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The sto­ries of the 12 peo­ple who lost their lives at the Border­line Bar & Grill in Oak­lands, Cal­i­for­nia, on Wed­nes­day night have be­gun to emerge.

One was a vet­eran po­lice of­fi­cer who did not hes­i­tate to run to­wards dan­ger. An­other was an art stu­dent who worked with chil­dren at her church. Oth­ers were a navy vet­eran, a cap­pella singer who worked as a care­giver, and a se­cu­rity guard with a “big per­son­al­ity” who was known for mak­ing sure ev­ery­one got home safely.

The sto­ries of the 12 peo­ple who lost their lives at the Bor­der line Bar& Grill in Oak­lands, Cal­i­for­nia, on Wed­nes­day night have be­gun to emerge.

Ron Helus Ven­tura

County sher­iff’s Sergeant Ron Helus was talk­ing to his wife when calls started com­ing in about a shoot­ing.

“Hey, I got to go han­dle a call. I love you. I’ll talk to you later,” he told her, ac­cord­ing to Sher­iff Ge­off Dean.

It was the last time she would talk to her hus­band.

Sgt Helus rushed to­ward the shoot­ing and im­me­di­ately ex­changed fire with the shooter in­side the bar, said Mr Dean. Sgt Helus was hit mul­ti­ple times and died at a hos­pi­tal.

Sgt Eric Buschow de­scribed him as a “cop’s cop”.

“The fact that he was the first in the door doesn’t sur­prise me at all,” he said. “He’s just one of those guys that wouldn’t hes­i­tate in a sit­u­a­tion.”

Telemachus Or­fanos

The 27-year-old US Navy vet­eran sur­vived the Las Ve­gas mass shoot­ing 13 months ago to lose his life in this at­tack.

“Here are my words: I want gun con­trol,” his mother, Su­san Sch­midt-Or­fanos, said in an in­ter­view with KABC-TV, her voice shak­ing with grief and rage. “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts.”

She said she wants Con­gress to “pass gun con­trol so no-one else has a child that doesn’t come home”.

Cody Coff­man

Cody Coff­man, who had just turned 22, was talk­ing with army re­cruiters and pre­par­ing to ful­fil his dream of serv­ing his coun­try, said his fa­ther, Ja­son Coff­man, who wept as he told a group of re­has porters that his first-born son was among the vic­tims.

Cody adored his sib­lings, three broth­ers be­tween the ages of six and nine, and he could not wait for the birth of a sis­ter, due on Novem­ber 29, said Ja­son Coff­man.

“Cody was the big brother that my kids need,” he said. “He was so ex­cited to have his first sis­ter and now she’ll never know...”

He trailed off, sob­bing, then said: “Oh, Cody, I love you, son.”

Justin Meek

Newly grad­u­ated from Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity, Justin Meek cared for chil­dren with spe­cial needs, per­formed asa cap ella singer, and worked at the Border­line bar.

It was there he “hero­ically saved lives” be­fore be­ing killed, said Cal Lutheran pres­i­dent Chris Kim­ball in a state­ment.

Mr Meek also worked for Chan­nel Is­land So­cial Ser­vices as a respite care­giver.

Danielle Gallo, who also works at the fam­ily-run or­gan­i­sa­tion, said he was ded­i­cated to the chil­dren with whom he worked.

“You could tell he re­ally had a heart for what he did,” she said, sob­bing.

Alaina Hous­ley

Alaina Hous­ley was just 18, a promis­ing stu­dent at Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity with plans to study law, her fam­ily said.

Adam Hous­ley, a for­mer Fox News cor­re­spon­dent, and Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley, an ac­tress known for the 1990s TV se­ries Sis­ter Sis­ter, said their niece was killed at the bar where she had gone line danc­ing with friends.

“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,” the cou­ple said in a state­ment.

Noel Sparks

Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old col­lege stu­dent, loved go­ing to the Border­line Bar & Grill, so friends and fam­ily were not sur­prised when she posted a photo of her­self danc­ing there Wed­nes­day night.

Her aunt, Pa­tri­cia Sparks told The As­so­ci­ated Press the fam­ily was in shock.

She de­scribed her niece as an “all-around good girl. She was the kind of girl that if you had friends, you’d want them to marry her”.

Sean Adler

Sean Adler, 48, was a se­cu­rity guard at Border­line who would stay late to en­sure peo­ple could get home safely, said Deb­bie Allen, a long­time friend.

The mar­ried fa­ther of two boys died do­ing what he was pas­sion­ate about — pro­tect­ing peo­ple, said Ms Allen.

“He was a very, very big per­son­al­ity and had a very, very gor­geous smile,” she said. “I don’t think in all the years I’ve known him, and it’s al­most 30, I ever heard him say ‘no’ to some­one.”

Daniel Man­rique

Daniel, 33, was a for­mer ma­rine sergeant who worked for a char­ity help­ing vet­er­ans af­ter leav­ing the mil­i­tary. He had re­cently been pro­moted.

His sis­ter, Gla­dys Man­rique Koscak, con­firmed his death via Face­book on Thurs­day.

“It is with the most shat­tered and heavy heart that I’m writ­ing this post to let ev­ery­one know that Daniel Man­rique was at Border­line last night,” she said.

“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.

“He will for­ever be our hero, son, brother, and the best un­cle any­body could ever ask for.”

Blake Ding­man

Blake, 21, was in the bar with his friend Jake Dun­ham, who also died.

Post­ing on In­sta­gram, Mr Ding­man’s younger brother Ai­dan paid trib­ute to his si­b­ling.

Along with his par­ents, he had raced to the scene when news of the shoot­ing emerged.

“Words can­not de­scribe the pain I am feel­ing,” he wrote. “I love you so much and I miss you more than you can imag­ine.”

Jake Dun­ham

Jake, 21, lived in New­bury Park, Cal­i­for­nia. His fa­ther, Ken, told NBC Los An­ge­les he had gone to the bar to play pool with his friend.

Both Mr Ding­man and Mr Dun­ham were keen off-road driv­ers. No Sways Of­froad or­gan­ised a me­mo­rial off-road meet for Mon­day in hon­our of their “fallen broth­ers Blake and Jake”.

“I know we’re all heart­bro­ken so let’s send them off in a way they’d want,” or­gan­is­ers wrote on In­sta­gram.

Kristina Morisette

Kristina, 20, from Simi Val­ley, worked on the front desk at Border­line Bar & Grill.

On­line, friends paid trib­ute to a “sweet soul” who “cared for ev­ery­one”.

Marky Meza Jr,

Marky, 20, was iden­ti­fied by fam­ily mem­bers, KEYT re­ported. He was raised in Santa Bar­bara and Carpin­teira and worked at the restau­rant as a bus­boy and food run­ner.

He was due to turn 21 next week and was de­scribed as a won­der­ful young man who was “full of life and am­bi­tion”.

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