Pray for the souls of these 14 beautiful victims…
All 14 victims killed in the San Bernardino massacre have now been identified by the coroner after completing their investigation Thursday at the Inland Regional Center.
Among the dead were a mother-of-three who had fled Islamic extremism in Iran as a teenager, a 26-year-old mother with a young son, and the 60-year-old cousin of New York Giants player Nat Berhe.
‘This shooting has caused each victim’s family, friends and co-workers, along with the first responders, to suffer an enormous personal tragedy,’ Sheriff John McMahon said.
‘We must stand strong and offer support to each individual affected by this senseless attack.’
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Those killed in the shooting are: Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto; Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto; Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana; Larry Kaufman, 42, of Rialto; Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland; Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana; Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley; Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa; Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton; Tin Nguyen, 31, of Santa Ana; Juan Espinoza, 50, of Highland; Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside; and Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead.
Authorities have identified Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old county restaurant inspector, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, as the two people directly behind the shooting.
The hell-bent couple opened fire on the social services center shortly after Farook slipped away from a party banquet he was attending there for work.
Killed: Mother-of-one Aurora Godoy, 26, was the youngest of the 14 victims killed in the San Bernardino massacre on Wednesday
Aurora Godoy leaves behind a young son and her husband, James Godoy.
She was the youngest of the 14 victims.
Friends paid tribute to the forever-smiling 26-year-old from San Jacinto as ‘happy’ and ‘the sweetest’.
Her aunt, Rebecca Godoy, wrote on Facebook Thursday: ‘Yesterday in the shootings in San Bernardino many families were affected. Ours was one of them. My dear niece was one of them. She lost her life (as) a victim of murder by individuals who don’t deserve to be named by the media. There are other victims that our hearts go out for. We will keep her flame alive so that her young son does not forget his special mother. God bless us all.’
Bennetta Bet-Badal came to America with her family from Iran after the Iranian Revolution. She moved to California and met her husband, Arlen Verdehyou (pictured together-right)
Mother-of-three Bennetta Betbadal fled Iran as a teenager to avoid Islamic extremism after surviving ‘the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution’ and sought refuge in America, her family said Thursday.
Police are still investigating whether Wednesday’s massacre was spurred by Islamic extremism or whether it was workplace-related.
‘It is the ultimate irony that her life would be stolen from her that day by what appears to be the same type of extremism that she fled so many years ago,’ her family said in a statement.
Betbadal lived in New York from 1987 for some time before moving to California, where she met and married her husband, Arlen Verdehyou.
The two were married in 1997, settled in Rialto and had three children – two boys and a girl now ages 10, 12, and 15, The San Bernardino Sun reported.
Family man: Robert Adams was working at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday when he was killed
Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa, worked as an environmental health technician and specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Health, according to online records.
He married his high school sweetheart, Summer, and the two had a 20-month-old daughter together, Savannah.
‘Throughout the day and night of December 2nd, we prayed, hoped, and pleaded with God to somehow spare the life of the remarkable Robert Adams,’ a group of the victim’s friends wrote on GoFundMe.
‘All day we waited for news that he was safely coming home to his beautiful wife Summer and his absolutely precious daughter, Savannah.
‘It is now confirmed this will not be happening.’
Nicholas Thalasinos, 52 (right), leaves behind a wife, Jennifer (left), and two adult sons who live in New Jersey
The wife of Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, told the New York Times that her husband was a co-worker of Farook’s at the health department.
Jennifer Thalasinos says the two appeared to be friendly and a part of the same ‘little group’ at the office, where Thalasinos worked as a environmental health specialist.
‘He had worked with him,’ Mrs Thalasinos said. ‘He had talked about him. Nothing negative.’
Mrs Thalasinos says she and her husband are Messianic Jews, a religion that mixes belief systems from both Judaism and Christianity. He was reportedly passionate about pro-Israel causes.
She says she had ‘no clue’ whether Mr Farook had become radicalized in his Islamic faith.
