He survived the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Las Vegas massacre

He survived the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Las Vegas massacre

Route 91 Survivor Among Those Killed in Borderline Bar Shooting

(CNN)Brendan Kelly had been on the dance floor for an hour when rapid popping sounds started at the bar. Having survived last years massacre in Las Vegas, he knew only too well what gunfire sounds like, even amid loud music.

A 27-year-old man who survived last years deadly Las Vegas massacre was among those killed in Wednesday night’s Borderline Bar & Grill shooting, his family confirmed.

Kelly, 22, said he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the bullets began flying. When the gunfire was over, 12 people were dead, including a Navy veteran who had lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history a year ago.

It was College Country Night, a weekly event at Borderline, where students from local colleges such as Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, Moorpark and Cal State Channel Islands were regulars.

I already didnt wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time, Kelly said outside his home in Thousand Oaks. The second time around doesnt get any easier.

Telemachus Orfanos loved to go to the popular Western-style bar and go line dancing. He was among more than 100 people inside the venue when a gunman dressed all in black opened fire around 11:15 p.m., killing 12 people and injuring a dozen others. 

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Orfanos, who went by Tel and served in the Navy from 2011-2014, moved back in with his parents after his time in the service. He was working at the Infiniti car dealership in Thousand Oaks.

THOUSAND OAKS — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene.

On Oct. 1, 2017, the Navy veteran made it out alive of the Route 91 Harvest music festival where 58 people were killed and hundreds of others were wounded.

His mother made an emotional plea to reporters after learning of her sons death, calling for gun control.

“I dont want prayers. I dont want thoughts,” Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said, according to The Associated Press. “I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesnt come home.”

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Tels father Mark said the shooter — a former military machine gunner who mental health specialists interviewed earlier this year — “was probably as much of a victim as anybody else.”

“I’m not gonna vilify this kid because hes got parents that are grieving, too,” Mark Orfanos said. “And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him.”

Less than 24 hours after a mass shooting at a bar killed 12 people, the community of Thousand Oaks, California, came together to remember those who lost their lives and offer hope to grieving families.


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