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Thousand Oaks shooting: Big brother-to-be, soon-to-retire sergeant among the victims

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At least a dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Here’s what we know so far about those who died.

Alaina Housley

“Sister Sister” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband released a statement confirming that their niece, Alaina Housley, was among the 12 killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

The couple had been frantically searching for Alaina since the early morning hours in the wake of the deadly shooting.

“Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time,” the statement read.

Justin Meek

Meek, 23, was identified as one of the victims by his family and former college.

California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball released a statement saying the school was informed by the victim’s family that the recent graduated died “heroically” and “saved lives in the incident.”

“Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring,” the statement read, in part.

Cody Coffman

Coffman, 22, was identified as one of the victims by his family.

“We just got word that my son was one of the those who were killed. This was my first-born son,” Cody’s father Jason said in an emotional interview.

Cody leaves behind three little brothers. He also has a little sister on the way.

“He was so excited to have his first sister, and now she’ll never know,” his father said.

Jason said Cody dreamed of serving his country and was talking to recruiters about joining the Army.

“I am speechless and heartbroken,” his father said. “My life has changed forever.”

Sgt. Ron Helus

Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus was a 54-year-old father who lived in Moorpark, California. Helus, who had served on the force for 29 years, was responding to the shooting when he was shot. He died at the hospital.

“Ron was a hard-working, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said of Helus, who was a friend. “He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.”

Sean Adler

Adler was identified by the Simi Valley High School wrestling team as one of the victims killed. A tweet from the team stated that Adler was once a wrestling coach.

Blake Dingman

Dingman, 21, was identified by his friends as one of the victims in the mass shooting.

Noel Sparks

Noel Sparks was among those killed in the shooting, ABC7 has learned.

“It is with heavy hearts that we notify you that Noel Sparks was among the victims of last night’s shooting. We grieve with Tony Sparks and Wendy Anderson,” United Methodist Church Westlake Village said in a Facebook post.

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