Memorial Service Held for Coronado Man Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon for the Coronado man killed in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

Friends and family shared cherished memories spent with Justin Meek at Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University. The service was live-streamed on the school's website.

"I think it is so hard today, for all of us and his family to feel this loss," Meek family spokeswoman Melissa Maxwell-Doherty said. "We feel this fragileness about human life, we understand how important community is."

Meek, 23, was a bouncer at the nightclub when gunfire broke out earlier this month. He graduated from Cal Lutheran in May.

"He gave his life to save others," Maxwell-Doherty said. "Being a military brat he lived in many places in his short 23 years. Now after fulfilling his purpose here on earth, he is home."

Meek’s alma mater set up a scholarship, called the Justin Meek Memorial Scholarship, in his memory where people can donate to the school’s fund.

His family set up a GoFundMe page to assist with any services or celebrations of his life. In one week, Meek’s family received more than $21,000 in donations.

“The incredible outpouring love & support towards Justin & our family truly means the world,” the page said. “Our gratitude is immeasurable, & we continue to thank you all in helping us Honor our Justin.”

A Celebration of Life and Paddle out in Coronado is also being organized to honor Meek. The services are scheduled for the first week of December.

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