SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – As FBI and San Bernardino officials continued to investigate the motive behind a deadly mass shooting, authorities released the names of the 14 people who lost their lives.
The identities of those who were killed at the Inland Regional Center were released by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office Thursday afternoon.
- Shannon Johnson, 45, Los Angeles
- Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Rialto
- Aurora Godoy, 26, San Jacinto
- Isaac Amanios, 60, Fontana
- Larry Daniel Kaufman, 42, Rialto
- Harry Bowman, 46, Upland
- Yvette Velasco, 27, Fontana
- Sierra Clayborn, 27, Moreno Valley
- Robert Adams, 40, Yucaipa
- Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Colton
- Tin Nguyen, 31, Santa Ana
- Juan Espinoza, 50, Highland
- Damian Meins, 58, Riverside
- Michael Wetzel, 37, Lake Arrowhead
Officials initially said 17 others were injured, but the number rose to 21 as of Thursday morning. The surviving victims’ conditions were not all known, but two were critically injured and were being treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
A reporter with the Los Angeles Times was with Rialto resident Ryan Reyes when he was told his boyfriend Daniel Kaufman was among the dead.
“At 10:38 Thursday morning, Reyes’ cellphone rang. It was the aunt who had adopted Kaufman. He was gone. Reyes huddled in the kitchen with his aunt and mother, Patricia. They wept together as the television news of the shooting played in the background.”
Kaufman ran the coffee shop in building 3 at the IRC. He trained the developmentally disabled clients who worked there, according to the Times.
The mass killing is likely the most deadly in the U.S. since 26 were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan on Thursday called the shooting “incredibly tragic.”
“We’ve got a lot of families that are clearly devastated by what happened here,” Burguan said. “Our prayers are with them and we are here to support them any way we can.”
A candlelight vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium, at 280 S. E St., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced.
The largest mosque in San Bernardino County also planned to hold a prayer vigil at 6 p.m., the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community announced. That vigil was set for Baitul Hameed Mosque, 11941 Ramona Ave. in Chino.