Mark Meza Jr. tragically lost his life Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Mark was a busboy at Borderline, and is remembered as a “loving and wonderful young man” by friends and loved ones.
Meza lost his life when gunman Ian Long, a black-clad ex-Marine with mental health troubles, opened fire shortly before 11:30 p.m. local time on November 7, killing 12 and wounding several more in a horrific scene in which people hid in bathrooms and smashed windows out to try to escape. Borderline Bar & Grill was attacked during its weekly “College Country Nights,” a popular event for the 18-and-up college crowd.
Meza studied photography at Santa Barbara City College in 2014. He would have turned 21 on Nov. 19, according to his family.
Here’s what we know about Meza:
Meza is Remembered as “Wonderful & Loving Young Man” Who Had Bright, Promising Future
Meza was identified by his family as one of the 12 victims killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill massacre on Wednesday, KEYT-TV reports. “Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition,” his family said in a statement to KEYT. “His family is devastated by his loss.”
According to his Facebook page, Meza was born in Santa Barbara, California, and grew up in Carpinteria, California, where he graduated from high school.
“Mark was loved by many in our community and will be dearly missed,” the Carpinteria Unified School District said in a message to parents, according to Buzzfeed News.“Please hold his family and friends in your hearts and thoughts at this difficult time.”
We have sadly confirmed another victim of the #ThousandOaks shooting as Marky Meza Jr. He would have turned 21 on Nov. 19th. His family is devastated and asks for privacy as they heal. pic.twitter.com/kTM0zYh1YR
— Alys Martinez (@KEYTNC3Alys) November 9, 2018
Luz Reyes-Martin, the president at Santa Barbara City College, told Buzzfeed News, “The entire SBCC community mourns this tragic loss of bright, young, promising lives. We send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the victims. We are heartbroken to learn of Mark’s death.”
Tributes to Meza remembered him as a “great soul” and questioned how people could be so cruel as to gun down a group of young adults who were having a fun night out.
“Ppl [sic] truly are the worst, my heart goes out to every victim and their families, RIP Mark Meza, I know we’ve only met a few times but you were such a great soul each time we spoke if only I had more time and more chances to get to know you more, I’m sorry this world is so cruel,” one user wrote on Twitter.
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