President, First Lady to Meet With San Bernardino Families

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President Obama arriving on Air Force One. File photo by Chris Stone

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will meet privately Friday with relatives of victims killed in the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

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Syed Farook, an American citizen, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, a permanent resident, massacred 14 people with assault rifles during the center’s holiday party on Dec. 2.

The Obamas are scheduled to arrive in San Bernardino at 7:40 p.m. and remain there for about two hours before continuing on to Hawaii, where the family will spend the Christmas holiday.

The White House released few details about the visit, but the Obamas planned to depart from the South Lawn of the White House and land at the San Bernardino International Airport.

The visit comes one day after the man accused of buying the rifles used in the shooting was charged with a trio of federal crimes. Enrique Marquez Jr., 24, a former neighbor of Farook, was arrested Thursday and charged with providing material support to terrorists, making false statements in the acquisition of firearms and fraudulent procurement of an immigration visa.

Killed in the Dec. 2 shooting were: Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles, 45; Tin Nguyen, 31, of Santa Ana; Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley; Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana; Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto; Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside; Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa; Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto; Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland; Juan Espinoza, 50, of Highland; Larry Kaufman, 42, of Rialto; Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton; and Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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