Greek American Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, was among 14 victims of the fatal terrorist shooting on December 2 in San Bernardino, California, the Greek Reporter website reports today (December 4, 2015).
Thalasinos was working with shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook at the San Bernardino County Health Department's environmental services division, his wife Jennifer said. She added that her husband and Farook got along well together, and that Farook did not appear to have any hostility toward co-workers.
"Thalasinos was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church who recently converted to Messianic Judaism and was a strong proponent of Israel, and pro-everything American," according to Kuuleme Stephens, a friend of the Greek American.
Messianic Judaism is a religion that refers to Jews who accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. They seek to retain their Jewish heritage and follow a Jewish lifestyle, while at the same time embracing Christian theology. Most of them believe that Jesus' apostles were the first Jews to accept Him as Messiah.