Residents of San Bernardino, California, rode bikes, donated blood, and dedicated a Peach Garden to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.
One year ago, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot 36 people attending the San Bernardino County Department of Health holiday party, killing 14 and wounding 22 more.
To remember the victims of that tragic day, more than three dozen bicyclists, mostly police officers, rode 14 miles from the police station to the site of the attack with placards bearing the names and photos of those killed, Reuters reported.
An evening remembrance will be held at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena. Five of the 14 victims were alumni of Cal State.
The town of about 200,000 is still recovering from the shooting and subsequent investigation, which revealed the shooters were ISIS sympathizers who had talked about jihad, according to KTLA. The attackers died in a shootout with police four hours after the massacre.
ABC News reported some of those wounded in the shooting are still struggling to recover a year later. Amanda Gaspard said she still has shrapnel from two bullets in her leg and walks with a cane. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has had trouble getting her medical treatment covered, with worker’s compensation denying her a surgery and other treatment doctors have said she needs. Sally Cardinale had some of her medications suddenly cut off, including anti-depressants that were supposed to be gradually weaned.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors said Monday it will bring in outside claim adjusters to try to resolve some of these denials, ABC News reported.
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