Justin Meek, a 23-year-old California Lutheran University graduate, tragically lost his life Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Meek died “heroically” and “saved lives in the incident,” according to a statement released by California Lutheran University.
Meek’s death was confirmed by his family and former college. California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball released a statement saying the school was informed by the victim’s family that Meek recently graduated from the school.
“The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks. Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident.
Today at 11:25 a.m. in Samuelson Chapel, the campus community will gather together in its first public act of mourning. At 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. in the same chapel, there will be a Catholic Rosary and then a campus gathering. All are welcome to attend.
We will pray, begin to comfort one another in our grief, and hold the families, friends and loved ones of the victims in our hearts. Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring,” Kimball said.
The school also encouraged the community to give blood to help those who were wounded in the shooting recover.
“We know that many community members are looking for ways to help and to reach out. We encourage you to give blood locally. To make a cash donation to support affected community members, visit the Ventura County Community Foundation at https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/.”
Meek Was Breaking Windows and Helping Others Escape When He Was Killed
Meek graduated from Coronado High School in 2014 and went on to study at California Lutheran University before his life was cut short by the gunman. He was a bouncer at Borderline Bar & Grill and was attempting to break windows and help others escape when he was shot and killed. Meek worked at the bar for about a year, according to friends and family.
Friends and loved ones reached out on Twitter, asking desperately for news of Meek, who was still missing shortly after the gunman opened fire at the bar.
If you find Justin Meek or hear he’s ok please let everyone know. He’s still missing.
— Frankie Manes (@frankiemanes) November 8, 2018
When the news broke that Meek was among the victims of the shooting, tributes started pouring in, honoring Meek as a hero who “acted as a barricade and saved dozens of lives.”
“RIP Justin Meek. You’re the embodiment of the word ‘Hero,’” one person wrote on Twitter. Another wrote: “Unbelievable. Rest in peace Justin Meek. You are a hero and will never ever be forgotten.”
Unbelievable. Rest in peace Justin Meek. You are a hero and will never ever be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/Nftd1rA7u0
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