The Iranian emigrant
Bennetta Betbadal, 46: She was born in Iran in 1969 and came to the U.S. at age 18 to escape the persecution of Christians after the Iranian Revolution, said a family statement. Betbadal, a health inspector, and her husband, a police officer, were married in 1997 and have three children ages 10, 12 and 15. Her family said it appears her life was stolen by “the same type of extremism that she fled.”
Sierra Clayborn, 27: Her friends said she stood out as someone who always had an encouraging word. “She always had something encouraging to say,” said Timothy J. Lee, who met the restaurant inspector in a hip-hop class at the University of California, Riverside.
The devoted husband
Robert Adams, 40: The Yucaipa resident was known as a loving father of a 20-month-old daughter, Savannah, and devoted husband to his wife, Summer. “He was her high school sweetheart,” said friend Megan Neforos.
The passionate debater
Nicholas Thalasinos 52: He identified as a Messianic Jew and passionately defended Israel, actively debating about religion in online forums and in person, his friends said. Friend Kuuleme Stephens said Thalasinos’ grieving wife, Jennifer, “believes her husband was martyred for his faith and beliefs.”
The coffee shop owner
Daniel Kaufman, 42: He ran an independently owned coffee shop inside the Inland Regional Center. Katherine Panowicz, who had known him for 15 years, said his big smile “would change the entire environment of a room just because he had a big brilliant smile.”
The family man
Michael Raymond Wetzel, 37: Friends and fellow church members appealed for help supporting his widow, Renee, a stay-at-home mom in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., and children. “Michael was the most amazing person,” Renee Wetzel said in a statement issued through a friend. The couple had five children from previous marriages and one child together. “I have never known a better person,” she said.
Damian Meins, 58: He was passionate about serving his community, a message he took from the priests at his Catholic high school in Riverside and carried throughout his life. “Service to others, helping others. He very much took that to heart,” said friend Walter Hackett. Meins married his high school sweetheart, now a Catholic school principal, and they raised two daughters, one a teacher. Meins was fondly remembered as the guy who dressed up as Santa for school pictures, according to a parent’s social media posting Thursday.
The future bride
Tin Nguyen, 31: She was supposed to get married in 2017, her family said. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen was a food inspector.
Authorities released the names of the rest of the victims, but details weren’t available. They are:
Isaac Amanios, 60: He was a supervising environmental health specialist.
Harry Bowman, 46: of Upland.
Juan Espinoza, 50: of Highland.
Aurora Godoy, 26: of San Jacinto.
Shannon Johnson, 45: of Los Angeles.
Yvette Velasco, 27: of Fontana.