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Remembering the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

Remembering the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

Remembering the victims of San Bernardino's deadly massacre

Faces of the Fallen: San Bernardino Shooting Victims

These are the stories of the 14 people who died tragically in the San Bernardino mass shooting incident on Dec. 2, 2015

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    The 14 people killed were different in every way imaginable. Men and women. Younger and older. White, black, Hispanic and Asian. Single and married. Here are the stories of the 14 victims in the San Bernardino shooting rampage as told from their loved ones. Among the killed -- fathers, husbands, partners, the innocent.

    Robert Adams, 40
    Adams married his high school sweetheart. "He was a loving son, brother, husband and daddy to daughter Savannah," his family said. Adams and his wife, Summer, had plans to take their daughter to Disneyland for the first time.

    Isaac Amanios, 60
    Amanios wanted the American dream, and he had it. The supervising environmental health specialist and his wife, Hiwet, had three beautiful children and a home in Fontana. His cousin, New York Giants player Nat Berhe tweeted about his death. Amanios, originally from Eritrea, and Farook, one of the shooters, sometimes spoke Arabic to each other.

    Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46
    Bet-Badal was born in Iran and came to the United States at age 18 to escape the persecution of Christians after the Iranian Revolution. She married a police officer and was the mother of three.

    Harry Bowman, 46
    Bowman, a lover of the outdoors who doted on his two daughters, had only recently been hired as a statistical analyst for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. "He was a great guy, very friendly, always willing to help," said Isaac Maya, the center's director of research and transition, who recalled writing a glowing letter of recommendation when Bowman decided to change fields.

    Sierra Clayborn, 27
    Clayborn, a graduate from the University of California, Riverside, was friendly and outgoing, quick to offer an encouraging word and enthused about her work as a health inspector.

    Juan Espinoza, 50
    Espinoza was born in Mexico, a quiet man and the father of two children.

    Aurora Godoy, 26
    Godoy, who worked as an office assistant, was a wife and the mother of a toddler boy. "We will keep her flame alive so that her young son does not forget her special mother," wrote her aunt, Rebecca Godoy.

    Shannon Johnson, 45
    The college baseball player and ardent sports fan had a great sense of humor. The health inspector lived with his girlfriend in Los Angeles and was a member of the LA mayor's Crisis Response Team. "Shannon was a generous, fun-loving soul, who very much loved his family and friends," loved ones said in a statement.

    Daniel Kaufman, 42
    Kaufman's boyfriend, Ryan Reyes, was initially told Kaufman was only shot in the arm and was led to believe that he was alive 22 hours after the mass shooting, but was later confirmed to have been killed. Kaufman ran the coffee shop at the social services center where the shootings occurred and was a larger-than-life character, his friends said.

    Damian Meins, 58
    Meins worked for the San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health and was married to the principal of Sacred Heart School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Trenna Meins, his daughter, told the Press-Enterprise in Riverside County, California. Meins was the father of two grown daughters passionate about serving his community and a dedicated Catholic.

    Tin Nguyen, 31
    Nguyen was born in Vietnam and lived in Santa Ana. She worked as a food inspector with the county health department and planned to get married in 2017. Her fiance's birthday was the day before she died.

    Nicholas Thalasinos, 52
    Thalasinos was a politically outspoken Messianic Jew who passionately defended Israel, actively debating religion in online forums and in person, said his wife Jennifer. She said he is "in the arms of God" and that he was a martyr for his faith.

    Yvette Velasco, 27
    Velasco was an "intelligent, motivated and beautiful young woman who was full of life and loved by all who knew her," her family said. They are "devastated and still processing this nightmare." She left behind three sisters and memories of her beautiful smile.

    Michael Wetzel, 37
    Wetzel, who worked as an environmental specialist, was a fun-loving and dedicated father to his six children, who span in age from infant to teen.

    NBC4 staff and wire services contributed to this report.

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