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Telemachus Tel Orfanos, 27, survived mass shooting in Las Vegas but not one in his hometown Thousand Oaks
(CNN)Back in April, officers in Thousand Oaks, California, responded to a disturbance at the home where Ian David Long lived.

CNNs Jose Pagliery, Shimon Prokupecz, Scott Glover, Paul P. Murphy, Cheri Mossburg, Ryan Browne, Sonya Hamasaki and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas a year ago, was again with friends and fans of country music when he was shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday.

In Greek mythology Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope, but Orfanos carried a lighter name – Tel – in his hometown of Thousand Oaks. where he graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and had attended Moorpark College.

@pepperdine STATEMENT (1/2): The University has received reports that several Pepperdine students were at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks this evening when a gunman reportedly entered the location and began shooting. At this time, the University is working to identify

Survivors of Las Vegas mass shooting were inside California bar during attack | TheHill

His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, gave a heartbreaking interview to KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon, her anguish at another mass shooting, this one taking her oldest child, almost too painful to watch.

“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” one survivor told the LA Times. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.” 

California mass shooting: Telemachus Orfanos survived Las Vegas massacre only to die in Thousand Oaks carnage

“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home,” she said. “He didnt come home last night.

“And I dont want prayers, I dont want thoughts, I want gun control,” Schmidt-Orfanos said, her voice breaking with the rawness of her emotions. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”

Photos on Orfanos Facebook page show the Eagle Scout with friends at ballgames or at work. Some photos are embellished with patriotic graphics and another marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Video: At least 11 injured in shooting at California bar

I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns! – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK

Orfanos, 27, reportedly worked at Borderline as well as at Infiniti of Thousand Oaks where he was a concierge and product specialist in the customer relations department.

Ventura County Sheriffs Captain Garo Kuredjian said that there were hundreds of people in the Borderline bar at the time of the shooting, the New York Times reported. The bar is located near Pepperdine University; Wednesday nights are College Country Night, according to the bars website. The school tweeted that several of its students were known to be at the bar at the time of the shooting.

His Facebook profile listed him as a veteran of the Navy. According to a 2009 article in his hometown newspaper, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, he was also an Eagle Scout. Under a photo of the then-18-year-old Orfanos, the newspaper reported that his Eagle Scout project involved public safety at Thousand Oaks High School, and that he’d earned it as a member of Troop No. 765 of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Ventura County Sheriffs office Capt. Garo Kuredjian says the first reports of gun shots happened at 11:20pm Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Video: 1 October survivors also at bar during Thousand Oaks shooting

Another victim previously featured in @TOAcornNews: Heres Orfanos in 2009 at age 18. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 765 out of Redeemer Lutheran Church pic.twitter.com/IqF9j2AtEz

THOUSAND OAKS, CA– Police say 11 people and a sheriffs deputy were killed overnight when a man opened fire at a southern California bar. The shooter is also dead.

Video: Deadly Shooting At Bar In Southern California

As word of his death spread friends on social media paid tribute to the friendly, gentle, bearded young man they knew.

I went and spoke at a Jewish synagogue after the tragedy on the East Coast, and when I talked to the parishioners there and the rabbi I said, Weve got to do something about the hate, and weve got to do something to just spread the love and reach out and help people, and be patient and understand them because this will touch so many lives around our community.

“Can’t believe you’re gone, Tel,” wrote Zoe Romney on a photo of her with Orfanos. “I’m gonna miss you always picking on me and trying to make me laugh when I’m feeling down.”

Dean identified the killer as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine veteran who lived in the neighboring town of Newbury Park and had multiple minor run-ins with law enforcement. Police had been called to his home in April when he was acting angry and irrational. He was also involved in traffic accidents and was attacked at a different bar in Thousand Oaks.


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