Local Hero, Marine Daniel Manrique, Among Those Lost In Mass Shooting
"His life was about going above and beyond."
On November 7th, Daniel Manrique was one of 12 people shot and killed at Borderline Bar & Grill, a local Western bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, after he ran in to help. The shooter was a fellow Marine and Afghan war veteran.
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Devastated, angry, lost. Last night a gunman opened fire at a bar in my hometown and my brother was a victim of a senseless crime. My brother was a veteran who wanted to help fellow recovering veterans in re-entering society and gave his all to supporting veteran mental health. He ran in to help people escape the violence and ultimately gave his life protecting others. Describing the pain would not do it justice. I'll be remembering a hero, a brother, and a role model. Semper Fidelis
Daniel dedicated his life to service.
The Thousand Oaks native, who is survived by a devastated extended family, started in service young, volunteering with special needs children at his church, before enlisting in the Marines, where he served in Afghanistan with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
After he was discharged in 2010, Daniel joined Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit group that helps veterans stay healthy and connected as they transition back to civilian life.
Daniel was scheduled to complete the last leg of the Old Glory Run, a cross-country flag relay he helped organize through Team RWB in honor of Veteran's Day. The race, which started in Boston, was set to finish this weekend in San Diego on Veteran's Day.
During the race, vets take turns carrying the flag; Daniel was meant to carry the flag into San Diego. Instead, the flag will be presented to his family at a special Veteran's Day event on the USS Midway.
“He was all about giving back to the veterans community and creating that community. He talked a lot about the isolation that veterans feel when they return home...and he just wanted to extend his arm around whoever else felt that.
His life was about going above and beyond. His whole life was based around helping others.”
A spokesperson for Team RWB said, "He touched hundreds of thousands of vets."
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Not only did Daniel, who worked as a home mortgage consultant and financial representative, volunteer with returning vets, he also volunteered at a local church daycare and at a hospital helping the homeless.
Long-time friend and business partner Tim O'Brien described Daniel, "as a saint. He truly believed in service."
The legacy of his service lives on in every life he touched.
“The irony isn't lost on me that just mere hours before Dan was taken from us, he was actually doing something where the Marine who shot all these people and took Dan from us could have benefitted from it.”
Rest in peace and power.
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