Remembering San Bernardino one year later

SAN BERNARDINO (KUSI) — It’s been exactly one year since the deadly terrorist shooting in San Bernardino that claimed the lives of 14 people, and injured at least 21 others and people across California gathered Friday to remember those lost in the horrific attack.

According to the Los Angeles Times, members of law enforcement and supporters met at the San Bernardino Police Department headquarters Friday morning for a 14-mile bike ride, each mile representing a victim of the attack.

“We’re here to remember those who lost their lives and remember those who were injured,” said San Bernardino police Sgt. Emil Kokesh, who was among the first responders on Dec. 2, 2015.

“It was one of the most tragic things our department has ever had to respond to,” he said. “It’s something that the first responders who were there … are never going to forget.”

According to the LA Times, the city of San Bernardino sponsored a "Night of Remembrance” at 6:30 p.m. at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena.

“Our community continues to stand together united in solidarity and support for the victims, survivors, and families of those affected by the December 2nd terrorist attack,” Mayor R. Carey Davis said in a statement.

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The White House released the following statement regarding the shooting a year later.

"One year ago today, the people of San Bernardino endured the horror of a terrorist attack whose reverberations touched all of America.  The 14 innocent men and women who were taken from us that day had come together to celebrate the holidays and represented the best of our country. Their paths to the Inland Regional Center—whose mission is to serve fellow members of the community — varied. Some of the victims were just beginning careers of service, while others had devoted decades to those around them. The brutality of the attack’s perpetrators could not have been in starker contrast to the selflessness and generosity that characterized those taken from us. 
 
In the year since this tragedy, we have mourned those we lost, just as we have continued to confront the violent ideology behind this attack as well as the terrorist groups, including ISIL, that propagate it. As the President told the nation shortly after the attack, “we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history.” Today, as we remember the horror of last December 2, we also recognize our progress in that campaign and the enduring truth of the President’s words."

The shooting on December 2, 2015 took place at Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities during a staff holiday party.

The two suspects, a man and a woman later identified as 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, were later killed during a standoff with police officers after they were found fleeing the scene.

According to CNN, Farook — an American citizen — was an environmental health specialist with the San Bernardino County health department, which was hosting the holiday party. 

The shooters had extensive amounts of ammunition in their home at the time they were killed in a shootout with police.

While no motive has been reached, President Obama suggested that "mixed motives" could have prompted the attack, including possible workplace disputes.

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It was later learned that Syed Rizwan Farook was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism. 

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