THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The memorial service for Justin Meek, a Coronado High School graduate killed trying to rescue others from the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar, was held at Meek's college alma mater Saturday.
Meek was killed when a gunman opened fire in the packed Borderline Bar on Nov. 8, killing at least 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, and wounding others before being found dead at the scene.
Cal Lutheran's president spoke before his service Saturday. He says he wasn’t surprised Meek was trying to help save others when he died.
“Everyone knew Justin. Justin Meek was a leader whom people loved to follow. He was a connector who brought people together and a protector who took care of those people. And he died a hero protecting those he loved from this community,” Chris Kimball said.
Meek graduated from Coronado High in 2014, where he was beloved on campus and served as the school's mascot.
"Justin possessed an approachability and personality which endeared him to all," Superintendent Karl Mueller wrote after his death. "We will always remember his optimism, generosity and his warm smile. Justin was a former member of the CMS and CHS Junior Optimist Clubs, a gifted musician, a talented athlete, a spirited peer, a leader, a member of Islander Company, an advocate for others and a champion of all."
On Instagram, Meek had frequently promoted Borderline, inviting followers to ask for, "Justin at the door." He posted a photo to his account promoting Wednesday's College Country Night just hours before gunfire erupted at the event.