Posted on November 14, 2018 at 2:47 am

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Twelve Lives Lost in the Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

One bouncer, one busboy, one cashier, one security guard who were ready to spend the night working at the Borderline Bar and Grill. Seven young adults who were enjoying the night drinking and dancing away. One police hero who rushed to respond to the attack. On November 7, 2018 it was a fun night at Borderline Grill and Bar. Little did anyone know it would take twelve lives. Here’s more information on the victims that passed away in the shooting:

 

Daniel Manrique, 33

He was a veteran of the Marine Corps who initiated a Ventura County chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue to help veterans transition from military to civilian life. His friend Sara Bergeron also mentioned, “I’ve never met anyone my whole life that was so selfless and committed to helping veterans succeed and just thrive. He never quit on people. He never gave up, even if someone tried to push him away.”

Justin Meeks, 23

Meeks was a security guard at the Borderline Bar and Grill, who was trying to save others from the gunman. He recently had graduated from California Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. According to Tony Duran, “ [Meeks] died a hero. It’s going to be hard to not have him with us.”

Alaina Housley, 18

She was a freshman at Pepperdine University who attended the bar that night to dance with her friends. She was the niece of “The Real” host and “Sister, Sister” star Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley. In a statement, they said, “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.”

Cody Gifford-Coffman, 22

Cody was the head umpire for the Camarillo Pony Baseball League and had future plans to join the U.S Army. He was going to be an older brother again with his dad: Jason Coffman and wife expecting a baby girl. According to Coffman, “Cody is a tough kid. He’s one of the kids to run toward a bully, to stand up for others. I think that’s maybe what he did.”

Noel Sparks, 21

She was a college student, who made frequent trips to the Borderline Bar and Grill. She celebrated her 21st birthday there in August and even went the night of Halloween. Her aunt, Patricia Sparks described her as an, “all-around good girl. She was the kind of girl that if you had friends, you’d want them to marry her.”

Kristina Morisette, 20

Kristina worked as a cashier at Borderline, and over time she saved money from her job to buy a 2017 Jeep Renegade. As seen on her Facebook page, her favorite quote was, “Don’t over think it just let it go.”

Sean Adler, 48

He worked as a bouncer at Borderline, worked at Azar’s Sports Bar, and as a conditioning coach at Royal High School. When the gunman opened fire, Adler tried hard to disarm him. His childhood friend, Danny Evans said, “It’s absolutely the kind of thing he would do. He just loved people.”

Jacob Dunham, 21

Jacob was enjoying the night at Borderline with his friend, Blake Dingman who also passed away. He recently graduated from Conejo Valley High School and bought a truck after saving money from a part-time job. One of his teachers: Jason Rosebaugh said, “He was really proud of that truck and wanted to get a diploma and move onto mechanics school.”

Blake Dingman, 21

He was a Newbury Park resident who worked in the commercial electrical field and had just been offered a new job working for a local company. His mother said, “Blake had a zest and joy for living life to the fullest. No gathering was complete without Blake… His laughter and smile were so special and whenever you talked to him, he was genuinely interested in you… and always, always had a smile on his face.”

Mark Meza, 20

Mark worked at Borderline as a busboy and food runner. He was just shy of his 21st birthday on November 19th. He grew up in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria in California. His mother wrote on Facebook, “My heart has never been so broken.”

Ron Helus, 54

Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus was a hero. He rushed inside the bar to save someone, and shot the suspect multiple times before incurring gunshot wounds. He passed away at the hospital the morning after the shooting. Geoff Dean, a Ventura County Sheriff stated, “Ron was a hard-working, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed. He gave his all. Tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people.

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