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Thank you for remembering the innocent lives lost 5 years ago tonight in the massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. A gunman entered the crowded dance club during college night and opened fire, resulting in the death of 12 individuals.

KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade is live in Thousand Oaks, where friends and family of the victims are honoring their memory. Today’s focus on the 5-year anniversary is centered on healing and resilience. Many lives were forever changed during the Borderline Bar massacre that claimed 12 innocent lives. For the friends and family of the victims, the pain continues.

Dozens gathered at the Healing Garden in Canaille Creek North to mark the anniversary and pay tribute to those lost. Today is about more than just remembering that awful night; it’s about respect and renewal.

In 2018, many victims were enjoying a country-western-themed college night when a Marine combat veteran entered the bar and opened fire before taking his own life. Among the victims was Sergeant Ron Helus, who was accidentally shot by a fellow officer as they responded to the mass shooting.

During the gathering today, 12 candles were lit, one for each of the Borderline 12, in addition to emotional tributes and prayers for healing and action. It serves as a reminder to strive to be the change we wish to see in the world..

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