Vigil for Thou­sand Oaks shooting vic­tims

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - WORLD NEWS -

Hun­dreds of mourn­ers gath­ered on Thurs­day evening to re­mem­ber the dozen peo­ple shot and killed by a marine vet­eran at the Border­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks the night be­fore.

Among the 12 peo­ple were killed was Ven­tura County Sher­iff ’s Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year vet­eran near­ing re­tire­ment who re­sponded to re­ports of shots fired and was gunned down as he en­tered the bar.

He and other first re­spon­ders “ran to­ward dan­ger”, Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said at the vigil.

“When I told her (his wife) that we had lost her hero, I said to her, ‘Be­cause of Ron, many lives were saved’,” Mr Dean said. “And she looked at me through her tears and she said, ‘He would have wanted it that way’.”

Andy Fox, the city’s out­go­ing mayor, said: “Tonight Thou­sand Oaks takes its place with those cities, who in or­der to move for­ward will rely on hope. We are Thou­sand Oaks strong.”

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