Victims’ families mourning losses
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.
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.
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.