The San Bernardino County, California, coroner has released the names of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting in the city of San Bernardino. Fourteen people were killed in the rampage at the Inland Regional Center, and at least 21 were injured.
“This shooting has caused each victim's family, friends and co-workers, along with the first-responders, to suffer an enormous personal tragedy. We must stand strong and offer support to each individual affected by this senseless attack,” Sheriff John McMahon said in a news release.
Here are the names of those killed, according to a news release: Shannon Johnson, 45, Los Angeles; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Rialto; Aurora Godoy 26, San Jacinto; Isaac Amanios, 60, Fontana; Larry 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; and Michael Wetzel, 37, Lake Arrowhead.
Bet-Badal worked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Public Health Department and was married with three children, the Los Angeles Times reported. She reportedly fled to the United States when she was 18 with her family to "escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that follow Iranian Revolution." On the day of the fatal shooting, Bet-Badal was reportedly eager to deliver a presentation to her colleagues at a meeting at the Inland Regional Center.
Amanios, who worked at the San Bernardino County Health Department, is survived by his wife and three children. Nat Berhe, a safety for pro football's New York Giants, said that Amanios is his cousin and wrote on Twitter, "Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I'm so sick right now."
Kaufman ran the coffee shop in building three at the Inland Regional Center and trained the developmentally disabled clients who worked there. He reportedly enjoyed horror movies and considered himself a free spirit, and is survived by his boyfriend of nearly three years.
Velasco, one of the youngest victims, worked as a health inspector and is survived by her parents and three sisters. "Yvette was an intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman, who was full of life and loved by all who knew her. We are devastated about what happened, and are still processing this nightmare," her family said in a statement.
Bowman had two daughters, 15 and 11, and was described as an intelligent man who loved his daughters. "Death at its best is hard to take. This type of death is extremely hard to take, especially when you have young children," said family friend Bill Kraft, of Aurora, Illinois, the Los Angeles Times reported. "There is no way you are going to make them understand."
Clayborn graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 2010 and worked as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County. "When I think of Sierra, only one word comes to mind: She was a lady," said Mary Hale, manager of the Fontana apartment complex where Clayborn had lived, the Los Angeles Times reported. "That's not a word I use lightly. She was a super, super lady."
Adams worked as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County. He reportedly married his high school sweetheart and together they had one daughter, who is 20 months old. A fundraising page set up by his friends has raised more than $9,000 for his widow and daughter.
Thalasinos, who worked as a health inspector and is survived by his wife, was described as a "very devout believer." He was a Messianic Jew, and his wife, Jennifer, told the Los Angeles Times, "He became born again a couple of years ago and, because of that, I had a very strong faith," she said, "so I know that he's in a much better place."
Espinoza worked as an inspector for the county health department and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.
Meins had married his high school sweetheart and together they raised two daughters. He had worked for Riverside County, California, for 28 years and had recently returned to work with the Environmental Health Department after retiring in 2010. He reportedly worked at St. Catherine of Alexandria School in Riverside, where he had played Santa for the kids.
Wetzel was a supervising environmental health specialist with San Bernardino County and was married with three children from his first marriage and three from his second. He had coached soccer for a princess-themed team of 5-year-old girls. "He was super tall, and the littlest of girls thought he was a giant," said family friend Arlene Arenas, whose daughter played on the same team, the Los Angeles Times reported. "He had no qualms about letting them follow him around, or walking around like a monster, with the little ones shrieking and hanging off his legs."