Jason Coffman was among the hundreds of people who were desperately trying to reach their family members after the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. His son, Cody, was a regular at the bar’s Wednesday night line dancing event. By 6AM on Thursday morning, Jason Coffman said he still hadn’t heard from his Cody. Jason used a tracking app to locate Cody’s phone — and he found that the phone was still right there in the bar.
Of course, Jason went through the kind of private hell that any parent would in this case. He did his best to stay optimistic. But Jason also told reporters that his son was not the kind of boy to flee from gunfire.
“This is my firstborn child. I’m afraid he was the boy who went towards the gunman and not ran away. That’s the kind of boy that he is,” Jason told the press on Thursday morning.
Authorities later informed Jason that his firstborn son, Cody, had died at the scene of the horrific shooting.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cody Was Getting Ready to Join the Army
Cody Coffman had just turned 22. He was preparing to enlist in the army. His father, Jason, described him as a brave young man — the kind of boy who would run towards the scene of a disaster, instead of running away from it. “That’s the kind of boy he is,” Jason said.
He said Cody was a loving son and called him “the kind of big brother my kids need.” Choking back tears, Jason also thanked the media for giving him the chance to tell his son’s story and to show his picture.
2. Cody Loved to Dance & Was a Regular at Borderline Bar & Grill
Cody Coffman father, Jason, told CBS2 that Cody went to the bar every Wednesday night to line dance. Jason said, “I talked to him last night before he headed out the door. First thing I said is, ‘please don’t drink and drive.’ Last thing I said is, ‘I love you.’”
Jason tracked Cody to the bar using an app on Cody’s phone. On Thursday morning, he was waiting for news of his son. He told local media, “I am very emotional right now. This is my first born son. To lose your kid in a senseless way like this is pretty tough. And I hope you’re out there and I hope you’re okay.”
3. Cody Was About to Have a Baby Sister
Cody’s father, Jason, tearfully told reporters about the deep love that he and his son had for one another. Jason said that his first daughter will be born soon — she is due on November 29 — and he expressed his heartbreak at the thought that now, his daughter will never have the chance to meet her older brother.
Jason said, “Cody was the big brother that my kids need. I have a baby daughter coming on the 29th of this …read more