Father identifies son as victim in Calif. shooting: 'Cody was the big brother that my kids need'

The heartbroken father of 22-year-old Cody Coffman choked back tears as he announced that his first-born child was among the 12 victims gunned down at a California bar on Wednesday night.

"Cody was the big brother that my kids need," Jason Coffman said during a Thursday press conference. "I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month, and [Cody] was so excited to have his first sister," he said. "And now she'll never know him."

Victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting:

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Friends remembered Kristina Kaylee Morisette as a bubbly, happy person. "I saw Kristina walking around right before it happened … It still seems like a dream. I just can't believe it," said a friend of her's.

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Alaina Housley, an 18-year-old freshman at Pepperdine University was killed. Alaina's aunt and actress Tamera Mowry released a statement saying her niece was one of the victims. Mowry is married to former Fox News national correspondent Adam Housley who said, "you just don’t think that — same stupid quote — you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you."

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Cody Coffman's father, Jason Coffman, identified his 22-year-old son as one of the victims killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

"Cody was the big brother that my kids need," Jason Coffman said during a Thursday press conference. "I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month, and [Cody] was so excited to have his first sister," he said. "And now she'll never know him."

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California Lutheran University confirmed that recent graduate, Justin Meek, was killed in the shooting. The 23-year-old was reportedly working as a bouncer at the bar.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Telemachus Orfanos, 27, was a U.S. Navy veteran and his friends called him "Tel," according to the Associated Press. His mother spoke with ABC7 and said, "I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!"

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Noel Sparks was identified as one of the victims of the shooting by United Methodist Church Westlake Village on Facebook.

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Dan Manrique was a 33-year-old former Marine Corps radio operator and head of the Ventura County chapter of veterans non-profit Team Red, White & Blue.

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Marky Meza Jr., 20, was working as a busboy at Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.

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Jake Dunham, 21, was at Borderline on Wednesday night with his friend, Blake Dingman. Both were killed in the attack.

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Blake Dingman, 21, was reportedly a well-known local athlete who played high school baseball at Hillcrest Christian School in Thousand Oaks.

"We were really proud of him," his aunt, Janet Dingman, told PE.com in a phone interview. “He was a really, fun, energetic and loving nephew.”

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Coffman said he was awoken around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning to pounding on his front door, which he initially believed may have been the police, the LA Times reports.

Instead, it was a group of his son's friends, alerting him that there had been a shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where they had been spending the night. His friends had escaped the attack but lost Cody amid the chaos.

In a CNN interview early Thursday morning, Jason Coffman told reporters that he had not heard from his son since the shooting and that his family was "in the dark" on his welfare.

He added that he was able to track his son's location via an app on his phone, but that the icon hadn't moved from the bar, which troubled him. 

On Thursday afternoon, after a night of painful waiting, the Coffman family received the tragic news that their son had not made it out alive.

"Oh Cody, I love you, son," the bereaved father said, adding that this will be a heartwrenching time for him and his family. "For me, this is a heart that I'll never get back."

Cody Coffman was one of 12 who died during Wednesday night's mass shooting, including one law enforcement official. 

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, was shot multiple times while entering the bar and tragically died later on from his injuries.

The gunman, identified as former U.S. Marine Ian David Long, 28, was also found dead at the bar from a gunshot wound, although it remains unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or if the shooter was gunned down by police.

18-year-old Pepperdine University freshman Alaina Housley was also confirmed dead in the attack by her aunt, actress Tamera Mowry-Housley.

"Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks," Mowry-Housley said.

"Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner."

Earlier in the day, Alaina's uncle, former Fox News national correspondent Adam Housley, said his family was able to track her Apple Watch and iPhone, both of which showed her location as on the dance floor of Borderline Bar & Grill, unmoving, which led them to fear the worst. 

"My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead," Housley said at the time. "I'm hoping I'm wrong."

"You just don’t think that — same stupid quote — you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you," he added.

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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Tim Dominguez who was in the bar with his son distraught over the shooting sits under the freeway after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
In this image taken from video a victim is treated near the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene. (RMG News via AP)
In this image taken from video a victim is carried from the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene. (RMG News via AP)
In this image taken from video a victim is treated near the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene. (RMG News via AP)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Police work int he area after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Security patrol after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Sarah Rose DeSon talks to friends after a shooter wounded seven Wednesday night on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: People leave the scene after a shooter wounded seven Wednesday night on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Molly Esterline is hugged by David Crawford on scene after a shooter wounded seven Wednesday night on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Jason Coffman displays a photo of his son Cody outside the Thousands Oaks Teene Center where he came hoping to find his son who was at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 8, 2018. - Twelve people, including a police sergeant, were shot dead in a shooting at the bar close to Los Angeles, police said Thursday. All the victims were killed inside the bar in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on November 7, including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. The gunman was also dead at the scene, Dean added. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An FBI agent talks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People comfort each other as they sit near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: FBI setup for investigation at the Borderline and its parking lot after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Police work in the area after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Witnesses console each other near the Borderline Bar & Grill after a shooter wounded seven Wednesday night on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Police work in the area with dogs after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: A man speaks with law enforcement personnel as people stand along South Moorpark Road after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Nellie Wong cries as Chyann Worrell holds her and Erika Sigman (R) were all inside when shooting started inside the Borderline Bar & Grill when a shooter wounded seven Wednesday night on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, authorities and witnesses said. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
An American Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle is seen outside the Thousands Oaks Teen Center where people have come for family assistance following the bar shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 8, 2018. - Twelve people, including a police sergeant, were shot dead in a shooting at the bar close to Los Angeles, police said Thursday. All the victims were killed inside the bar in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on November 7, including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. The gunman was also dead at the scene, Dean added. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In this image taken from video a victim is treated near the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene. (RMG News via AP)
People walk away from the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People walk away from the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Sheriff's deputy speaks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Sheriff's deputies speak to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Sheriff's deputies speak to a potential witnesses as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The inside of the Borderline Bar and Grill is seen after the shooting as police closed off the area in Thousand Oaks, California on November 8, 2018. - Twelve people, including a police sergeant, were shot dead in a shooting at a night club close to Los Angeles, police said Thursday. All the victims were killed inside the bar in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on Wednesday, including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. The gunman was also dead at the scene, Dean added. The bar was hosting a college country music night. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather as close as they can to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 8, 2018 as police vehicles closed off the area responding to a shooting. - Twelve people, including a police sergeant, were shot dead in a shooting at a night club close to Los Angeles, police said Thursday. All the victims were killed inside the bar in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on Wednesday, including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. The gunman was also dead at the scene, Dean added. The bar was hosting a college country music night. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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