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A friend remembers San Bernardino shooting victim Damian Meins




Damian Meins, 58, was one of the 14 people killed in last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Damian Meins, 58, was one of the 14 people killed in last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Courtesy of Ray Smith (Riverside County)

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A candlelight vigil will be held Monday night at the headquarters of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The service will honor the 21 injured in last week's mass shooting as well as the 14 people killed— people including 58-year-old Damian Meins of Riverside, California.

Meins had only recently began working in San Bernardino County. He'd retired from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health in 2010 and then taught physical education and art at St. Catherine of Alexandria school in Riverside.

Meins leaves behind a wife, Trenna, and two daughters, Tina and Tawnya.

Steve Van Stockum, a close friend of the Meins family, joined Take Two for a remembrance of Damian Meins. 

From the Meins family statement:

"We ask, as a family, that people fight hatred with love, and that they seek to perform small acts of kindness for others, as Damian always did. 'Many small people who in many small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world.' Please choose love, compassion, and kindness."

To hear the full interview with Steve Van Stockum, click the link above.