Community vigil honors victims of mass shooting and wildfires

- The shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill was the first of twin tragedies that struck the Conejo Valley.

On Tuesday night, the community took time to remember the victims of the shooting and those who have lost homes in the wildfires.

“This isn’t going to be easy for any of us, but with the love and support from all of you, it’s going to make it ten time easier,” Brandon Garza, a childhood friend of shooting victim Cody Coffman, said.

Coffman was one of twelve victims who died at the popular Thousand Oaks bar. He has just turned 22 years old and friends said he planned to join the navy.

“From what I heard, he was breaking down windows helping girls out and he charged the gunman,” Garza said.

An entire community is now in morning.

Hundreds came to the vigil for comfort ad listened to prayers and songs with tears in their eyes.

In the crowd was Coffman’s father, Jason Coffman.

“I feel so empty,” he said. “He was my first born and we did everything together.”

Not only did this vigil honor the lives lost, it also touched on another community hardship - the loss of homes from the wildfires.

“We wanted to come out here and support the community and be part of the healing,” one resident said.

“I’m going to have my time to say goodbye, but right now I’m doing this for my son,” Coffman said.

Cody Coffman’s funeral will be held on Wednesday November 14th at the Perez Family Funeral Home on 1347 Del Norte Rd. Camarillo, CA.

The public is invited to attend when the doors open at 10:30 am, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m.

 

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