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A mass shooting during college night at the Borderline Bar and Grill on November 7, 2018 took the lives of 12 victims, including a 27-year veteran of our Sheriff’s Department. Dozens of others were treated at local hospitals and hundreds experienced lasting trauma. Our hearts are with all of those impacted by this horrific event. Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) is accepting donations to support survivors and victim's families.

Work-Group Begins to Explore Public Memorial

March 28, 2019: The City, along with public safety, parks and education partners, is working toward a development of a public memorial for the victims and community members touched by the Borderline tragedy. The goal is to have an event or announcement on the one-year anniversary.

At its first meeting on March 8, 2019, the group outlined an inclusive process that includes working first with impacted families and then reaching out extensively to other stakeholders and the broader community through a combination of social media, print and in-person strategies. We anticipate this outreach will begin in May.

After analyzing input, along with information on potential memorial sites, offers of support, preliminary cost estimates, and timelines, the work-group will present its recommendations. Watch this page for more information as the process unfolds. 

Temporary Borderline Memorial Moved

December 13, 2018: Borderline Bar and Grill and the City of Thousand Oaks worked with community volunteers to move the temporary memorial on Moorpark Rd. to the Borderline parking lot on private property about 500 ft. from the original site. This move was to ensure visitors had a safe space to pay tribute to the Borderline victims until a more permanent memorial was developed.

Our collective priority is a thoughtful and compassionate process that included:

  • Documenting and photographing the site with support from the Thousand Oaks Library.

  • Providing families of the victims an opportunity to remove meaningful items.

  • Transporting flowers to Growing Works therapeutic gardens in Camarillo, where they will be composted and used to grow oak trees.

  • Reconstructing the temporary memorial in the Borderline parking lot, 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.

The new site will remain accessible to the public for a yet undetermined amount of time, and is set back from the street with more room for visitors.

A committee will form in the near future to look at options for a lasting tribute to the victims. This is a long-term process that will involve a number of individuals, groups and public entities.

Letter to Families

November 15, 2018: Many people have reached out with letters of condolence for families. Please mark letters (no food or flowers, please) as indicated below.: 

  • Sergeant Ron Helus Family
  • Noel Sparks Family
  • Tel Orfanos Family
  • Sean Adler Family
  • Jake Dunham Family
  • Justin Meek Family
  • Cody Coffman Family
  • Alaina Housley Family
  • Kristina Morisette Family
  • Blake Dingham Family
  • Daniel Manrique Family
  • Mark Mesa Jr. Family

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