Father of Thousand Oaks Shooting Victim Says Last Words to Son Were ‘I Love You’

Jason Coffman, the father of one of the victims of the Thousand Oaks massacre that left 12 victims dead, shared the horror of losing his son in an interview with NBC4. “I was woken up at my house by some knocking on my door. Some girls that were there said there was a mass shooting at Borderline where my son was and he didn’t come out,” Coffman said, speaking at the family unification center while waiting for news. At about 10 a.m. PT, Coffman received confirmation that his 22-year-old son, Cody, was one of the victims. Cody was preparing to enlist in the military, the grieving dad said. “I’m gonna cry,” he said. “It’s tough to know that there’s people out there that are here to ruin others families, ruin lives.” He told reporters that Cody left “a legacy of love (and) laughter.” He later told another outlet that his last words to his son had been “I love you.” California Lutheran University has also confirmed that 23-year-old Justin Meek, a recent graduate, was among those killed in the shooting, according to KQED.