Remembering the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting

- Extreme trucks and off roading are what brought Jake Dunham and Blake Dingman together.

The 21-year-olds were best friends.

“They were always trying to out do each other,” Ken Dunham, Jake’s father, said. “They just loved to have fun.”

On Monday night hundreds of their friends gathered to remember the two young men who were victims of a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Ken Dunham said this support means everything.

“I told all his friend I need you guys to come by the house I need you guys to talk stories,” he said. “Go by Blake’s house that’s what’s getting us through this.”

Jake’s black truck and Blake’s white truck were parked side by side in the lot off Lawrence Drive where the crowd gathered along with family members.

“He loved everybody, he was the warmest hearted kid you ever saw,” Dingman’s grandfather, Jim Smith, said. “I’ve known him since he was two hours old and I miss him so much.”

Dunham and Dingman were two of 12 victims killed when a gunman entered the bar on college night and open fired.

A nearby memorial is where the community has come to remember those who lost their lives.

Noel Sparks was active in her church and loved to work with children.

“She sang, she danced, she loved art, she worked on pottery to create things for services and make it so people felt welcomed and invited,” a church leader said.

The memorial has also been a place for survivors to come and reflect.

“I hope this inspires change and it’s not blacked out,” survivor, Solimar Leon, said. “I hope that people find out about this and that people don’t forget this happened.”

 

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