The victims of the San Bernardino terrorist mass murder were as varied as the people reading this article. It breaks my heart to write something like this, but these people deserve to be known and remembered. There are several donation sites noted below for some of the affected families. Please consider donating.
ISAAC AMANIOS, 60
A supervising environmental health specialist, he was a cousin of New York Giants safety Nat Berhe.
ROBERT ADAMS, 40
The Yucaipa resident was a loving father and husband who married his high school sweetheart, Summer. They had one daughter, Savannah.
A GoFundMe page for his wife, Summer, and 20-month-old daughter, Savannah, has been set up here.
BENNETTA BETBADAL, 46
Bennetta was born in Iran in 1969 and came to the United States at the age of 18 to escape the persecution of Christians after the Iranian Revolution, according to a family statement on a fundraising account set up in her name.
She first settled in New York City but eventually moved to Rialto, California. She and her husband, a police officer, were married in 1997 and have three children ages 10, 12 and 15.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for a memorial fund here.
HARRY BOWMAN, 46,
He grew up in York, Pennsylvania. Moved to California 15 years ago for work. The father of two daughters.
SIERRA CLAYBORN, 27
Sierra had been working for San Bernardino County in the environmental health department since 2013. Timothy Lee, a friend of Sierra’s, had this to say about her in People Magazine, “If I would tell her something that would happen to me and I was feeling down, she knew exactly how you felt and would give you a hug. She was genuinely caring. Her spirit was right there.”
JUAN ESPINOZA, 50
Juan lived in Highland. In the Press Enterprise, his daughter described him as “fair and honest”.
AURORA BANALES GODOY, 26
The wife and mother of an infant son was killed in the attack..
“Yesterday in the shootings in San Bernardino many families were affected. Ours was one of them,” Rebecca Godoy, Aurora’s aunt, wrote. “We will keep her flame alive so that her young son does not forget his special mother.”
SHANNON JOHNSON, 45
A resident of Los Angeles and a Cal State San Bernardino graduate, Johnson, 45, worked for the San Bernardino County Department of Health as an environmental health specialist since 2005.
He rose before dawn every morning to get to his job from his home in Koreatown, which he shared with his girlfriend, Mandy Pfifer, who was a longtime member of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Reponse Team.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said in a statement Thursday night that “we have learned that one of our own … is among those who lost their lives.”
LARRY DANIEL KAUFMAN, 42
Larry ran the coffee shop in the building where the shootings took place. He went by the name Daniel. He was passionate about the Renaissance Faire.
His partner Ryan Reyes told CNN he was vibrant and full of life, and could have a 30-minute conversation with a clerk at a grocery store about his cat.
The Guild of St. Cuthbert announced on its Facebook page that it will be holding a memorial for Daniel at 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at Farm Sweet Farm in Riverside.
DAMIAN MEINS, 58
Damian married his high school sweetheart, now the principal at Sacred Heart School in Rancho Cucamonga, and they raised two daughters, one a teacher. Meins was fondly remembered as the guy who dressed up as Santa for school pictures, according to a parent’s social media posting Thursday.
Damian’s Facebook page says he studied business administration at the University of Redlands starting in 1991. In 1979, he graduated from UC Riverside. He was also retired from the Riverside County after working there for 28 years.
A living Rosary for the Meins family was held Thursday.
TIN NGUYEN, 31
Tin was supposed to get married in 2017, her family told media outlets.
Born in Vietnam, she was a food inspector with the county health department. She lived in Santa Ana.
NICHOLAS THALASINOS, 52
Nicholas was a Messianic Jew and passionately defended Israel, actively debating about religion in online forums and in person, his friends said.
Speaking to the New York Times, his wife of nine years, Jennifer, said, “My husband was very outspoken about ISIS and all of these radicalized Muslims,” adding, “If he would’ve thought that somebody in his office was like that, he would’ve said something.”
YVETTE VELASCO, 27
Yvette’s father, Robert, described his daughter as an “intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman.” She worked as an environmental specialist for San Bernardino County.
Yvette is survived by her parents and three sisters.
MICHAEL RAYMOND WETZEL, 37
“Michael was the most amazing person,” Renee Wetzel said in a statement, issued through her friend Celia Behar. The couple had five children from previous marriages and one child together.
“He was my best friend and an incredible father who was loved by all. I have never known a better person,” the statement said. “He loved his work and his family so very much. Without him, this family will never be the same. We appreciate all the love and support that everyone is showing.”
After her husband’s death was confirmed, she posted a Bible passage: “When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
A crowdfunding donation site has been set up here.
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