‘My husband was very outspoken about ISIS and all of these radicalized Muslims,’ she said. ‘If he would’ve thought that somebody in his office was like that, he would’ve said something.’
However, a friend says he heard the two get into a heated conversation about Islam just two weeks before the attack. However, it’snot clear whether that argument was a factor in the shooting.
Kuuleme Stephens says she happened to call 52-year-old Nicholas Thalasinos while he was at work and having a discussion with Syed Farook.
Thalasinos identified Farook by name and told her Farook believed Islam was a peaceful religion.
She added that Farook said Americans don’t understand Islam.
Damian Meins, 58, worked with the gunman at the San Bernardino County of Environment Health Department
Damian Meins had only been working at the San Bernardino County of Environmental Health Department for three months when he was shot dead attending a work event at the Inland Regional Center.
He leaves behind a wife, high-school sweetheart Trenna Meins, and two children, Tina and Tawnya, according to thePress Enterprise.
Mr Meins worked for 28 years for Riverside County and retired in 2010. He started working again this past September when he took a job with San Bernardino County.
Michael Wetzel (left) leaves behind a wife, Renee (right), and six children – four biological and two step children
Michael Wetzel also worked as an environmental health specialist with San Bernardino County.
The 37-year-old leaves behind a wife, Renee, and six children – four biological and two stepchildren. Three of his children are with ex-wife Amy Wetzel.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Renee posted online about her fears for her husband.
‘Please pray. My husband was in a meeting and a shooter came in,’ Mrs Wetzel wrote.
Eight hours later, she discovered the sad truth, and posted a Bible quote on Facebook in a show of mourning.
Sierra Clayborn also worked for San Bernardino County in the health department
A relative of Sierra Clayborn’s confirmed her death to People magazine on Thursday.
She had been working at the county health department since January 2013.
In the aftermath of the shooting, several of Clayborn’s friends took to Facebook, posting messages that she was missing.
When they learned that she had died, tributes started pouring in.
‘My heart is broken. I woke up to find out my friend’s life was taken away in the San Bernadino shootings. why? she was such a bright young person….she was just selfless. I can’t believe she’s gone,’ a friend named Timothy J Lee wrote.
Shannon Johnson, a 45-year-old from Los Angeles, worked as an environmental health specialist for 10 years, ABC 7 reported.
Larry Kaufman – who went by the name Daniel – ran the coffee shop at the Inland Regional Center where the shooting took place.
Friend Jack Prewett confirmed his death to The Desert Sun newspaper.
Friends and family wrote touching tributes to Kaufman on Facebook.
‘Daniel spoke to me about books and told me he didn’t like books with sad endings. I hope that Daniel had enough happy endings to brighten his life that was cut short way too soon. RIP Daniel,’ friend Sara York said.
Wednesday was an emotional rollercoaster for Kaufman’s boyfriend of three years Ryan Reyes, who was first told that his boyfriend was only shot in the arm and would survive.
But after calling up all the area hospitals and showing up in person, trying desperately to find his boyfriend, Reyes went to bed Wednesday night not knowing where Kaufman was.
The next morning, 24 hours after he last received a text messages from his boyfriend, Kaufman’s aunt who raised him called Reyes with the bad news.
‘I’m so emotionally drained right now,’ Reyes told the LA Times on Thursday. ‘I don’t know if I want to scream, cry or break a window.’
Reyes says Kaufman had worked at the center for about five years.
In addition to the fourteen who were killed in the shooting, 21 were injured.
Denise Peraza, 27, and Jennifer Stevens, 22, were at their office Christmas party at Inland Regional Center, a disability clinic, in San Bernardino when shooters stormed the hall at 11:15am.
Lying on the floor clutching her bleeding lower back, Peraza called her sister Stephanie Baldwin. ‘I just want to tell you that I love you,’ she wept, then hung up the phone.
Feet away, Stevens, who was shot in the abdomen, called her mother’s voicemail. ‘Mom, I’m at work and I’ve been shot,’ she said simply.
Both Peraza and Stevens are now in a stable condition recovering in intensive care. Via: UK Daily Mail