THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. ― Borderline Bar & Grill was “the spot” for college students, particularly on Wednesdays.

They flocked from California Lutheran College, Moorpark School, Pepperdine College, California State College Channel Islands and different space colleges to satisfy there for faculty evening, when everybody over 18 was welcome. It’s a country-themed bar, so whether or not they have been consuming or not, college students confirmed as much as line dance and socialize with their friends.

However this Wednesday, 12 lives have been taken on the similar place and time everybody gathers for faculty evening.

“The capturing felt very private, virtually as if it was on the college, as a result of so many college students go to varsity evening,” stated Isabella Giotis, 26, a scholar at Cal Lutheran. “I used to be there final Wednesday. … Everyone knows pals who’ve misplaced folks or are at the moment questioning the place their pals are.”

Nowadays, irrespective of the place I am going, I go searching earlier than I even chill out.
Shardonaye Moyes, a Moorpark School scholar

On Thursday morning, a couple of thousand college students and members of the group crowded Cal Lutheran’s chapel to mourn the victims. The chapel was so packed that some folks needed to watch the service on screens in an overflow space outdoors.

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It was through the service that many additionally came upon {that a} former Cal Lutheran scholar, 23-year-old Justin Meek ― who reportedly labored as a bouncer on the bar ― was among the many capturing victims. His sister nonetheless attends the college.

“Justin was one of many pleasant ones who would at all times say hello if you handed by him,” stated 24-year-old Kelsey Ng, one other scholar at Cal Lutheran. “It’s an enormous loss for our group.”

Ng, like many college students who spoke to HuffPost, is often on the bar on Wednesdays. Borderline is “a spot the place you felt protected and went out with all your mates. It was a very inclusive place and welcomed totally different varieties of individuals,” she stated.

This era of younger folks understands all too effectively the hazard of gun violence in America. They noticed their fellow college students gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive, Sandy Hook Elementary and so many different colleges; they noticed the mass murders at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the music competition in Las Vegas. In reality, as many as 30 folks at Borderline throughout this week’s capturing have been additionally on the competition in Vegas final yr, when a gunman killed 58 and injured over 800 extra within the gunfire and panic.

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College students of this era have realized to look over their shoulder.

“I really feel like nowadays, irrespective of the place I am going, I go searching earlier than I even chill out,” stated Shardonaye Moyes, 22, who attends Moorpark School. “You’re having shootings at elementary colleges, excessive colleges, faculty campuses. At a bar, it’s unhappy to say, however it’s not that shocking. It’s a tragedy and it’s actually unhappy.”

Present and former Moorpark college students met on campus on Thursday to pay their respects to the victims. Alumna Chrystal Salas, 27, and present scholar Poon Yuwawanit, 18, have been pasting up posters that learn “Moorpark cares” with hearts and area for others so as to add their story.

“You may’t go wherever,” Salas stated. “You may’t go to your small-town neighborhood bar with out concern.”

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Courses have been canceled at some faculties, whereas others went on with their regular schedules. College students at Moorpark have been waking as much as the conclusion that their fellow college students have been gone ― or within the case of 21-year-old Isabella Phillips, not sleeping a lot in any respect.

“I had an examination this morning, however final evening I didn’t even research as a result of I used to be up calling and texting everybody and ensuring they have been OK till virtually three a.m.,” she stated. “A few of my co-workers have been there final evening. A few of them have been locked up within the loos whereas it was nonetheless occurring round 11:20 p.m. … To date my shut pals are OK. However the factor is their pals’ pals ― I’m unsure.”

Different college students spoke of plans to donate blood, which the Pink Cross says it wants after the assault. Throughout the nation, these seeking to donate blood can go to the Pink Cross web site to discover a blood donation location of their space. The Los Angeles Occasions additionally had some ideas for these seeking to donate money.

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