Remembering the victims of the California bar shooting

David Caplan
November 09, 2018 - 2:02 pm

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The identities of the people killed in the mass shooting at a Los Angeles-area bar are being revealed by their devastated family members. Eleven bargoers were killed, in addition to a police officer and the gunman.

JUSTIN MEEK (pictured, above)

Meek's family and former college identified the 23-year-old as one of the victims.

California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball released a statement saying the school was informed by the victim's family that the recent graduated died "heroically" and "saved lives in the incident."

"Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring," the statement read.

CODY GIFFORD-COFFMAN

"We just got word that my son was one of the those who were killed. This was my first-born son," said Jason Coffman, 22-year-old Cody's father. "Cody was the big brother that my kids need."

Cody leaves behind three younger brothers. He also had a sister on the way.

"I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month. He was so excited to have his first sister, and now she will never know him," he said through tears. "Oh Cody, I love you son."

"I am speechless and heartbroken," he said. "My life has changed forever."

Cody's father was planning to join the U.S. Army. 

ALAINA HOUSLEY

Sister Sister" actress and "The Real" co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband released a statement Thursday confirming that their niece, Pepperdine student Alaina Housley, 18, was among the 12 killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

"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."

SGT. RON HELUS

The veteran lawman, who was slain while responding to the mass shooting, is being described as "cop's cop.''

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, 54, was shot late Wednesday when he entered Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a weekly country music dance night for college students was being held.

A friend, Sgt. Eric Buschow, says Helus took on some of the toughest assignments, was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations.

Buschow says Helus was married with a grown son.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the report of the shooting came as Helus was on the phone with his wife.

The sheriff says Helus told her, "Hey I gotta go handle a call. I love you. I'll talk to you later.''

SEAN ADLER

Adler, 48, was identified as one of the victims killed, by the Simi Valley High School wrestling team. He was once a wrestling coach there.

BLAKE DINGMAN

The 21-year-old was identified by his friends as as one of the victims of the mass shooting.

NOEL SPARKS

Sparks, 21, was one of the shooting victims, United Methodist Church Westlake Village said in a Facebook post.

JAKE DUNHAM

The 21-year old was identified as one of the victims, according to KABC. He was close friends with Blake Dingman.

TELEMACHUS ORFANOS

Twenty-seven-year old Orfanos' mother spoke to KABC, telling the TV station she doesn't want thoughts and prayers --- she wants gun control.

"I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!"

KRISTINA MORISETTE 

The 20-year-old worked as a cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill, according to KABC.

DANIEL MANRIQUE

A veteran, 23, he was also a victim of the shooting, according to KABC.

MARK MEZA

Meza, 20, was employed at Borderline Bar & Grill, according to a friend, KABC reported.