Additional victims identified after bar shooting
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.