A California veteran who escaped the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October of 2017 was one of the 12 people murdered at Borderline Bar & Grill Wednesday, November 7th in Thousand Oaks, California. Telemachus Orfanos was one of those in attendance for “college country night” Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California when former U.S. Marine and veteran of the Afganistan war, Ian David Long entered the packed bar, deployed smoke devices and without muttering one word, began slaughtering patrons.
Orfanos, 27, was a military veteran as well, having served in the U.S, Navy from 2011 to 2014. He moved back to California to stay with his parents after he finished his service and, at the time of Wednesday’s shooting, he was employed at a local car dealership.
On October 1st, 2017, Orfanos was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when a gunman, Stephen Paddock, from his room inside the Mandalay Bay Casino that overlooked the festival, rained down a fury of gunfire on the helpless hundreds below. Paddock killed 58 people that day and wounded hundreds more before turning the barrel of one of his guns on himself, taking his own life.
Orfanos was one of those who made it out alive that night, and on Thursday morning, Orfanos’ mother along with other family and friends were hoping and praying that the young man had been lucky again. Orfanos’ mother made a desperate plea to reporters at the scene in California:
“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts,” she told reporters. “I want those b——– in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.”
Orfanos’ father, Mark Orfanos said the shooter – who officials indicated may have suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) – “was probably as much of a victim as everybody else.”
“I’m not gonna vilify this kid because he’s got parents that are grieving, too,” Mark Orfanos said. “And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him.”
Orfanos’ father continued by stating to reporters, “How ironic my son should be killed in such a way.”
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