018