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14 victims of San Bernardino massacre identified

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 2:40 PM

FBMD01000a9e0d000012420000de940000bd9f000094b300002de800002a650100f36f01007d8001000d96010067610200Renee Wetzel via Facebook

Michael Wetzel, pictured with wife Renee, was shot and killed in the San Bernardino mass shooting.

A cousin of a New York Giants player and a 37-year-old county health worker with six children were among the 14 people slaughtered inside a California social services facility, relatives said Thursday.

Giants safety Nat Behre tweeted that he lost his cousin in Wednesday’s rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Giants safety Nat Behre tweeted that he lost his cousin in Wednesday’s rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

“Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I’m so sick right now,” tweeted Behre, who has been on injured reserve all season.

Behre didn’t identify his cousin by name, but he railed against the recent spate of mass shootings.

“We have to stop this senseless violence,” he tweeted.

FULL DAILY NEWS COVERAGE OF THE SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING

The names of the dead trickled out slowly a day after the bloody rampage carried out by heavily armed couple Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.

Michael Wetzel, a supervising environmental health specialist, was also gunned down in the attack on a county health department’s holiday party.

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Giants safety Nat Behre tweeted that he lost his cousin in Wednesday’s rampage.

His wife, Renee, sent a frantic message to friends in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting.

“Please pray. My husband was in a meeting and a shooter came in,” it read, according to a YouCaring page seeking to raise money for his family.

“There are multiple people dead/shot. I can’t get a hold of him.”

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Nicholas Thalasinos who was killed in the San Bernadino mass murderNicholas Thalasinos via Facebook

Another victim is Nicholas Thalasinos, 52.

About eight hours later, Renee Wexler found out that her husband had been killed.

“When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I,” read a Bible quote Renee Wetzel posted on her Facebook page.

Wetzel’s ex-wife, with whom he had three children, posted a wrenching message online.

“The hardest worst day of my life is upon me today,” Amy Wetzel wrote on Facebook. “My heart is broken. Suddenly our entire world has shifted. I have to tell my babies that there (sic) dad is no longer here.”

“I pray you didn’t suffer. I pray through all our differences you know at one point how much loved you,” Amy Wetzel added. “You are the father to our the beauty angels who loved you. RIP Michael our world will never be the same without you.”

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Another victim Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, was “an awesome man of God,” pastor Vincent Armijo, of the Shiloh Messianic Congregation, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Thalasinos worked as a health inspector in Cape May county New Jersey for 10 years before moving to California.

FBMD01000ac00300000b1f00002c4c0000d25100001c5900004877000033c0000059c60000bdcf0000e3d90000bb510100Renee Wetzel via Facebook

Renee sent a frantic message to friends in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting, and eight hours later discovered her husband had been killed.

Thalasinos was mourned by dozens of friends on Facebook where he frequently posted messages supporting Israel and sparred with anti-Semites.

In his last post, he described a venomous message sent by a user named Med Ali Zarouk. “You will never sucsseed (sic) to make a country for jews,” it read. “Soon you’ll get your ass kicked, you will die and never see Israel as country belive (sic) me never.”

Thalasinos mocked the commenter.

“Besides his SPARKLING SPELLING SKILLS and FLAWLESS GRAMMAR he seems to forget ISRAEL IS ALREADY A COUNTRY!” he wrote.

“He ALSO assumes I’m a JEW – a great Compliment, I should keep him around for that reason alone!

“Anyway my new hobby appears to be BLOCKING PAGAN ANTISEMITIC TROGLODYTES so I’m just passing this along to warn others.”

Also Thursday, a survivor of the San Bernardino slaughter broke down sobbing as she described being in the dark over how many of her colleagues were slain.

“I’ve lost so many friends and co-workers,” a bawling Leilah Kelsey, a supervisor at the San Bernardino County Health Department, told the Daily News.

“We don’t know who’s all gone yet. We don’t have all the names yet. There’s so many people unaccounted for.”

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