Here Are The Victims That Have Been Identified In The San Bernardino Shooting

Tributes began to pour in on Thursday for some of the 14 people who were killed on Wednesday in a shooting spree in San Bernardino. Here are some of their stories. This post will be updated with more victim tributes as they are confirmed.

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Messages of love and support poured in on Facebook for Thalasinos after he was identified as a victim of the shooting.

"Such a great picture of a great man," one commenter wrote on his wife Jennifer's Facebook page. "You are blessed to have been his loving wife. I know he was blessed to have you. Hold on to that and we will all be lifting you up to our Savior during this awful time and beyond."

"Nick was such a wonderful and compassionate person," another commenter wrote on Thalasinos' Facebook page. "I remember him caring about those who were less fortunate than himself."

"RIP Nicholas Thalasinos... You will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts"

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Wetzel, a father of four and stepfather to two, was confirmed to be one of the victims by Church of the Woods, where he attended in Lake Arrowhead, California.

The church announced on its website that it is collecting donations and arranging meals for Wetzel's widow, Renee, and their children.

"Please continue to pray for Renee, his children, and his former wife Amy as they process this terrible tragedy and loss of their husband and father," the church said.

Wetzel worked as a supervisor of health inspectors for San Bernardino County, according to department of environmental health services website.

His wife, Renee Wetzel, posted a photo to her Facebook page on Thursday that reads: "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Wetzel's ex-wife, Amy Wetzel, wrote on Facebook that she had three children with her former husband. She wrote that Wetzel and his current wife had a child together, and Renee Wetzel had two children as well.

She wrote that "suddenly our entire world has shifted."

"I have to tell my babies that there dad is no longer here," she wrote. "I have to explain to them the tragedy of today's events. I have to raise them without him. We didn't see eye to eye on many things but he was my husband at one point. I loved him."

Meins lived in Riverside and was retired, according to his Facebook page.

"Thank you everyone for your sweet words and prayers," his niece, Casey Keeper, wrote on Facebook. "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my uncle was among one of the victims in yesterday's horrific shooting in San Bernardino."

According to multiple tribute messages posted to Facebook, Meins was once an after-school care teacher and a physical education teacher at St. Catherine's school in Riverside.

He was "such a kind man who always had a smile for everyone and dressed as Santa for our Christmas pictures," Laurie Nusbaum wrote on Facebook.

Meins's daughter, Tina, confirmed his death to The Press Enterprise, a newspaper that covers the region.

Meins also has another daughter, Tawnya, and a wife, Trenna, who is the principal of Sacred Heart Rancho.

Kaufman ran a coffee shop in the building where the attack occurred, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A number of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to Kaufman, including a woman who told BuzzFeed News that he was her former manager.

The woman, who only wanted to be identified as Sara, said Kaufman "always knew how to make people laugh."

"When I was able to work with him, we would always get a laugh out of things," she said. "It's a shame how such a good person was taken."

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

Clayborn graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2010 with a degree in biochemistry. The university planned to lower its flag to half-mast in honor of the victims of the shooting, according to the OC Register.

Messages of love for Clayborn were posted all over Facebook in the aftermath of the shooting.

"RIP Baby sis I love you more than you ever knew. You were taken too soon. My heart is broken. I am completely devastated," her sister Tamishia Clayborn wrote on Facebook.

Her most Facebook profile photo had been changed recently to reflect her support for victims of November's Paris attacks.

"Even as you go, your picture is out of love for victims elsewhere," a friend wrote beneath the profile photo. "You are so beautiful Sierra."

Betbadal leaves behind a husband and three children, who are now 10, 12, and 15, according to a Go Fund Me page started to help them.

The 46-year-old inspector for the San Bernardino County Health Department was born in Iran, but fled the country at 18 to escape religious persecution as a Christian during the Iranian Revolution.

She lived with her husband, Arlen Verdehyou, who is a police officer, in Rialto, California.

Betbadal earned a degree in Chemistry from Cal Poly, Pomona.

"Benneta left the house Wednesday morning, excited about a presentation she was scheduled to give to her supervisors and coworkers at their annual meeting," the Go Fund Me page states. "It is the ultimate irony that her life would be stolen from her that day by what appears to be the same type of extremism that she fled so many years ago."

On Facebook, the nonprofit Assyrian American Association of Southern California posted their condolences: "It is with heavy hearts and tremendous sadness that the Assyrian American Association of Southern California offers its deepest condolences to the family of Bennetta Betbadal."

Adams lived in Yucaipa, California, with his wife Summer and their 20-month-old daughter Savannah.

He was an environmental health specialist, who had grown up in the Inland Empire and married his high school sweetheart, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"He was such a great brother, son, husband, and father," his cousin Sol Houser said to BuzzFeed News. "I've rarely met such a kind-hearted man."

Houser added that whenever Adams and his wife would visit, "their presence was a bright point."

Condolence messages flooded his Facebook page.

"I will miss your smiling face Robert," one friend wrote.

A Go Fund Me page was set up by friends of the family to help his wife and daughter.

Espinoza worked as an inspector for the county health department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Espinoza reportedly trained the suspect Syed Farook to do restaurant inspections, a KCAL reporter tweeted.

