Victims of Thousand Oaks shooting identified: AM News Links

Victims of Thousand Oaks shooting identified: AM News Links

Father confirms son, 22, was among Thousand Oaks shooting victims

(CNN)Jason Coffman approached a host of reporters microphones on Thursday, and with a quiver in his voice, shared the news he had feared receiving all morning: His eldest son was among the 12 people killed in Wednesday nights shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

A father who was desperately searching for his son in the hours after a deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., received the devastating news on Thursday that the 22-year-old was among the victims of the massacre.

“My brother was a veteran who wanted to help fellow recovering veterans in re-entering society and gave his all to supporting veteran mental health,” his brother Marcos Manrique wrote on Instagram, according to NBC Los Angeles. “He ran in to help people escape the violence and ultimately gave his life protecting others. Describing the pain would not do it justice. Ill be remembering a hero, a brother, and a role model.”

Jason Coffman sobbed as he told reporters that authorities said his son, Cody, was one of 12 people killed at Borderline Bar & Grill during its weekly College Country Night.

This is going to be an absolutely heart-wrenching time for me and my family, Coffman said. This is a heart that Ill never get back.

“Shes only been here since August, and shed already found her way into choir and mock trial and all these different facets of the community,” Carr said. “Usually, you see people just getting involved in one — not all. And she seemed to have found her way into a lot of peoples hearts.”

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Police say that gunman Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine veteran, used a handgun with an illegal extended magazine to carry out the killings before turning the gun on himself.

The first thing I said was, Please dont drink and drive, Coffman recalled. The last thing I said was, Son, I love you. That was the last thing I said.

Coffman told the Los Angeles Times that he had been awakened by his sons friends pounding on his door at about 1 a.m. telling him that there had been a shooting at the bar — and that they couldnt find Cody, whod gone to buy his friends a round of drinks.

Cody was the head umpire for a local baseball league and had plans to join the Army, Coffman told reporters.

I cannot believe that it has happened to my family,” Jason Coffman told reporters. “I dont know what to tell other people. I dont know how to console or what to say to the other people who are going to be going through the same situation as I am. I am so sorry for their loss as well. I am speechless and heartbroken.”

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He was on his way to fulfilling his dream of serving the country, Coffman said. He was talking to recruiters and doing his thing to become part of the military.

In an interview with CNN early Thursday, Coffman said he hadnt heard from Cody since the shooting.

“Life is fragile,” he added. “And people need to understand it. Its fragile. Its precious. And life is sacred and we should cherish it. I cant comprehend. We want to look for reasons. There is no reason why evil things happen.”

Im speechless, heartbroken: Father talks about 22-year-old son killed in California shooting

Father who hasnt heard from his son says a tracking app shows his phone is inside the Borderline Bar & Grill. Hes hoping it was dropped in the chaos. pic.twitter.com/nGR3RltzHU

Thats how Jason Coffman began his address to reporters moments after learning his son Cody was one of at least 12 people killed on Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire inside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Coffman said he had a tracking app on his phone that indicated Codys phone was at the bar. He was hoping his son dropped it in the chaos.

Cody was among 11 people gunned down Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill. Ventura County Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus, who was the first to respond to the call, was also killed when he entered the building.

After receiving the news his son was among the dead, Coffman thanked the media for trying to help locate him.


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