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Remembering the victims of the Borderline mass shooting 1 year later

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A vigil for the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill held on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Thursday marks one year since the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, and a special memorial ceremony took place to honor the 12 people who were killed.

The city dedicated a healing garden Thursday for the victims of the mass shooting. A public ceremony took place. at Conejo Creek North Park, located just off the 23 freeway. The spot was chosen specifically because it's a central location in Thousand Oaks, and one of the city's most popular parks.

The healing garden features 12 large natural granite stone slab benches for the 12 people who were killed. There are also 12 water jets in the park's pond.

The garden also features a plaque which says in part, "The strongest oaks have the deepest roots. This healing garden was created in tribute to the people of Thousand Oaks and the spirit they showed in the aftermath of the tragic events of November 7, 2018. May it serve as a place of refuge, solace, and reflection for generations to come." The plaque then lists the names of the 12 people who died.

The mass shooting happened shortly after 11 p.m. on November 7, 2018.

Borderline was hosting college country night when a gunman opened fire and later killed himself. Students from all over the area were at the popular bar to enjoy music and line dancing. Many of the victims were college students.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus was one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive at the scene and was killed by friendly fire. A portion of Highway 101 was named in his memory Wednesday.

Investigators say there is still no definitive motive in the mass shooting.

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