- Title: One year later, San Bernardino marks shooting that killed 14
- Date: 8th December 2016
- Summary: SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 02, 2016) (REUTERS) CHOIR SINGING U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2016 20:21
- Keywords: Syed Rizwan Farook Tashfeen Malik San Bernardino shooting anniversary blood drive Inland Regional Center
- Location: SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015C5ZJ2F
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- Story Text: Residents and people who work in the Southern California town of San Bernardino marked the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting by Islamic militants that left 14 people dead in the town with a day-long series of events.
San Bernardino was the scene of one of the deadliest acts of violence by militants in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks. The city has just over 200,000 residents and is less than 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.
A year ago, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire at the Inland Regional Center during a holiday party and training session for San Bernardino County employees, who were Farook's co-workers, wounding 22 people in addition to the 14 killed. Don Meza, who works at the center, was hoping to put thoughts of the tragic day behind him. "I was present on December 2nd at Inland Regional Center, but I am not here to speak of that day. I want to share with you about the outpouring support from this community. We have received countless letters, cards, banners and mementoes from people of San Bernardino expressing their support for us."
In a ceremony on Friday (December 2) at a blood bank, residents came in to donate blood as a symbol of community strength.
Among the blood donors was Dawn Slobom.
"So I'm thinking that a lot of people lost their lives so if I can donate blood it will help save somebody else's." 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.
In the evening, another San Bernardino event was expected to draw at least 2,000 participants to an arena.
FBI investigators are still seeking to answer key questions, such as the location of the married couple's computer hard drive and whether anyone helped them.
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