Filipina boss witnessed employees killed, hurt in San Bernardino shooting

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Balitang America has confirmed that there was at least one Filipino who witnessed the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which left 14 people dead and 21 injured.

Almost all of these people worked under Filipina Trudy Raymundo, a director of the county’s Public Health Department.  She was at the party held at the Inland Regional Center when the attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire.

During a press briefing Monday morning, Raymundo expressed, “”I want to ask the community to mourn with us to come together and mourn with us the loss of our colleagues of our friends of our families and our loved ones. I ask that you come together and hold each other strong because it is this strength that will help us heal and I want you to everyday be grateful for those of us that were spared and those that our still with us today.”

The male shooter, Farook, also worked under Raymundo.

Five days after the mass shooting, some of the San Bernardino County employees returned to work on Monday.

Robert Lovingood of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors said, “As we move forward this next week, you will see increased security at all of our facilities, reassuring those that are going to continue on providing services to our constituents and citizens as they need to.  That will not halt us, that will not slow us down. ”

“We are strong, we are a family. we held each other and we protected each other through this horrific event and we will continue to hold each other and protect each other through what will be unmanageable weeks and months ahead,” added Raymundo.

Meantime, in Riverside, California over the weekend, FBI agents raided a home with a car outside with a license plate “Pinnay”, belonging to a friend of the male shooter, Farook.

Enrique Marquez, Jr. is believed to have purchased two of the guns used in the shooting.  The FBI said Marquez is not considered a suspect in the shooting.

Authorities are investigating the shootings as an act of terrorism.  They are now looking into how Malik passed two rounds of criminal and national security background checks as she obtained a fiancée visa and later a green card by marrying Farook, a U.S. citizen.

The fact that Malik came to the United States legally has increased concerns about security reviews in the immigration system. Some GOP senators have called on the Obama administration to provide them with a detailed report on the immigration history of Malik.  The Obama administration has admitted that the vetting process for the fiancée visa is not that strict.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    8 December 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    ENRIQUE MARQUEZ JR, use common sense,you purchased two of the guns that kills 14 American and wounded many.FBI said you are not a suspect, maybe in the terrorism case, but in the criminalor murder case, you are an accessory into the crime. Get ready, choose jail time or deportation.

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