The Victims Of The Thousand Oaks Massacre

The Victims Of The Thousand Oaks Massacre

Telemachus Tel Orfanos, 27, survived mass shooting in Las Vegas but not one in his hometown Thousand Oaks

Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas a year ago, was again with friends and fans of country music when he was shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday.

In Greek mythology Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope, but Orfanos carried a lighter name – Tel – in his hometown of Thousand Oaks. where he graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and had attended Moorpark College.

"The thoughts of every #NYPD member this morning are with the families & colleagues of all those killed or injured in the shooting inside a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar — 12 innocent lives taken, including the first Ventura County cop on the scene: Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran," New York Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said.

His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, gave a heartbreaking interview to KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon, her anguish at another mass shooting, this one taking her oldest child, almost too painful to watch.

“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home,” she said. “He didnt come home last night.

The California sheriff's sergeant first on the scene at Wednesday night's mass shooting heard gunfire booming inside the bar and instinctively ran into the crowded venue — where he "died a hero," one of 12 people killed by a former Marine who ended the massacre by committing suicide.

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“And I dont want prayers, I dont want thoughts, I want gun control,” Schmidt-Orfanos said, her voice breaking with the rawness of her emotions. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told the media that 911 had received multiple calls that a shooting was taken place at the Borderline Bar and Grill at around 11:20 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday night. He identified the sheriffs sergeant who died as Ron Helus. He said that the suspect, who has not been identified but is thought to have acted alone, was dead when more officers arrived on the scene. Helus died at a local hospital; the bodies of the other 11 were found at the bar when other officers arrived.

I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns! – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK

Ventura County Sheriffs Captain Garo Kuredjian said that there were hundreds of people in the Borderline bar at the time of the shooting, the New York Times reported. The bar is located near Pepperdine University; Wednesday nights are College Country Night, according to the bars website. The school tweeted that several of its students were known to be at the bar at the time of the shooting.

Orfanos, 27, reportedly worked at Borderline as well as at Infiniti of Thousand Oaks where he was a concierge and product specialist in the customer relations department.

Update, 10:08 a.m. ET: During a Thursday morning press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean corrected earlier reports, naming the shooter as 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long. Dean confirmed that local law enforcement had had several run-ins with Long in the past, but did not offer a motive for Wednesday nights shooting.

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His Facebook profile listed him as a veteran of the Navy. According to a 2009 article in his hometown newspaper, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, he was also an Eagle Scout. Under a photo of the then-18-year-old Orfanos, the newspaper reported that his Eagle Scout project involved public safety at Thousand Oaks High School, and that he’d earned it as a member of Troop No. 765 of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Ventura County Sheriffs office Capt. Garo Kuredjian says the first reports of gun shots happened at 11:20pm Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

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Another victim previously featured in @TOAcornNews: Heres Orfanos in 2009 at age 18. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 765 out of Redeemer Lutheran Church pic.twitter.com/IqF9j2AtEz

THOUSAND OAKS, CA– Police say 11 people and a sheriffs deputy were killed overnight when a man opened fire at a southern California bar. The shooter is also dead.

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As word of his death spread friends on social media paid tribute to the friendly, gentle, bearded young man they knew.

“Can’t believe you’re gone, Tel,” wrote Zoe Romney on a photo of her with Orfanos. “I’m gonna miss you always picking on me and trying to make me laugh when I’m feeling down.”

"Our hearts are broken," the couple said in a joint statement. "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. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."

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Telemachus “Tel” Orfanos lost his life in the Borderline Bar and Grill, less than 10 minutes from his home.

Video: 13 people, including gunman, dead in shooting at California bar

Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice and head shaking with grief and rage, said outside her familys home, “My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends and he came home. He didnt come home last night. And I dont want prayers, I dont want thoughts, I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers. I want gun control. No. More. Guns.”

The attack on the bar – a college favorite that was hosting a country music event – was the nation's deadliest shooting since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

She said she wanted Congress “to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesnt come home.”

The horrific attack carried out in a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar on Wednesday night was the 307th mass shooting in America this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which classifies a “mass shooting” as a singular event in which at least four people are shot, not including the shooter.

Telemachus Orfanos was a U.S. Navy veteran with a thick beard, an easy smile and a gladiator helmet tattoo.

Alaina Housley — the 18-year-old niece of “Sister, Sister” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and ex-Fox News correspondent Adam Housley — has also been identified as a victim, as have 22-year-old Cody Coffman and 23-year-old California Lutheran University student Justin Meek.

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Photos on Orfanos Facebook page show the Eagle Scout with friends at ballgames or at work. Some photos are embellished with patriotic graphics and another marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Twelve people were killed in the Borderline carnage, including a sheriffs deputy described as a “hero.” The gunman was found inside, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.


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