SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Friends and family have identified two of the 14 victims who were gunned down in a San Bernardino, California facility for people with disabilities Wednesday morning.
Inland Regional Center employee Nicholas Thalasinos was killed in the attack, his wife confirmed to KTLA. Thalasinos had worked at the facility for 12 or 13 years, according to his wife Jennifer Thalasinos. The two married 14 years ago after meeting online thanks to their mutual love of the CBS TV show "Beauty and the Beast," according to a gofundme account set up for her,
Thalasinos was working at the center when another employee, Syed Farook, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, started their deadly rampage, according to officials. Jennifer Thalasinos said her husband had been missing in the aftermath of the attack, and then she received the devastating news of his death.
The second victim identified in the attack is Michael Raymond Wetzel, a married father of six. His wife, Renee Wetzel, wrote to a group of mothers from the Lil' Mamas entrepreneur group, "Please pray. My husband was in a meeting and a shooter came in. There are multiple people dead/shot. I can't get a hold of him." Eight hours later, she found out he had been killed. Another member of The Lil' Mamas, Celia Behar, set up a fundraising page for Wetzel and her six children.
One of the 14 people killed in the San Bernardino shooting was also related to New York Giants football player Nat Berhe, the safety tweeted Thursday.
"Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I'm so sick right now," Berhe wrote. "The true terror is that this keeps happening. I still can't believe it. Take a moment to think of the families hurting right now."
Authorities are still working to notify family members and say they will try to release the identities of more victims Thursday.