He was from Highland, California, and is survived by his wife Sandra, 47; daughter, Jerusalen, 25; and son, Jonathan, 13, according to the OC Register.

Espinoza came to the United States from Mexico when he was in his 20s, his daughter told the OC Register.

He earned a bachelor's degree in science from Cal State San Bernardino, before being hired by the County and working his way up to become a health inspector.

The 31-year-old lived in Santa Ana and was a health inspector with the San Bernardino County health department.

She fled Vietnam with her family when she was 8-years-old and her mother worked hard to get her through school, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nguyen graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in health sciences. Before that, she attended school in the Santa Ana Unified School District, the OC Register reported. In 2002, she graduated from Valley High in Santa Ana.

"She was very intelligent, a good girl, takes care of mom and family," her cousin Calvin Nguyen told the Desert Sun.

"We very sad that we lose her," he said. "Pray for us."

Nguyen was planning to marry her longtime boyfriend San Trinh in 2017, her uncle told Newsday.

"She was excited about trying on her wedding dress," Phu Nguyen said.

Trinh, a mechanical engineer, said that he and Nguyen were saving up for a house together, where her mother would live with them, and had specific plans for their marriage and the number of children they would have.

"If I could tell people anything from this experience," Trinh told the LA Times, 'I'd say: 'Whatever you're planning, don't push it off. Get it done.'"

Her friends have set up a Go Fund Me page to help her family pay for funeral costs.

Johnson worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for San Bernardino County for 10 years, according to his LinkedIn.

Johnson was in charge of food safety, recreational health and housing. He graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 2004 with a bachelor's in Health Science.

He lived with his girlfriend, who is a member of Mayor Eric Garcetti's crisis response team, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"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 statement.

Denise Peraza, who was injured in the attack, was sitting with Johnson when the assassins started shooting in the room. Peraza and Johnson huddled together behind a chair that had fallen as a shield, she said in a statement shared with ABC News.

He wrapped his left arm around her as protection.

"And amidst all the chaos, I'll always remember him saying these three words, 'I got you,'" she recalled. "I believe I am still here today because of this amazing man."

Johnson "always brought a smile to everyone's face in the office with his lively stories about his hometown back in Georgia," she said.

"Shannon was a generous, fun-loving soul, who very much loved his family and friends," she said. "This is Shannon Johnson, who will be deeply missed by all...My friend, my hero."

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Yvette Velasco, 27 from Fontana, victim from the San Bernardino shooting. Photo provided by family.

Velasco worked as an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Velaso was from Fontana, California, and she is survived by her parents, Robert and Marie, and her three sisters, Adriana, Erica, and Genevieve.

Her uncle said in a statement that she was "an intelligent, motived and beautiful young woman, who was full of life and loved by all who knew her."

"We are devastated about what happened, and are still processing this nightmare," he added.

Isaac Amanios, 60

R.I.P my lovely uncle @NatBerhe

Amanios of Fontana worked for the county health department, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He immigrated to the U.S. from Eritrea over 15 years ago to join his brother, according to the Washington Post.

Shrieks and cries could be heard as a reporter with the San Bernardino Sun called the family on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife and three adult children.

Nat Berhe, safety for the New York Giants, tweeted that Amanios was his cousin and called him "a great human being."

My cousin's name is Isaac Amanios and he was a great human being. Thoughts and prayers are with my family back in CA.

Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes, means a lot after something like this. Also thank those first responders, true heroes.

Godoy from San Jacinto, California, is survived by her husband James and son.

In 2003, she met her future husband in the ROTC program at Carson High School, the OC Register reported. The couple married in November 2012 and had a boy named Alexander James, who is about to celebrate his second birthday.

She had just started her new job at the San Bernardino County's Department of Environmental Health and was happy about it, her mother-in-law, Janice Henson, told the OC Register.

"She had a big heart and loved Disneyland," Henson said. "They were constantly there with their son."

Coworkers who set up a Go Fund Me page for her family said the Godoys were more than coworkers, "they are family."

"The Godoy family has always been positive, fun, loving and have grown on all of us in such a short amount of time," the page said.

Harry Bowman, 46

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Harry Bowman (left) pictured with his girlfriend, Carri Wohlwend.

Bowman, called "Hal" by many people he knew, was a man of strong faith with an interest in volunteer work, according to his obituary.

He taught confirmation classes and planned to volunteer at one of California's National Parks when he retired from his position with the California Department of Public Health.

He grew up in York, Pennsylvania, and attended Dallastown High School. A former neighbor of the family, Jacob Rohrbaugh remembered him as "an intelligent little boy," according to Fox 43.

He was a 15-year resident of California where he "enjoyed hiking, gaming, reading, and taking his daughters to museums, galleries and dancing," according to the obituary.

Bowman earned his Bachelor's and Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University. He went on to receive his PHD from Ohio State University.

He is survived by his mother, Marion; brother, James; sister-in-law, Meta; sister, Marya; and two daughters.

The family is planning a private memorial service in California.

CORRECTION

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe is cousins with victim Isaac Amanios. An earlier version of this story misstated their relationship.

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