A year ago, Telemachus Orfanos and his friends were at a country music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman became firing down at the crowd from his hotel bedroom. While Orfanos luckily managed to escape the tragedy in Las Vegas, he was not so fortunate when he found himself in the same situation at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday.
Orfanos, who went by Tel, was in his hometown where he graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and had attended Moorpark College.
Much like his experience in Las Vegas, shots rang out while he and his friends enjoyed a special night devoted to country music fans. His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, spoke with KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon and emotionally recalled learning of her 27-year-old son’s death.
“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 added. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”
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.