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It was a day filled with beautiful music, and colorful words. But, it was also a day which included pain, and sadness. On the first anniversary of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack which took 12 lives, a series of ceremonies were held in Thousand Oaks to dedicate a new permanent memorial.

It’s hard. In fact, it’s impossible to explain what led to the Borderline Bar and Grill attack a year ago. How do you make sense of the senseless? There were many heroes that night. People in the club broke out windows to help people escape, and carried injured friends and stranger to safety. But, while more than 200 people were trying to flee from danger, a Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant was intentionally running into it.

Courtesy Gabby Flores

Gabby Flores is a 20 year old student at California Lutheran University, who has been living wiht the aftermath of a tragedy no one should have to experience.

Flores was dancing at Borderline Bar and Grill one year ago, when an an armed gunman opened fire at establishment in Thousand Oaks. Twelve people died that night, along with the gunman.

It was an emotional day Wednesday for family members, friends, and members of the law enforcement community as a ceremony was held to honor the Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant who died in the Borderline Bar And Grill Attack. It was a day to remember Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus.

Final preparations are underway for the formal dedication of what’s being called “The Healing Garden,” which is a permanent memorial in a Thousand Oaks park for the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack. The memorial is in Conejo Creek Park North.

It’s a warm, sunny day, and a woman has brought some colorful plants to a park in the middle of California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. The plants are being transplanted around a bench in the park. For some people passing by, it looks like a nice spot to sit, and enjoy the sun. But, for Laura Lynn Meek, this is sacred ground. It’s where her son used to lounge when he attended school at Cal Lutheran. It was his hangout, until he became one of the 12 victims of the November, 2018 Borderline Bar And Grill Attack.

A charity coed flag football event originally planned for this weekend in Ventura County has been cancelled after controversy arose about whether the event was becoming too political. The “Blue Bowl” was planned for Sunday in Newbury Park. It was intended to be a fundraiser for the family of Sgt. Ron Helus, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant fatally wounded responding to the Borderline Bar and Grill attack.

A Ventura County official says in the wake of the wave of mass shootings in the last year, the county is going to launch a prevention campaign. Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza says the move is prompted by the Borderline Bear and Grill attack in Thousand Oaks last November, as well as the recent shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.

A planned healing garden to commemorate the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack in Thousand Oaks has received final approval.

The Thousand Oaks City Council Tuesday night committed $250,000 for the garden, which will be located in Conejo Creek North Park. It’s the city’s largest and most popular park, located just off of Highway 23.

A national nonprofit organization is starting a support group in Ventura County to help survivors of last November’s Borderline Bar and Grill attack, which left 12 victims dead. The group “Give An Hour” will host the weekly meetings, which begin next Thursday.

It was six months ago Tuesday that a Ventura County community had what many call the most difficult day in its history. 12 people died after a gunman entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, and opened fire. After being confronted by law enforcement officers, he then killed himself. The investigation into what happened that night is still ongoing.

Country music is echoing through a Thousand Oaks park where hundreds of people have gathered. There are smiles and laughter, and also sadness and tears in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University. It’s an event to remember Justin Meek, a Cal Lutheran graduate who was one of the 12 people who died as a result of last November’s Borderline Bar and Grill attack.

An actor and singer who’s perhaps best known for his role in the iconic movie “Forrest Gump” is hosting a free show in Ventura County this weekend to honor public safety first responders. Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will host what’s being called the “Concert For Defenders” Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

A Ventura County legislator introduced a bill to name part of Highway 101 after a law enforcement officer who died as a result of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack. The legislation calls for naming Highway 101 from Hampshire Road to Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks the Sergeant Ron Helus Memorial Highway.

He and his family are among the thousands of people hit by the Woolsey, and Hill brush fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. But, John Ondrasik of Westlake Village says firefighters were able to keep the Woolsey fire from destroying his home. Ondrasik wanted to help give back, to help fire victims, as well as the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack in Thousand Oaks which took 12 lives.

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