This is truly terrible.
On Wednesday, authorities said disgruntled Health Department employee Syed Farook and his wife were responsible for a terrible tragedy in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and injured 17 others.
Officials say the married couple — armed with assault rifles — opened fire at Inland Regional Center, where county employees were holding a holiday gathering.
Now, the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office has released the names of all the people who sadly lost their lives in the horrific event.
The victims are:
A family friend says Robert was an environmental health specialist who married his longtime love, Summer. He is also survived by their 20-month-old daughter, Savannah. He was 40 years old. A fundraising page has been set up for his family.
A relative says the 60-year-old worked for the SB County Health Department and was “an amazing father, brother, an amazing everything.” The Eritrea native fled to America 15 years ago to escape violence. His cousin is New York Giants safety Nat Berhe, who tweeted on Thursday:
Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I’m so sick right now.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Nat Berhe (@NatBerhe) December 3, 2015
The true terror is that this keeps happening. I still can’t believe it. Take a moment to think of the families hurting right now.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Nat Berhe (@NatBerhe) December 3, 2015
Isaac leaves behind his wife and three grown children.
A crowdfunding page reveals that Bennetta came to America from Iran at 18 years old, after the Iranian Revolution. The 46-year-old was a health inspector for the county, and was giving a presentation at the Regional Center on the day of the shooting. She is survived by her husband, Arlen Verdehyou, and three young children.
Harry worked as a statistical analyst for the county’s health department. The 46-year-old had moved from York, Pennsylvania to California over 15 years ago. His mother, Marion, says he leaves behind his two daughters.
A relative confirmed to People that Sierra was one of the victims of the horrible attack. The 27-year-old had been working for the county’s environmental health department for two years. Her sister, Tamishia, took to Facebook to grieve, writing:
“I just found out the most horrible news of my life! My sister Sierra Clayborn was killed in the San Bernardino shooting. RIP Baby sis I love you more than you ever knew. You were taken too soon. My heart is broken. I am completely devastated…”
She also set up a crowdfunding page to help provide for her sister’s memorial.
Juan was a county health inspector and the youngest of 12 siblings. The 50-year-old immigrated from Mexico, and put himself through college by working at the Department of Corrections. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Aurora was an office assistant in the county’s Department of Public Health. The 26-year-old had married her high school sweetheart and had only a few credits left before completing her associate degree. She leaves behind her husband, James, and their son, Alexander. A fundraising page has been set up for her family.
According ABC7 Los Angeles, Shannon had worked as an environmental health specialist for the past decade. His girlfriend, Mandy Pifer, revealed he loved concerts, his family, and tattoos. The Los Angeles native was 45 years old.
Larry “Daniel” Kaufman:
Larry Kaufman — who preferred to be called Daniel — ran the coffee shop in building 3 of the center. Almost a full day had gone by before his boyfriend, Ryan Reyes, learned that Daniel had been killed in the shooting. The 42-year-old considered himself a free spirit and loved horror movies.
Damian worked for the San Bernardino County’s environmental health department. Before that, he worked at the County of Riverside for almost thirty years. Juan C. Perez, director of Riverside County Transportation & Land Management Agency, emailed employees about the 58-year-old’s tragic passing, writing:
“I will always remember Damian as a caring, jovial man with a warm smile and a hearty laugh.”
Damian is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Tin came to the country from Vietnam with her family when she was only 8 years old. The 31-year-old has worked as a health inspector for more than four years. She and her boyfriend, San Trinh, were going to get engaged next year and tie the knot in 2017. Tin’s cousin described her as a caring person with “a big heart.”
Nicholas annual employee party was always held at the Inland Regional Center. He was one of Syed’s co-workers. His wife, Jennifer, revealed that her late husband never had anything bad to say about the suspected shooter, telling the New York Times:
“He had worked with him. He had talked about him. Nothing negative.”
She says her 52-year-old love was a Messianic Jew and very religious.
Yvette was an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. The 27-year-old’s family said in a statement that their daughter was “full of life and loved by all who knew her.” She is survived by her parents and three sisters.
Michael was a father of six children. The 37-year-old was also survived by his wife, Renee. A YouCaring page was created for his grieving family following his untimely passing. Michael loved children, and spent 7 years coaching youth soccer.
The Los Angeles Times also listed the names of six of the injured victims: Patrick Baccari, Amanda Gaspard, Kevin Ortiz, Denise Peraza, Jennifer Stevens, and Julie Swann-Paez.
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
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