SAN BERNARDINO – Terrorists don’t ask for passports when they take people down the road to mayhem. Every nationality, and religion – Moslems died on 9/11 too, has representatives among their potential victims, and as on 9/11, the Greek-American community was not untouched by the horror of the San Bernardino horror.
Nicholas Thalasinos, a 52-year-old Colton resident was among the 14 victims killed in the California shooting rampage, according to a Facebook post by his wife.
“My husband, Nicholas Thalasinos, was killed in the shooting,” wrote Jennifer Thalasinos, a second-grade teacher for Colton Joint Unified School District, early Thursday. She posted a photo of them with their arms around each other.
Just four days earlier, Nicholas Thalasinos had phoned a friend to tell him he was feeling OK after having a growth removed from his head.
“He had just healed from one thing and then this happened,” said Ed Beck, whose wife once worked with Thalasinos for the Cape May County Department of Health in New Jersey.
He has many relatives in the New York area.
Thalasinos had worked as a health inspector and took a similar job in California about a decade ago after meeting Jennifer, Beck said.
The formal identification and announcement of the names of the victims is taking place at a slow pace as officials await confirmation by the victims’ relatives.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the day before the shootings, Thalasinos had posted about a threat he had received that included the words “you will die and never see Israel.”
Authorities have not released any motive for the shooting, or suggested an intended target. Thalasinos was a Messianic Jew and posted frequently about Israel and politics. His posts included several that compared Muslims to Nazis.
The National Herald is actively seeking additional information about the people who perished and were injured on December 2.