So, so sad. A father of six, Michael Wetzel, was one of the 14 individuals killed in the horrific massacre in San Bernardino. Here, we honor Michael.
Fourteen people were brutally slaughtered in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, one of whom was Michael Wetzel. Michael, whose exact age is not known, is survived by his wife, Renee Wetzel, and his six children, the youngest of whom is just a baby. When Renee heard about the shooting, she made a desperate, public plea for prayers, before she learned of her husband’s devastating fate.
Michael served as a supervising environmental health specialist within the county of San Bernardino. He was attending a meeting at the Inland Regional Center, when he was senselessly slain.
Shortly after news of the shooting broke, Renee wrote to the website, YouCaring, asking for prayers. “Please pray,” she said. “My husband was in a meeting and a shooter came in. There are multiple people dead/shot. I can’t get a hold of him.”
Sadly, eight hours later (surely the worst of Renee’s life), Michael was confirmed as one of the 14 dead. The website which Renee pleaded with has now set up a crowdsourced fundraiser for she and her family. The site urges those touched by the story to “Help us help them,” and features a heartbreaking photo of the family.
Michael stands proudly next to Renee, as they are surrounded by their children. The oldest son, who appears to be a teenager, holds the youngest, who is just a baby, in his arms. The other four children smile lovingly with their arms wrapped around one another.
Touched by the massive response to the crowdfunding, Renee issued a statement of gratitude. You can read it below:
“Michael was the most amazing person. He was my best friend and an incredible father who was loved by all. I Didn’t know a better person. He loved his work and his family so very much. Without him, this family will never be the same. We appreciate all the love and support that everyone is showing. We ask that our privacy be respected during this terrible time. Thank you.”
If you want to donate to Michael’s surviving family members, you can do so HERE.