New details emerge about victims in San Bernardino shooting

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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 them:

ROBERT ADAMS

Robert Adams / Via gofundme.com

Robert Adams / Via gofundme.com

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.

MICHAEL WETZEL

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.

BENNETTA BETBADAL

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Ken Paulson / Via gofundme.com

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

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.

YVETTE VELASCO

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

Daniel Kaufman (right). (Image Credit: Ryan Reyes)

Daniel Kaufman (right). (Image Credit: Ryan Reyes)

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.

DAMIAN MEINS

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 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.

Shannon Johnson

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Shannon Johnson / Via linkedin.com

Shannon Johnson worked as an inspector for the county’s public health department for a decade, according to his LinkedIn page. There, he was responsible for food safety, recreational health and housing.

Johnson graduated from California State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s in Health Science.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Johnson was living with his girlfriend, who is a member of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s crisis response team.

“I send my deepest condolences to Shannon’s family and all who are grieving loved ones in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy,” Garcetti said in a statement.

He was 45.

Aurora Godoy

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Aurora Godoy / Via gofundme.com

Aurora Godoy is survived by her husband James and their son, who will turn 2 in January.

Godoy met her future husband in the ROTC program at Carson High School in 2003, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The high school sweethearts dated for nearly eight years before eloping in 2012.

Godoy had worked at the county’s Department of Public Health since January and went for a meeting at the Inland Regional Center Wednesday.

“She had a big heart,” her mother-in-law, Janice Henson, told the OC Register, “and loved Disneyland.”

Godoy was 26.

Isaac Amanios

Isaac Amanios worked at the county’s health department.

A family member told the Los Angeles Times that Amanios was, “an amazing father, brother, an amazing everything.”

Nat Berhe, a safety for the New York Giants said on Twitter that his cousin was “a great human being.”

Amanios was 60.

Harry Bowman

San Bernardino shooting victim Harry Bowman. (Credit: Family of Harry Bowman)

San Bernardino shooting victim Harry Bowman. (Credit: Family of Harry Bowman)

Harry Bowan was a York, Pa., native, who moved to California more than 15 years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bowman’s mother spoke to the newspaper and said that her son is survived by two daughters.

He was 46.

Sierra Clayborn

Sierra Clayborn worked as an environmental health specialist in San Bernardino for the past three years, according to her LinkedIn.

She graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2010 with a degree in biochemistry.

“I love you more than you ever knew,” her sister Tamishia wrote Thursday morning in a Facebook post. “You were taken too soon. My heart is broken. I am completely devastated.”

Clayborn was 27.

Tin Nguyen

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Tin Nguyen was 8 years old when she and her family fled Vietnam, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Nguyen graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in health sciences.

“You cannot imagine how caring she is. She had such a big heart,” Emily Nguyen, 16, said of her cousin. “She never said no to us and would give you anything you asked.”

Nguyen and her longtime boyfriend San Trinh were planning to get married in 2017.

She was 31.

Juan Espinoza

Juan Espinoza worked as an inspector for the county health department, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A KCAL reporter tweeted that Espinoza trained Farook to do restaurant inspections.

He is survived by his wife, daughter and a son.

Espinoza was 50.