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Telemachus ‘Tel’ Orfanos, 27, survived mass shooting in Las Vegas but not one in his hometown Thousand Oaks

Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas a year ago, was again with friends and fans of country music when he was shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday.
In Greek mythology Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope, but Orfanos carried a lighter name – Tel – in his hometown of Thousand Oaks. where he graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and had attended Moorpark College.
His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, gave a heartbreaking interview to KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon, her anguish at another mass shooting, this one taking her oldest child, almost to painful to watch.
“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home,” she said. “He didn’t come home last night.
“And I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts, I want gun control,” Schmidt-Orfanos said, her voice breaking with the rawness of her emotions. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”

“I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!” – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre . @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 8, 2018

Orfanos, 27, reportedly worked at Borderline as well as at Infiniti of Thousand Oaks where he was a concierge and product specialist in the customer relations department.
His Facebook profile listed him as a veteran of the Navy. According to a 2009 article in his hometown newspaper, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, he was also an Eagle Scout. Under a photo of the then-18-year-old Orfanos, the newspaper reported that his Eagle Scout project involved public safety at Thousand Oaks High School, and that he’d earned it as a member of Troop No. 765 of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Another victim previously featured in @TOAcornNews : Here’s Orfanos in 2009 at age 18. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 765 out of Redeemer Lutheran Church pic.twitter.com/IqF9j2AtEz
— Kyle Jorrey (@KyleBJorrey) November 8, 2018

As word of his death spread friends on social media paid tribute to the friendly, gentle, bearded young man they knew.
“Can’t believe you’re gone, Tel,” wrote Zoe Romney on a photo of her with Orfanos. “I’m gonna miss you always picking on me and trying to make me laugh when I’m feeling down.”

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