Mom of Thousand Oaks shooting victim who survived Las Vegas makes heartbreaking plea

Telemachus Orfanos and his friends survived one of the deadliest mass shootings in America, at a Las Vegas country music festival in 2017. But 13 months later, another mass shooter killed him.

This time, the shooting was at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, at another country music event. Thirteen people died, including a sheriff’s deputy and the suspected shooter.

Orfanos’ mother made a bone-chilling plea to the public during an interview with KABC-TV on Thursday.

“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,” Susan Orfanos said in tears.

“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers.”

“I want gun control. No more guns!”

Police have identified Ian David Long, 28, as the suspected gunman. He allegedly opened fire during the bar’s “College Country Night” ― a weekly event hosted for students at California Lutheran University, Moorpark College and Pepperdine University.

Here's what we know about Ian Long: 

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Authorities said Ian David Long opened fire Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, at a country music bar in Southern California, killing multiple people before apparently taking his own life.

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Long was a former Marine and neighbors said he may have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said his department had several previous contacts with the suspect including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

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The 28-year-old was reportedly a homebody who lived with his mother, Colleen. A neighbor also claimed that Long's mother recently confided that her son was growing "violent," according to ABC News.

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Long was armed with a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extended magazine, according to local law enforcement officials.

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Witness told local media outlets that Long was wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered.

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According to court records, Ian Long was married in 2009 but the couple seperated in 2011 and divorced in 2013.

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Officials said Long, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, used a legally purchased .45-caliber handgun outfitted with an extended magazine and deployed a smoke device during the attack.

The extended magazine Long allegedly used cannot be legally purchased in California under a 2000 law.

Orfanos was reportedly at Borderline with other friends who had survived the Las Vegas shooting. He regularly worked as a security guard at the bar but was just enjoying a night out on Wednesday, his friend Marybeth Schroeder told HuffPost. She described him as “the sweetest guy.”

Orfanos’ mother had a simple request during a brief phone interview with The New York Times.

“He made it through Las Vegas, he came home. And he didn’t come last night,” she told the Times.

“And the two words I want you to write are: Gun control,” she added. “Right now ― so that no one else goes through this. Can you do that? Can you do that for me? Gun control.”

According to the Times, Orfanos hung up the phone after that remark.

Thousand Oaks, located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is frequently named one of the safest cities in the country. According to locals, Borderline Bar & Grill was a gathering place for people who loved country music.

The shooting at Borderline marks the 307th mass shooting in the U.S. this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive’s records.

These are the victims of the Thousand Oaks 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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Six days earlier, a gunman shot six people, killing at least two of them inside of a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida. Six days before that, an anti-Semitic shooter opened fire inside of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, leaving 11 people dead.​​​​​​​

Sara Boboltz contributed reporting.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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