Fellow Conservative Friend Michael Thalasinos Was Targeted In The San Bernardino Attack!
RIP. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
One of the victims in the San Bernardino massacre is a former New Jersey man who verbally sparred about Israel two weeks ago with a man whom police have identified as one of the shooters, a friend of the victim said Thursday in a telephone interview.
Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, a health inspector who moved from Cape May County 13 years ago, enjoyed arguing about politics with his co-workers, the friend, Kuuleme Stephens, said.
Stephens, who lives in Arizona, said she called Thalasinos on his cellphone two weeks ago as he argued with a co-worker whom he identified as Syed Farook. Authorities have said a man named Syed Rizwan Farook, who worked at the San Bernardino County Health Department with Thalasinos and other victims, was a gunman in Wednesday’s massacre, along with his wife. They killed 14 people, including Thalasinos, at a holiday party for health workers, authorities said.
Stephens said that she heard Farook over the phone talking loudly two weeks ago, but that the tone of the argument seemed passionate rather than threatening. “I can’t get anywhere with him,” Thalasinos said, according to Stephens.
The day before the shooting, Thalasinos, an outspoken conservative and strong proponent of Israel, had posted on his Facebook page that he received a threatening message from someone purporting to be from Ukraine and whose Facebook page included a photo of a man holding a gun and pointing it into the air. The message said, according to his post, that “you will die and never see Israel as country believe me never.” Thalasinos wrote that the sender appeared to believe he is Jewish.
“A great compliment,” Thalasinos wrote.
Stephens said that Thalasinos was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church but had recently converted to become a Messianic Jew, a form of Christianity that includes elements of Judaism. His wife, Jennifer, a schoolteacher, told the Los Angeles Times that she shared her husband’s religion and that he wore a tie clip with the Star of David on it. More