Sailor, student and survivor of Las Vegas massacre among 12 victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California
The 12 victims of the veteran Marines who opened fire with a handgun Wednesday night inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks included at least four people in their early 20s, as well as Dan Manrique, 33, whose four years in the Marine Corps included a tour of Afghanistan and the 54-year-old Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ron Helus. These are their stories, and this article will be updated as more information comes in.
Orfanus’ mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, told reporters Thursday that Orfanos was a survivor of the mass shooting at the Route Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, but did not return Wednesday night from the Borderline Bar and Grill. . âI want gun control and I hope no one else sends me more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns, âshe said. Orfanos was a graduate of Thousand Oaks High and went to Moorpark College, according to his Facebook page. He then joined the Navy for six years before returning to civilian life in 2017.
Alaina Housley, 22
Pepperdine University freshman went to Borderline with several other girls from her dorm, according to tweets by one of his roommates. Her death was confirmed by her aunt, Sister, sister star Tamera Mowry-Housley and former Fox News correspondent Uncle Adam Housley. âOur hearts are broken,â the couple said in A declaration.
Cody Coffman, 22
A youth baseball league umpire, Coffman was considering enlisting in the military, his father, Jason Coffman, told reporters. âI was woken up at home by a knock on my door. Some girls who were there said that there had been a mass shooting in Borderline where my son was and he did not come out, âthe father told NBC4. He said Cody had two younger brothers and was excited about the impending birth of a baby sister. The elder Coffman recalled that when his son left the house on Wednesday night, he warned him not to drive drunk. âThe last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,â he said, sobbing.
Justin Meek, 23
A recent graduate from the Lutheran University of California, where he studied criminology, Meek was working as a promoter for the Borderline Bar & Grill and had helped organize the college party that was attacked. A school statement said Meek had “heroically saved lives in the incident.”
Dan Manrique, 33 years old
The former Marine Corps radio operator was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, serving with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, depending on task and objective. âHis plan was to see the world and gain leadership experience, and he was able to do that in those four years. [in the Corps]friend Jacklyn Pieper told the website. Manrique was also the head of the Ventura County chapter of the nonprofit Red, White & Blue veterans team. was selfless, “Pieper said.” His whole life was based on helping others. “
NoÃ«l Sparks, 21
Westlake United Methodist Church has announced the passing of Moorpark College student Sparks. “She was a beautiful soul, I am so grateful for the times she had in my life, especially when I was married last October,” parent Bre Beck said on Facebook. âMy heart is broken by this tragedy. May you forever rest with the Angels in peace, you will be in my heart forever.
Sean Adler, 48 years old
Adler, who was reportedly a Borderline bouncer, had previously worked as a strength trainer for the Royal High School wrestling team, which announced his death on his Facebook page. âHe was in a career transition and still took time for our team,â the post said. âHe traveled with us through some of the toughest times we’ve had as a program. He was positive, motivating and really wanted the best for the people around him.
Blake Dingman, 21
A former high school baseball player, Blake Dingman enjoyed driving all-terrain vehicles and attended a local college. Dingman’s great aunt Janet Dingman confirmed Thursday evening that he was killed. âMy heart was ripped out of my chest. The pain of losing my oldest son is overwhelming. Blake, I love you with such passion and I will never recover from losing you, “his mother, Lorrie Smith Dingman, wrote on Facebook early Friday morning.” You were so special, so funny, loving and incredibly talented in whatever you did. âDingham was a member of No Sways Offroad, a California-based all-terrain vehicle group.
Jake Dunham, 21
Dunham was hanging out in Borderline with his friend Blake Dingman, who also died in the massacre, when the tragedy unfolded. The 21-year-old’s father told local news he spent hours trying to reach his son. “I keep calling him but there is no answer,” Dunham’s father Jeff Dunham told NBC Los Angeles on Thursday. He started calling his son’s phone at 2 a.m. when he first heard news of the shooting. âIt just keeps ringing. And he always answers his phone, âthe father said. Dunham, like his friend Blake, was also part of No Sways Offroad, a group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts.
Marky Meza Jr., 20
Marky Meza Jr., who was 21 in less than two weeks, was taking an extra shift as a busboy and foodrunner at the Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed Wednesday night, his family confirmed to a TV station of Santa Barbara. “Marky was a loving and wonderful young man, full of life and ambition,” his family said of the Santa Barbara native in a statement obtained by The Daily Beast. âHer family is devastated by her loss. Marky would have turned 21 on November 19.
Kristina Morisette, 20
Borderline regulars described Kristina Kaylee Morisette as having a big smile, welcoming face and friendly demeanor. The 20-year-old bar cashier and country music enthusiast was likely the first person to see the shooter from his post at the front lobby counter when he stormed the establishment on Wednesday, according to reports. witnesses. “I saw Kristina walking around the bar right before this happened,” her friend and shooting survivor Justin Bouse said on Friday. âIt still looks like a dream. I can’t believe it. Been going for so long,â Bouse and Morisette attended Simi Valley High School together and have been friends since childhood. âShe was always happy and super authentic. She was someone I loved to be with, “he said.
Ron HÃ©lus, 54 years old
Sgt. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a “gunshots” call and said over the radio, “I’m coming in.” “