The Names

The Names December 3, 2015

From Yahoo, listing the victims of the San Bernadino shooting:


Shannon Johnson, 45, Los Angeles

Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Rialto

Bet-Badal fled to America when she was 18 to escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution, according to a GoFundMe page created by her relatives to raise money for her children. (

Bet-Badal married Arlen Verdehyou, a police officer, and they moved to Rialto, California and had three children, now ages 10, 12, and 15, according to the page.

She was an inspector for the San Bernardino County Health Department.

Aurora Godoy, 26, San Jacinto

Isaac Amanios, 60, Fontana

Survived by his wife and three adult children, according to a Los Angeles Times interview with a family member who asked not to be named.

L. Daniel E. Kaufman, 42, Rialto

Ran the coffee shop in a building at the Inland Regional Center. Survived by his boyfriend, Ryan Reyes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Harry Bowman, 46, Upland

Yvette Velasco, 27, Fontana

Sierra Clayborn, 27, Moreno Valley

Robert Adams, 40, Yucaipa

Married, father of 20-month-old daughter, according to a Los Angeles Times interview with family friend Jenni Kosse.

Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Colton

Survived by his wife of 14 years, Jennifer, according to the Los Angeles Times. She told the newspaper her husband was a health inspector who worked with shooting suspect Syed Farook.

The couple were Messianic Jews, his wife said. Thalasinos wore tzitzit, traditional fringe tassels, as well as a tie clip with the Star of David.

“My husband was just a very devout believer,” she told the newspaper. “He became born again a couple of years ago and because of that I had a very strong faith, so I know that he’s in a much better place.”

She added that her husband evangelized many. “He wanted to serve the Lord and bring more people to the Lord.”

Tin Nguyen, 31, Santa Ana

Juan Espinoza, 50, Highland

Damian Meins, 58, Riverside

Michael Wetzel, 37, Lake Arrowhead

Survived by his wife Renee and six children, ranging in age from 1 year old to 14, according to a post on his church’s website.

He was a spiritual leader to his family, according to his pastor, Rod Akins of the Church of the Woods.

Akins posted a statement from Renee on the church’s website, along with photos of the family and a video of Wetzel helping to lead the Advent service on Nov. 30.

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