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Public celebration of life planned for Santa Barbara man killed in Thousand Oaks shooting


A celebration of life for Marky Meza Jr. will be held on Sunday Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara. The public is invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations for the “Mark (Marky) Meza Junior Foundation”. Donations can be sent to the Chase Bank on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara.

The Meza family shared the following statement:

Marky was taken from this world too soon in this tragedy as he would have turned 21 on November 19, 2018. We are so lucky to have had Marky in our lives. He had the biggest heart and deepest soul. Marky was a genuine light everywhere he went and wanted nothing more than to make people happy and bring smiles to everyone around him. He obtained so much joy and energy from being around people that loved him, just like we got from being in his presence. He would have gone to the end of the world for his family and friends. He was generous to a fault, not only with his time, but with his empathy. If Marky wasn’t senselessly taken from us, we would be turning to him now for comfort during this unbelievably difficult time. Marky leaves behind many family and friends including his parents, two sisters Ari and Gemma and little brother, Jaylen. Marky’s family and friends ask for privacy from the media during this difficult time and they are so grateful to connect with all the people that knew and loved Marky as they grieve Marky’s loss.


NewsChannel 3 has confirmed the identity of one of the victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Marky Meza Jr. was working as a busboy and food runner at the Borderline Bar and Grill when he was shot and killed.

He grew up in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria and graduated from Carpinteria High School.

Marky was 20-years-old.

The family released this statement:

“Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition. His family is devastated by his loss. Marky would have turned 21 on November 19. His family asks for peace and respect at this time to allow them to grieve privately.”

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