San Bernardino, Calif. – As stunned communities mourn victims of a massacre in Southern California, more details are emerging about the 14 people killed this week.
A couple opened fire at a center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, killing over a dozen people and injuring 21 others.
The victims’ ages range from 26 to 60, with stories of heartbreak just as varied.
There’s a father whose six children will spend the holidays without him. A new father who was planning a Disneyland trip. An easygoing 27-year-old with sparkling eyes and a quick smile.
Here are the people killed and what we know about some of them:
Robert Adams loved his family — and his mother’s spaghetti sauce.
Adams, 40, married his childhood sweetheart, Summer. Their daughter, Savannah, was 20 months old.
“Robert always wanted to be a father … and cherished every moment with her,” his family said in a statement. “He and Summer and Savannah were inseparable. They were planning Savannah’s first trip to Disneyland next week.”
In a post on an online fundraiser set up for his family, Shawn Brady said he’d known him for years.
“He loved his wife endlessly in the good and the bad,” Brady posted on the page. “He was 100% lost in daddyland with Savannah.”
And Adams always raved about his mother’s spaghetti sauce, according to Brady.
“Him being a health inspector he said his mom’s cooking was up to code,” he said.
The father of six was beloved by his family and friends.
Wetzel’s wife, Renee, described him as “the most amazing person” she knew.
“He was her best friend. He was an amazing father and was loved by all,” said Celia Behar, a family spokeswoman.
Wetzel worked for the San Bernardino environmental health department.
He was 37.
The mother of three moved to the United States from Iran to escape religious persecution.
Betbadal, 46, first settled in New York, and she eventually moved to California with her husband, Arlen Verdehyou.
“Everything she touched bloomed,” Verdehyou told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “She went above and beyond.”
Nicholas Thalasinos was passionate about his beliefs, a friend says.
So much so, Thalasinos, 52, had a “heated, passionate conversation” about politics and religion with the gunman days before the shooting, Kuuleme Stephens said.
Stephens said that a few days earlier, she had called Thalasinos when he was in the middle of a passionate conversation with the man later identified as the gunman. She described the talk as “calm and collected,” but passionate.
After reports of the shooting emerged, Thalasinos’ wife hoped for a miracle.
“The waiting was excruciating, because you’re trying to hold out hope,” Jenn Thalasinos told CNN affiliate KTLA.
He didn’t make it out alive.
The 27-year-old had sparkling eyes and an easy, contagious smile.
“She was a bright young girl who showed a caring heart to everyone,” colleague Omar Bashir said. “She worked hard and never gave up on her dream.”
Devastated relatives said they are “still processing this nightmare.”
“Yvette was an intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman, who was full of life and loved by all who knew her,” her family said in a statement.
She leaves behind her parents and three sisters.
Daniel Kaufman worked at a coffee shop at the site of the shooting, and he had a larger-than-life personality.
He was the kind of man who stalled checkout lines at grocery stores so he could chat up strangers, his boyfriend Ryan Reyes said.
“The man could have a 30-minute conversation with a cashier about his cats … and I would literally have to pull him away,” he said.
“One of those guys that everybody loved, got along with everybody, the life of the party, always funny, always creative.”
Kaufman was 42.
The 58-year-old loved dressing up as Santa, to the delight of children at a local school.
Meins was kind and loving, and he laughed easily, friends told the The Press-Enterprise.
“He was an amazing guy, we’ll all miss him,” former co-worker Dottie Merki told the paper.
Meins previously taught at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles, where the football team will put his initials on their helmets Friday night. He worked at the environmental health services agency.
The complete list of victims:
Shannon Johnson, 45, Los Angeles (DOB: 03/06/70)
Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Rialto (DOB: 03/08/69)
Aurora Godoy, 26, San Jacinto (DOB: 02/01/89)
Isaac Amanios, 60, Fontana (DOB: 06/29/55)
Larry Kaufman, 42, Rialto (DOB: 08/12/73)
Harry Bowman, 46, Upland (DOB: 06/08/69)
Yvette Velasco, 27, Fontana (DOB: 04/03/88)
Sierra Clayborn, 27, Moreno Valley (DOB: 06/15/88)
Robert Adams, 40, Yucaipa (DOB: 05/02/75)
Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Colton (DOB: 10/14/63)
Tin Nguyen, 31, Santa Ana (DOB: 04/06/84)
Juan Espinoza, 50, Highland (DOB: 06/24/65)
Damian Meins, 58, Riverside (DOB: 02/02/57)
Michael Wetzel, 37, Lake Arrowhead (DOB: 04/29/78)