CSUSB to Hold Day of Remembrance for Victims of Dec. 2, 2015, Tragedy

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– A Day of Remembrance will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, to honor the memories of the 14 people killed, five of them Cal State San Bernardino alumni, during a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on the same date in 2015.

The event will at 3 p.m. at the university’s Peace Garden, which was created in memory of the five alumni, all graduates from the university’s College of Natural Sciences: Robert Adams, Yucaipa (public health education, 2011); Juan Espinoza, Highland (biology, 2002); Shannon Johnson, Los Angeles (environmental health science, 2004); Yvette Velasco, Fontana (environmental health science, 2013); and Michael Wetzel, Lake Arrowhead (biology, 2001).

Located next to the Chemical Sciences Building, the garden has five large boulders, five benches, five trees and a five-sided pedestal on which a bell stands. Each year on Dec. 2 the bell is rung 14 times, once for each life lost in the attack.

The other victims were: Isaac Amanios, Fontana; Bennett Bet-Badal, Rialto; Harry Bowman, Upland; Sierra Clayborn, Moreno Valley; Aurora Godoy, San Jacinto; Larry Daniel Kaufman, Rialto; Damien Meins, Riverside; Tin Nguyen, Santa Ana; and Nicholas Thalasinos, Colton.

They all were San Bernardino County Department of Public Health employees who were at the Inland Regional Center for a training session and holiday party.

For more information, contact Roberto Hernandez at Roberto.hernandez@csusb.edu or call (909) 537-3384.

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