Ad­di­tional vic­tims iden­ti­fied af­ter bar shoot­ing

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THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Four of the dozen peo­ple killed in a shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic bar in sub­ur­ban Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day night were pre­vi­ously pro­filed. They were: Ven­tura County sher­iff's Sgt. Ron Helus, a “cop's cop” and Univer­sity of Ok­la­hama grad­u­ate who rushed to­ward the shoot­ing and im­me­di­ately ex­change fire with the gun­man; Cody Coff­man, 22, who was pre­par­ing to ful­fill his dream of serv­ing his coun­try in the Army; Justin Meet, who re­cently grad­u­ated from Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Univer­sity and per­formed as a singer; and Alaina Hous­ley, 18, who was a stu­dent at Pep­per­dine Univer­sity and planned to study law.

In ad­di­tion to Telemachus Or­fanos, 27, who lived through the mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas last year only to die in­side Border­line, less than 10 min­utes from his home, the oth­ers are:

“He was a very, very big per­son­al­ity and had a very, very gor­geous smile,” she said, adding that he had once con­sid­ered be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

`Lov­ing and won­der­ful young man' Marky Meza Jr., who was less than two weeks from his 21st birth­day, was work­ing as a bus­boy and food run­ner at the bar when he was killed.

“Marky was a lov­ing and won­der­ful young man who was full of life and am­bi­tion,” the Meza fam­ily said in a state­ment pro­vided to Santa Bar­bara TV sta­tion KEYT. “His fam­ily is dev­as­tated by his loss.”

Meza grew up in the Santa Bar­bara area and had worked in the ser­vice in­dus­try since he was a teen.

`A saint' the air. The 21-year-old was a fix­ture in the Ven­tura County off-road­ing com­mu­nity and en­joyed life to the fullest, ac­cord­ing to a friend.

Michael Moses told the Los An­ge­les Times that Ding­man al­ways made peo­ple laugh.

“I don't think I ever saw him sad about any­thing,” Moses said.

Ding­man was at the Border­line with his friend Jake Dun­ham, who also was killed.

On In­sta­gram, brother Ai­dan Ding­man wrote that “my amaz­ing brother was taken down by the shooter” and that his life has been for­ever changed.

A gutsy off-roader

Jake Dun­ham, 21, was known for driv­ing his truck hard. He was a reg­u­lar at rides in the desert and at group bon­fires made from ig­nit­ing ve­hi­cles and old dirt bikes, ac­cord­ing to a friend.

“He al­ways tried to con­vince peo­ple to (let him) drive their car. Ev­ery­one knew it was a bad idea, but some­times they'd do it,” Michael Moses told the Los An­ge­les Times, laugh­ing.

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