One victim of the California bar shooting on Wednesday night was a survivor of the Las Vegas massacre more than a year ago.
27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos, one of the victims slain by a gunman who opened fire on a busy country bar in Thousand Oaks, had survived the Las Vegas massacre in 2017. Orfanos’ grieving mother is demanding gun control from Washington.
“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control,” Susan Orfanos said in an interview with local reporters. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. No. More. Guns.”
Telemachus was a Navy veteran who was still dealing with the trauma of living through the mass shooting at Vegas’ Route 91 music festival last October that killed 58 people. He worked as a security guard at the Borderline that was considered to be a refuge for Vegas survivors in the area, People reports.
The New York Times reached Tel’s mom by phone on Thursday and she confirmed his death.
“He made it through Las Vegas, he came home,” she said. “And he didn’t come home last night, and the two words I want you to write are: gun control. Right now — so that no one else goes through this. Can you do that? Can you do that for me? Gun control.”
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