Memorial and prayer services held for victims of San Bernardino terror attack
Tributes and memorial services for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage in San Bernardino continued Friday as investigators spent yet another day searching a park lake for possible evidence left by the attackers.
Friends and family filled a funeral service for Damian Meins, a 58-year-old health department employee who was killed in the most deadly terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The service began at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Riverside.
According to his daughter Tina Meins, her father canceled a health inspection the day he was killed so that he could attend a training meeting at the Inland Regional Center.
“He sat with his co-workers, and his life was ended when people that did not value human life decided to take his,” she said in a statement on the crowd funding website GoFundMe.
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Meins, of Riverside, was one of 14 people gunned down at the Dec. 2 holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik stormed through the doors and sprayed gunfire into the crowd. Authorities said 22 people were also injured. The married couple later died in a gun battle with police in the streets of San Bernardino.
As part of its investigation, the FBI on Thursday began searching Seccombe Lake in San Bernardino for electronics and other items possibly left by the married couple the day of the attack. Divers continued to search the lake on Friday.
In Corona, the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco is hosting an evening of prayers Friday with law enforcement and public officials. Residents will be able to ask questions about the attack during the dinner program.
The Islamic Society of Corona-Norco has condemned the attack.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives and ask Almighty God to grant full recovery to the injured,” the organization said in a statement. “The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence. We encourage everyone to be extra vigilant.”
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