WATCH: Father of California Shooting Victim Mourns Son’s Death — ‘This is a Heart I’ll Never Get Back’
As details emerged on the California bar shooting that left 12 dead Wednesday night, a father mourned the loss of his 22-year-old son, remembering him as a loving man who is deeply missed.
Jason Coffman spoke to reporters Thursday about Cody Coffman, his firstborn — who was killed when a gunman entered Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA and began firing upon the crowd.
Coffman said his family is days away from welcoming a new child.
“Cody was the big brother that my kids need,” he said. “I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month that he was so excited to have his first sister, and now she’ll never know. Oh, Cody, I love you, son.”
Coffman then thanked reporters for their work on covering the massacre, describing this as “an absolute heart wrenching time for me and my family” and sending prayers to others affected.
“There’s many more to come, but for me this is a heart that I’ll never get back. I’ll never get back.”
Cody was planning to join the army, his father said, having recently celebrated his birthday.
“My son was on his way to fulfilling his dream of serving the country,” Coffman said. “He just turned 22. He was talking to recruiters and doing his thing that he had to do to become part of the military.”
“There was so many people that he touched,” he added.
Police identified the gunman as Ian Long, a 28-year-old former Marine who is one of the 12 dead.
Watch above, via CNN.
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