Victim in San Bernardino shooting, Nicholas Thalasinos, had NJ ties

Victim in San Bernardino shooting, Nicholas Thalasinos, moved out of Cape May County 13 years ago.

Victim in San Bernardino shooting, Nicholas Thalasinos, moved out of Cape May County 13 years ago. (12/4/15)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - One of the victims killed in a mass shooting in California has ties to New Jersey.

Nicholas Thalasinos was one of 14 people killed in San Bernardino, California Wednesday after a husband and wife shot up a social service center for the disabled.

Thalasinos was a health inspector who moved out of Cape May County 13 years ago. Family members say they were shocked to hear the news.

“I came home and saw [the attack] on the news,” says son Jacob. “I figured [my dad] must be fine. I love my father. I always will.”

According to reports, Thalasinos knew his alleged attacker and frequently debated with him on religion and politics; however the two were not enemies.

Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik are accused in the plot. They were killed after a shootout with police. Authorities say Farook may have been in contact with known extremists, but law enforcement officials are still looking into the motive for the attack.

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