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The Latest: Funeral held for victim of California massacre

November 15, 2018

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on funerals for victims of a mass shooting at a Southern California bar (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Family and friends have gathered to mourn a 22-year-old man who was gunned down in last week’s massacre at a Southern California country bar.

Cody Gifford-Coffman was remembered Wednesday night in Camarillo as a man with an easy smile, a love of fun, fishing and baseball and a goofy sense of humor.

One relative wore a new black cowboy hat that he placed in the open casket, noting that Gifford-Coffman had lost his in the shooting.

He and 11 others were slain Nov. 7 when a gunman attacked the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks during a country music dance night that drew area college students and other young people. The gunman later killed himself as well.

Friends credited Gifford-Coffman with saving lives by telling everyone to flee.

A memorial service will be held Thursday for Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus. The 29-year veteran died when he went into the bar to battle the gunman.

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12:20 p.m.

Funerals are being planned for victims of last week’s mass shooting in a Southern California bar.

A service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday for 22-year-old Cody Gifford-Coffman at Perez Family Chapel in Camarillo.

He and 11 others were slain Nov. 7 when a gunman attacked the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks during a country music dance night that drew area college students and other young people.

A memorial service will be held Thursday for Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was fatally shot when responded to the bar and exchanged gunfire with the gunman, who ultimately killed himself.

The 29-year veteran of the force will be mourned at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village and interred nearby at Pierce Brothers Valley Mortuary and Cemetery.

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