California Lutheran College is mourning the lack of latest graduate, Justin Meek, who was among the many 13 victims of a lethal mass taking pictures Wednesday evening on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday.
Meek, 23, was amongst tons of of individuals contained in the bar when the suspected gunman, recognized as 28-year-old Ian David Lengthy, barged in and opened fireplace throughout “Faculty Nation Evening.”
Lots of the witnesses had been believed to be faculty college students from Cal Lutheran, and close by colleges together with Pepperdine College, Moorpark Faculty and California State College Channel Islands.
A Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant, a Pepperdine scholar and a younger man who wished to enlist within the Military had been additionally amongst these killed.
College officers stated Meek was a latest graduate who was on the bar, which is positioned just some miles from the college’s campus.
“Meek heroically saved lives within the incident,” officers from California Lutheran College stated in a information launch Thursday morning.
Courses had been cancelled Thursday for Cal Lutheran’s greater than 4,000 college students. College students gathered at Samuelson Chapel to mourn collectively and a Catholic Rosary and an extra college gathering had been scheduled for six and seven:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Cal Lutheran wraps its arms across the Meek Household and different households, and round each member of this neighborhood of caring,” the college assertion learn.
Nick Steinwender, scholar physique president at Cal Lutheran, spoke to KTLA outdoors of the chapel had been many college students gathered to speak and pray.
“People who had been there, it was chaos. Simply speaking with them afterward, it was stress and nervousness and simply the entire expertise was simply overwhelming,” Steinwender stated.
“It’s going to be a really somber day,” Steinwender stated. “It simply feels prefer it’s an assault on our neighborhood. You recognize, I believe it’s going to be one thing that we’re going to have to return collectively and transfer previous.”
KTLA spoke to Santos, a Cal Lutheran scholar, who was on the bar by himself, when the gunfire began.
“This man simply began taking pictures and I freaked out. I’m disabled, I couldn’t runaway,” Santos instructed KTLA. “I simply stayed on the bottom. I imagine in God so I simply prayed that I wouldn’t get shot. I didn’t transfer in any respect.”
Santos stated he watched as folks screamed, cried and tried to flee hurt’s method. He stated he simply laid on the ground and was rescued about 25 minutes later by SWAT officers.
To assist college students course of their grief, counselors at Cal Lutheran College had been providing counseling companies and ethical help to college students and the college’s neighborhood.
Previous to the mass taking pictures, college students at Cal Lutheran College had been engaged on a play about college shootings impressed by Colorado’s 1999 Columbine Excessive Faculty bloodbath.
“Columbinus” was slated to start tonight at eight p.m. and proceed with showings by way of Sunday, Nov. 18. It’s unclear if the play will go on within the wake of Wednesday’s taking pictures at Borderline Bar & Grill.
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Cal Lutheran (@CalLutheran) November 08, 2018