Borderline Bar mass shooting claims 1 October survivor’s life; mother makes impassioned plea

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Among the victims of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, California was 27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos.  And ironically, Orfanos was a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, 2017.

Known to his friends as ‘Tel,’ Orfanos was one of 12 people killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar.

“It’s been too many shootings,” said Route 91 survivor Christine Caria.  “They’re not ending, and it just hurts at such a soul level, and there just seems to be no answers.” 

Orfanos was part of the Route 91 family which is a group created for survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“We call it family. We also call it a club you don’t want to join. But, this club just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said Caria. 

Orfano was a Navy vet. His mother, Susan, shared a powerful message to reporters on Thursday. Her pain was felt in every word she said.

“My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends, and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,” she said. “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers. I want gun control. No. More. Guns.”

“How is it that we’re letting our children be killed? Or not being able to go to a concert or church or just to go out dancing with our friends, Caria asked?

A vigil has been planned for the victims and survivors of the Borderline Bar shooting. It will be held at 6:30 Friday night at the Healing Garden in Downtown Las Vegas.

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