Sean Adler’s sister said that before he was shot dead inside of the Borderline Bar & Grill, he attempted to take down the shooter. Speaking to NBC Los Angeles’ Mekahlo Medina, Valerie Adler said, “Sean tried to disarm [the gunman]. That is typical of Sean. He was a protector, always sticking up for people.” Valerie added that her brother is survived by his wife and two sons. The man who shot and killed 12 people inside of the Thousand Oaks, California, bar has been named as Ian David Long, 29. Long was a former U.S. Marine. He too was found dead at the scene. Authorities believe that Long committed suicide.
Buzzfeed reports that Adler had recently opened a coffee roasting video. His sister told Buzzfeed her brother was a “positive, motivational, and truly wanted to best for the people around him.”
A Twitter post from the Simi High School Wrestling team said that in Adler, “You couldn’t have met a nicer guy.” The team’s coach had previously coached Adler for a different team.
According to his Facebook page, Adler was from and lived in Simi Valley, California.
Adler opened Rivalry Roasters in 2018. A blurb about the business reads in part, “Rivalry Roasters has taken up arms against mediocre drinks, offering a menu of craft coffee, tea, and chai that’s truly second to none. All our products are fair trade and organically grown, meaning they’re not only delicious — they’re sustainably and ethically made, as well.” His sister told NBC Los Angeles’ Jonathan Gonzalez that her brother had been working at Borderline Bar & Grill for extra money. A friend said on Twitter that Adler had been working at the front desk of the bar.
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