The boyfriend of one of the victims of the massacre at a San Bernardino, Calif., social services center has shared memories of his loved one and how he learned the awful news with out journalists Don Lemon and Thomas Roberts.
“They happened to be there, finishing up with me, when I got the telephone call from Daniel’s aunt that the coroner’s office was there. She let me know he was positively identified at the scene,” said Reyes. “I immediately broke down and went into hysterics. They just happened to be there at the right time.”
Lemon asked Reyes to share with viewers about the last time he saw his boyfriend, driving him to work as he always did.
“That was one of his excuses for not learning how to drive,” Reyes said with a laugh. He remembered telling Kaufman, “We live 10 minutes from each other, we will still see each other.’But he was like, ‘No, no, I like it this way.’”
Upon learning of the shooting, Reyes called and texted Kaufman to no avail. He phoned his boyfriend’s employer, who told him of something that may have placed Kaufman right in the line of fire.
“Daniel was apparently on his lunch when it had begun, which had me even more worried because Daniel was a smoker and he spends his lunch at the building, and he would have been outside smoking.”
Speaking to Roberts, Reyes shared more memories and warned against letting the attack be an excuse for anti-Muslim sentiments.
Watch both interviews below.