What We Know About The Victims Of The Borderline Bar Shooting In Thousand Oaks
Twelve people died when a person opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night. The gunman also died at the scene. More than 20 others were injured in the attack. On Thursday afternoon, the Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed the identity of all 12 victims. Here's a little bit about them.
The L.A. Times reports the 48-year-old "trained to become a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department — but then he had a heart attack and had to change course. Over the summer, he proudly opened a coffee shop ... While the business got going, Sean continued working as a bouncer at Borderline Bar and Grill to support his wife and two sons ... He was working at the bar when he was killed."
His brother, Aidan Dingman, posted on Instagram:
"Last night my life was changed forever. I received news of gunfire at Borderline Bar & Grille from a friend. Which was where my brother was hanging out for the night. Me, my dad, and mom raced to the scene. Or as close as we could get ... Blake, I love you so much and I miss you more than you can imagine."
The 21-year-old was "a jokester and a fixture in Ventura County's off-roading community," the L.A. Times reports. "I don't think I ever saw him sad about anything," his friend Michael Moses told the paper.
The 21-year-old was at Borderline with his friend Blake Dingman, the L.A. Times reports.
Dunham's sister Alexis posted a photo on Facebook and asked for privacy, saying "These last days have completely shattered us we have hardly gotten any sleep ... please let my family rest. We will talk when we are ready."
Just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jason Coffman learned that his son was killed.
"I talked to him last night before he headed out the door," Coffman said, fighting through tears. "First thing I said was 'please don't drink and drive.'" Jason's last words to his son were that he loved him.
At a press conference, he said his first born son leaves behind "a legacy of love (and) laughter."
"Cody was the big brother that my kids need," he said, fighting through tears. "Son, I love you so much."
Jason said he has a daughter on the way and Cody "was so excited to have his first sister."
Cody Coffman had just turned 22 and planned to enlist in the military, his father said.
VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S SGT. RON HELUS
Sgt. Ron Helus was on the phone with his wife when he heard reports of gunfire. He told her he loved her and hung up to respond.
Within minutes he was at the Borderline Bar & Grill with a CHP officer. He was killed in a shootout with the gunman.
"There's no doubt that they saved lives by going in there," the Ventura County Sheriff told reporters.
The 29-year veteran of the force had been nearing retirement.
Pepperdine University confirmed that freshman student Alaina Housley, 18, was among the dead. She had earlier been reported missing by friends and family.
It was a somber day at the Christian seaside university 20 miles south of the Borderline Bar and Grill. Pepperdine officials said they were devastated to share the news.
Before her death was confirmed, a group of students gathered outside of Housley's dorm, trying to stay hopeful.
"We've all been up watching the news, listening to police scanners, praying, calling our parents," freshman Pari Cribbins said. She had her arm around another student who was at the Borderline Bar on Wednesday night, but who was too shaken to talk about it.
Housley graduated from high school in Napa Valley before coming to Malibu for college.
She was an English major who had joined the university choir and was planning on spending her sophomore year studying abroad at Pepperdine's campus in Florence, Italy.
Her parents are both Pepperdine alum. So are her aunt and uncle, actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News reporter Adam Housley.
Their statement to the media, sent to LAist, confirmed they'd gotten the worst news about her fate.
"Our hearts are broken," the couple said. "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."
Another Pepperdine student, Peyton Lee, said the students there can take some comfort in knowing their friend is at peace.
"We've been talking about that, no matter what happens, she'll be in the best place she can possibly be in," Lee said. "Just pray for her family."
Freshman Mahala Bayless said the community is coming together in the wake of the tragedy.
"There's not a better place for us to be," Bayless said. "In Pepperdine, we're surrounded by a community of grace, faith, and love through God and Christ."
The university didn't cancel classes, but held an afternoon prayer service. Sara Barton is the University's chaplain
"We came together to do what people of faith do, when we're not sure what else to do — we pray, read scriptures, be together in a community of faith," the university's chaplain Sara Barton said. "Our students wanted that, they needed that."
Pepperdine officials say they're offering support to students through the university's counseling center and chaplain's office.
A Facebook post from his sister Gladys Manrique Koscak says "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 and had just recently accepted a position with Team RWB as the Pacific Regional Program Manager. 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."
The L.A. Times reports that he was 33 years old.
California Lutheran University issued a Campus Alert at 11:13 a.m. on its website:
"The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks. Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident."
The L.A. Times reports he was a bouncer at Borderline, and a promoter for the bar. He also helped children with autism at Channel Islands Social Services and sang in a quartet.
The 20-year-old was one of the victims. The L.A. Times reports he attended Santa Barbara Community College in 2014.
The L.A. Times reports that Kristina, 20, was working at Borderline that night. She left a gift for her mom and headed out Wednesday night for her 6 p.m. shift. At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, her parents learned their youngest child had died.
The mother of Telemachus Orafnos, 27, told ABC7 he survived the Las Vegas shooting before being killed Wednesday night. She called for gun control in response to the shootings.
"I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!" - mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 8, 2018
The L.A. Times reports the 21-year-old Moorpark College student "had been to Borderline Bar and Grill before. In late October, she posted on her Facebook page that she would be attending the bar's College Country Night Halloween Hoedown."
The United Methodist Church Westlake Village posted an annoucement via Facebook on Wednesday: "It is with heavy hearts that we notify you that Noel Sparks was among the victims of last night's shooting. We grieve with Tony Sparks and Wendy Anderson."
"Love Is Life," reads her Instagram bio.
Nov. 9, 2018, 3:30 p.m: This article was updated to include Mark Meza, Blake Dingman, Jake Dunham and details from the Medical Examiner announcement.
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m.: This article was updated to add victims Sean Adler, Dan Manrique, Kristina Morisette and Noel Sparks. The story was also updated with additional details about Justin Meek and Telemachus Orfanos.
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