Thousand Oaks shooting: Remembering the victims who died in California nightclub

Thousand Oaks shooting: Remembering the victims who died in California nightclub

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"Sister Sister" actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband released a statement confirming that their niece, Alaina Housley, was among the 12 killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

The couple had been frantically searching for Alaina since the early morning hours in the wake of the deadly shooting.

Among the victims of the California bar shooting was a veteran police sergeant planning to retire within the next year. Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley revealed her 18-year-old niece, Alaina Housley, was killed in the attack as well.

"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," the statement read.

The gunman reportedly threw smoke grenades into the crowd, adding to the chaos before opening fire. Would you know how to escape a smoke-filled room? Security experts shared their advice with Inside Edition.

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'California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball released a statement saying the school was informed by the victim's family that the recent graduated died "heroically" and "saved lives in the incident." "Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring," the statement read, in part. Cody Coffman Coffman, 22, was identified as one of the victims by his family. "We just got word that my son was one of the those who were killed. This was my first-born son," Cody's father Jason said in an emotional interview. Cody leaves behind three little brothers. He also has a little sister on the way. "He was so excited to have his first sister, and now she'll never know," his father said. Jason said Cody dreamed of serving his country and was talking to recruiters about joining the Army. "I am speechless and heartbroken," his father said. "My life has changed forever."

This generation of young people understands all too well the danger of gun violence in America. They saw their fellow students gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Sandy Hook Elementary and so many other schools; they saw the mass murders at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the music festival in Las Vegas. In fact, as many as 30 people at Borderline during this weeks shooting were also at the festival in Vegas last year, when a gunman killed 58 and injured over 800 more in the gunfire and panic.

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Sgt. Ron Helus Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus was a 54-year-old father who lived in Moorpark, California. Helus, who had served on the force for 29 years, was responding to the shooting when he was shot. He died at the hospital. "Ron was a hard-working, dedicated sheriff's sergeant," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said of Helus, who was a friend. "He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero." Sean Adler  Adler was identified by the Simi Valley High School wrestling team as one of the victims killed. A tweet from the team stated that Adler was once a wrestling coach.

I had an exam this morning, but last night I didnt even study because I was up calling and texting everyone and making sure they were OK until almost 3 a.m., she said. Some of my co-workers were there last night. Some of them were locked up in the bathrooms while it was still happening around 11:20 p.m. … So far my close friends are OK. But the thing is their friends friends ― Im not sure.

"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," United Methodist Church Westlake Village said in a Facebook post.

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Jake Dunham Dunham, 21, of Newbury Park, was identified by his family. He was close friends with Blake Dingman.

Telemachus Orfanos Orfanos was identified by a friend, who said he and her boyfriend grew up together in Thousand Oaks. She also mentioned that he survived the Las Vegas shooting.

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His mother spoke to Eyewitness News and said she doesn't want thoughts and prayers. She wants gun control.

Later, Mowry-Housley took to Instagram to share pictures of her niece, captioning it with this tribute (shown below): “Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”

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Kristina Morisette Morisette worked as the cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill, according to a close friend.

Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. Im still in disbelief. Its not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napas soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.

Tamera Mowry-Housleys Niece Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

Daniel Manrique Manrique, 33, was a Marine Corps. veteran and focused on helping other veterans adjust to civilian life, according to a family member. "I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for," Gladys Manrique Kosack said.

“Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart,” she wrote next to a photo of the smiling teen. “I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”

He was also a chapter captain for the Ventura County Chapter of Team Red, White and Blue since 2014. In 2007, the veteran served with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, as a radio operator and had been deployed to the Middle East. The avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan was a program manager for the veteran representative payee program at a Los Angeles-based nonprofit.  

“I’m going to miss you so much. Thank you everyone for their prayers and my heart goes out to all the other families that lost someone to this,” he added. Sadly, 11 other families are feeling the same pain right now of losing a loved one in the senseless massacre. It occurred during the bar’s weekly College Country Night where young people from neighboring schools like Pepperdine and Cal Lutheran University were simply out enjoying a night of country music and dancing. That was until around 11:25pm when former Marine Ian David Long entered the bar and began opening fire.

Alaina Housley, 18, Thousand Oaks mass shooting victim, had so much life ahead of her

Share Elizabeth Stanton‍ Nov 8th 2018 7:04PM Adam Housley spoke with ETs Kevin Frazier about the tragic loss of his niece, 18-year-old Alaina Housley, in Wednesdays deadly mass shooting.

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“I mean, you know, Ive been on your side the whole time, and to be on this sides not fun,” he said, referring to his work as a journalist. “She was an incredible, beautiful girl who didnt hurt anybody, and was excited to go to Italy for a program overseas. Senseless, man, just senseless.”

Housley had been outside the bar earlier Thursday morning, trying to call his niece and work with authorities to find her. 


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