San Bernardino marks one-year anniversary of shooting that killed 14

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A police officer picks up a weapon from the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a 6-moth old daughter together, opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Neighbours comfort Jose Gonzales (centre), who was prevented from returning to his wife and his home at the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Local residents as they wait to return to their homes near the scene of the investigation of an SUV where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo RTX1X2NT
A memorial stands outside the Inland Regional Center (IRC) where 14 people were massacred last month by a married couple inspired by Islamist militants in San Bernardino, California, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
A memorial stands outside the Inland Regional Center (IRC) where 14 people were massacred last month by a married couple inspired by Islamist militants in San Bernardino, California, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
San Bernardino Police Department Sgt. Emil Kokesh, center left, leads cyclists and law enforcement officers down East San Bernardino Avenue, the location of the final shootout with suspects, during the San Bernardino Police Department IRC Memorial Bike Ride on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
An attendee holds an American flag at a memorial event on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
An attendee wipes her eyes at a memorial event on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S., December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Attendees hold American flags at a memorial event on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
People hold lit candles during a memorial on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack, inside Coussoulis Arena at Cal State University San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
A cyclist attaches a placard in honor of shooting victim Yvette Velasco before the start of the San Bernardino Police Department IRC Memorial Bike Ride on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Attendees gather and wear "IRC Strong" clothing after a memorial event at the Inland Regional Center on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
San Bernardino County employees Zen Martinsen (L) and Paula Garcia (R), hug during a memorial event at the Inland Regional Center on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Attendees bow their heads during a memorial event at the Inland Regional Center on the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino attack in San Bernardino, California, U.S. December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 02: An aging makeshift memorial is seen on the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino massacre on December 2, 2016 in San Bernardino, California. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party and training session for San Bernardino County employees at the Inland Regional Center, before dying in a gun fight with police. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 02: The landmark Arrowhead on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains is lit by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to pay tribute to the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino massacre on December 2, 2016 in San Bernardino, California. More than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights illuminate the manmade mountainside feature that overlooks San Bernardino. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party and training session for San Bernardino County employees at the Inland Regional Center, before dying in a gun fight with police. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police and fire officials in Southern California who dealt with the carnage of a mass shooting by Islamic militants that left 14 people dead will mark the one-year anniversary on Friday of the attack that shook even the most hardened emergency responders.

The massacre on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino by a married couple was one of the deadliest attacks by militants in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire during a party and training session for San Bernardino County employees, who were Farook's co-workers, wounding 22 people in addition to the 14 killed.

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Police officers were stunned as they entered the conference room where Farook and Malik had fired on dozens of people, according to a report issued this year by the Police Foundation, which spoke to emergency responders and witnesses.

"It looked like a bomb had gone off," the report said, with blood covering the room and the smell of gunpowder filling the air.

On Friday, the victims will be remembered with a ceremony at a San Bernardino blood bank, a 14-mile (23 km) bicycle ride - representing one mile for each person killed - and a moment of silence.

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RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, holds a photograph of he and Daniel Kaufman, right, his boyfriend of three years who was confirmed as one of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, left, is consoled by his mother Patricia Reyes after finding out his boyfriend of three years, Daniel Kaufman, 42, was one of those killed during Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Robert Adams. Husband to Summer. Father to Savannah. Described as "Remarkable and Ch.... https://t.co/mzM58oTZR7 https://t.co/liGssm0UPJ
My cousin's name is Isaac Amanios and he was a great human being. Thoughts and prayers are with my family back in CA.
RIP #Assyrian Bennetta BetBadal, who lost her life in yesterday's massacre in California. We can't escape. https://t.co/uqCRGSqKco
Sierra Clayborn, 27, a county Environmental Health Specialist. Had a biochemistry degree and a promising future. https://t.co/v5l3AfTTRy
Juan Espinoza's family says health inspector loved his job and also trained Syed Farook with restaurant inspections. https://t.co/zstLbjG1lX

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Damian Meins, 58, was retired. Was going to dress up as Santa for his family holiday pictures. https://t.co/0r6Uimrk00
Tin Nguyen,1 of 14 people killed in #SanBernadinoShooting.Friend remembers 31y/o Santa Ana woman having huge heart https://t.co/iF0dGkqLYK
One of the victims in the #SanBernadinoShooting Nicholas Thalasinos. His wife Jenn texted me this pic of them https://t.co/0p9xA5uUy7
Michael Raymond Wetzel. He was a husband and a father to six children. Think of his family and pray for them... https://t.co/oLg5xElY46
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The ceremony at the blood bank will be attended by officials and emergency responders, and residents are expected to line up to donate blood. The bike ride by police officers and others will be held a short time later, organizers said.

The moment of silence will be held at 10:58 a.m., the time when the shooting was reported to emergency responders, San Bernardino city spokeswoman Monica Lagos said.

In the evening, another local event is expected to draw at least 2,000 participants to an arena, she said.

Authorities have said that U.S.-born Farook and Malik, a native of Pakistan, were inspired by Islamic extremism. The couple died in a shootout with police four hours after the massacre.

A special report this week by ABC News showed a photo of the gathering the couple had targeted, which included elements of a holiday party such as a Christmas tree and costumes.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told ABC News that Malik had previously expressed discontent with the party.

"She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn't think that a Muslim (her husband) should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event," Burguan told ABC News.

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