Remembering the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting

Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 9:15 PM CST
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Cliff Housego and Kathy Neufeld arrived at a vigil after the deadly California bar shooting in cowboy hats and denim jackets emblazoned with the logo of the Borderline Bar & Grill, where the attack occurred.

Housego is a longtime disc jockey at the bar and has taught line dancing there for 25 years.

He didn't work Wednesday night, when the shooting happened, and was awakened Thursday by his son banging on his door with the horrific news.

He said he loves seeing "the beautiful young people smiling from ear to ear" as they dance at the bar and felt compelled to attend the vigil to be part of the community.

The theater that hosted the vigil was full and hundreds of people gathered on a lawn outside, softly singing or holding hands in silence.


6 p.m.

A longtime friend says a security guard at a country music bar in California died doing what he was passionate about - protecting people.

Debbie Allen says she knew Sean Adler for 30 years and he would stay late at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks to ensure people could get home safely.

He was one of 12 people killed in the shooting there Wednesday night.

Allen says the 48-year-old married father of two boys had "a very, very big personality and had a very, very gorgeous smile."


5:50 p.m.

One victim of the shooting at a country music bar in California was a U.S. Navy veteran with a thick beard, easy smile and a gladiator helmet tattoo.

Friends called Telemachus Orfanos "Tel." His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, said Thursday that she wanted gun control, her voice shaking with grief and rage.

She says she wants Congress to "pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home."

Photos on the Facebook page of the 27-year-old Orfanos show the former Eagle Scout with friends at ballgames or at work.

Some photos are embellished with patriotic graphics and another marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


4:45 p.m.

Julie Hanson, who lives with her husband next door to the home of shooter Ian Long shared with his mother, says she always found Long odd and disrespectful.

She says he was strange even before entering the military.

Tom Hanson called the police on Ian Long in April when he heard loud noises and shouting. Julie Hanson says her husband and a neighbor were worried that he was going to injure himself or his mother.

She says Ian Long was unfriendly and never made eye contact. She could often hear him yelling and cursing.


4:35 p.m.

A pastor at a Thousand Oaks-area church says between 20 and 30 members were inside Borderline Bar and Grill during the deadly shooting.

Pastor Shawn Thornton said Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village will hold a vigil Thursday night and offer counseling throughout the week.

He says three families were directly affected either by a death or injury.

Noel Sparks, a part-time staff member who worked at the church while going to college, was among the 12 people killed.

"'If God is God, how could this happen?'" Thornton said. "That's a question that will emerge."