Vic­tims’ fam­i­lies mourn­ing losses

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The last thing Ja­son Coff­man told his son Wed­nes­day night was, “I love you.” Now, in an in­stant, Cody Coff­man, 22, was gone, one of 12 vic­tims killed at the Border­line Bar & Grill mass shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks, Calif. “He wanted to be the big brother to two broth­ers and a sis­ter on the way,” Ja­son Coff­man said. Cody Coff­man also had a brother with his mother’s fam­ily. “He was so ex­cited to have his first sis­ter. She’ll never know …” his fa­ther said. Ja­son Coff­man said his son had been meet­ing with re­cruiters and planned to en­list in the Army. He was an um­pire for a youth base­ball league in Ca­mar­illo, Calif. Ja­son Coff­man strug­gled to hold him­self to­gether as he spoke about his son. “This is go­ing to be an ab­so­lute heart-wrench­ing time for me and my fam­ily,” he said. “This is a heart that I’ll never get back.”

*** Moor­park Col­lege stu­dent Noel Sparks, 21, was among the 12 vic­tims. Her death was con­firmed by United Methodist Church West­lake Vil­lage in a Face­book post. “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,” the post read. Sparks’ Face­book page listed that she liked horse­back rid­ing.

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Alaina Hous­ley was 18, a fresh­man at Pep­per­dine Univer­sity. “Our hearts are bro­ken,” said a state­ment put out by an aunt and un­cle, ac­tress Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley and hus­band Adam Hous­ley. “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.” At about 2:30 a.m. yes­ter­day, one of Hous­ley’s suite-mates tweeted that she was miss­ing. Pep­per­dine Univer­sity an­nounced that one stu­dent who was at the bar dur­ing the shoot­ing was un­ac­counted for, and it later is­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing Alaina Hous­ley’s death.

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Cal Lutheran con­firmed that for­mer stu­dent Justin Meek, who worked as a pro­moter at Border­line Bar & Grill and as a Dick­en­sian car­oler at Dis­ney­land, was one of the 12 peo­ple killed by a gun­man in a mass shoot­ing Wed­nes­day. He was 23. There are un­con­firmed re­ports that Meek, who ap­par­ently also served as a bouncer at the Thou­sand Oaks bar, was shot when he was try­ing to pro­tect some Border­line pa­trons. “He was one of the sweet­est guys we ever met. He gave his life pro­tect­ing other lives,” said Tony Du­ran, owner of Goode Time Pro­duc­tions, the com­pany that hired Meek as a Christ­mas car­oler as part of Goode Time Carol­ers.

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