Several news outlets are posting memorial information about the victims of the cowardly murders in San Bernardino this week. They are difficult to read, but worth the time, and help us to remember the human side of this tragedy. My heart breaks for these families.
I read this one and couldn’t get past the painful irony that is in the background of this man’s story. Some in the media are working hard to overlook or minimize threads like this in favor of other narratives.
One of the victims was Nicholas Thalasinos:
“Thalasinos, who had been working as a health inspector, had a growth removed from his head just four days before being killed in the shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“He had an incredibly good work ethic,” Ed Beck, the husband of one of his former colleagues, said. “The job of a sanitary inspector is certainly not the most glamorous of professions. He was passionate about it. He wanted to make sure people were safe.”
He has two adult sons.
“I want answers and I want them now, because now, it’s personal!” wrote friend Yael Zarfi-Markovich on Facebook.
He was a Messianic Jew who often defended Israel. According to the AP News Agency, he had got into a heated discussion with Farook [one of the shooters who was a radicalized jihadist] about whether Islam was a peaceful religion while working a few weeks ago.” (emphasis added)