Noel Colette Sparks loved country music. And a favorite venue to hear country, and do a little line-dancing, was Country Night at the Borderline Bar & Grill. Noel’s Facebook is filled with posts inviting friends to join her there. She’d attended the Halloween event.
But she loved house and electronic dance music too. In fact, it seems that Noel adored dancing.
Noel played the cello, was a devout Christian, an animal lover, and a likely inspiration to others given her proclivity for sharing mostly inspirational posts on her social networking sites.
She was just 21 when she was gunned down in the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks just before midnight Wednesday. She celebrated her 21st birthday just two months ago.
Her mother Wendy Anderson’s first-ever Facebook post honored her daughter’s 1997 birth.
Suspect Ian David Long, 28, is alleged to have killed 12 people, many college-age, in the attack on the bar he himself frequented. Police have not identified a motive. Long, who lived with his mother Colleen Long, was a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and was reported to have had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s reported after his assault on the bar filled with teens, he turned his legally obtained .45-caliber Glock on himself.
Noel did not survive his alleged carnage.
Here’s what you need to know about Noel:
Noel Was Born & Raised in Thousand Oaks & Was a Student at Moorpark College
A former elementary school teacher recalled Noel as an “angel.”
“It is with a heavy heart tonight that I have learned of Noel’s passing. I was her teacher at Ladera Elementary School. She was always an angel in class, to her classmates and her family. Noel and I spent much time together reading and doing math. She is a beautiful girl and with wonderful soul. You and your family are always with me. I shall pray for you and your family every day. Love you! XO,” posted Anne Hendrix Oppenheim.
Noel was a student at Moorpark College. Thursday Andrew Lopez, President of Moorpark College Associated Students issued a statement.
“My heart goes out to all the victims and their loved ones. I hear about these sort of tragedies on the news but I never imagined one to happen in our community. It is an extremely hard time for everyone and we feel a sense of helplessness on campus. I think this vigil is very important to not only honor and remember the victims and heroes of the Borderline shooting, but also to bring people together in this troubling time,” Lopez said.
Noel Loved Music, Especially Country, & Was a Cellist for the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra
Noel very often shared news about concerts she would attend, clubs she’s visit and often, updates about ‘Country Night’ at Borderline. She posted that she’d be gong to the Halloween hoedown at Borderline. Following the mass shooting mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on …read more