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Victims Killed in San Bernardino Shooting ID’d

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (CN) - (CN) - At 11 a.m. Wednesday morning they were just 14 of the 75 to 80 San Bernardino County employees who attended a morning training program that was transitioning into luncheon and holiday party.

Friday morning, the San Bernardino Coroner's Department identified them as the victims of the bloody rampage carried out at the Inland Regional Center by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.

The victim's identities were released just as the Justice Department revealed the FBI's Counter Terrorism Task Force is engaged in the investigation.

Investigators continue to focus on Farook's possible terrorist ties, the latest word being that he is now known to have interacted with Islamic extremists through social media. They also indicated the Malik underwent an extensive review before she was granted a visa and that she was not on any terrorist watch lists at the time this week's mass shooting.

As for the couple's victims, those who died ranged in age from 20 to 60, and 12 were employed by the county, including one who worked directly with Farook.

Of the 21 who were injured, 18 were employees of San Bernardino County.

"This shooting has caused each victim's family, friends and co-workers, along with the first responders, to suffer an enormous personal tragedy," Sheriff John McMahon said. "We must stand strong and offer support to each individual affected by this senseless attack."

Those killed in the shooting are: Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto; Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto; Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana; Larry Kaufman, 42, of Rialto; Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland; Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana; Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley; Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa; Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton; Tin Nguyen, 31, of Santa Ana; Juan Espinoza, 50, of Highland; Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside; and Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead.

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