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Man who helped Borderline patrons escape taking pictures dies in motorbike crash

A Thousand Oaks man who helped save lives within the metropolis’s 2018 Borderline Bar & Grill mass taking pictures has died in a motorbike crash on Saturday.

Matt Wennerstrom was honored at a memorial gathering in the neighborhood Monday evening.

His grandfather, Richard Matthews, stated Wennerstrom was just a few miles from their dwelling when he died.

“It simply shocked the (expletive) out of us when it occurred. I assumed my spouse was going to have a coronary heart assault,” he stated. “We miss him.”

Renee Matthews, who wore her grandson’s brown work jacket together with his title on it, stated his love of vehicles and bikes got here from her husband. Wennerstrom’s canine, Ripley, sat close by,

“His grandfather was his caregiver for a few years when he was a bit of one and he took him in every single place with him on the street rods,” she stated. “That is what his grandfather did. Numerous shopping for and promoting.”

Wennerstrom labored at Calamigos Visitor Ranch and Seashore Membership taking images and doing advertising and marketing for the Malibu enterprise, members of the family stated.

Jonathan Swartz, 23, of Newbury Park takes a photograph on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 of a memorial following the dying of Matt Wennerstrom.

Greater than 300 folks gathered outdoors on loads at 1475 Lawrence Drive to mourn the 24-year-old’s dying. Some arrived in massive vans, bikes, scorching rods adorned with American flags.

Jonathan Swartz, 23, of Newbury Park stated Wennerstrom was a buddy who at all times pushed him to do higher and work tougher. Swartz stated his buddy’s actions throughout the Borderline taking pictures confirmed the impression he had on folks.

“It is loopy how a lot he actually touched folks’s lives, Swartz stated, “I hope we will all take one thing out of that and provides that again to everybody else. Supporting one another and letting one another know we’re not alone. Matt won’t ever be forgotten.”

A memorial gathering following the death of Matt Wennerstrom on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 drew hundreds of people.

A memorial gathering following the dying of Matt Wennerstrom on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 drew a whole bunch of individuals.

Wennerstrom was on his motorbike round 6:20 p.m. Saturday touring eastbound on Lynn Highway when he collided with an SUV automobile at East Kelley Highway, based on the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace.

One among his pals, Deanna Studley, 24, of Thousand Oaks, stated he was a sweetheart.

“He was well-known for using his bike, well-known for off-roading, he was at all times such an journey seeker,” she stated. “He was at all times the lifetime of the social gathering.”

Studley, who stated she knew him since kindergarten, stated Wennrstrom was an actual hero within the Borderline taking pictures.

“He put his life on the road to save lots of as many individuals as potential. I’ve by no means met somebody as selfless as him,” she stated.

Kathy Dunham of Newbury Park misplaced her son, Jake Dunham, within the bloodbath and stated she and her husband empathized with the lack of Wennerstrom.

“It’s totally unhappy,” Dunham stated.

In 2018, Wennerstrom was contained in the nation music bar when a gunman opened fireplace, killing 12 and injuring dozens. He helped survivors escape.

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Wennerstrom, then 20, continuously visited the bar with pals. That evening the bar hosted faculty evening.

He instructed The Star he heard a loud sound and noticed the gunman shoot at staff working the entrance desk.

“At that time, I grabbed as many individuals round me as I may and grabbed them down underneath the pool desk we had been closest to till he ran out of bullets for that journal and needed to reload,” Wennerstrom stated on the time.

Afterward, he and others then threw barstools by means of home windows to esacpe.

Wes Woods II covers West County for the Ventura County Star. Attain him at [email protected], 805-437-0262 or @JournoWes.

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