A father in anguish tearfully addressed reporters after learning his son, Cody Coffman, was one of the 12 killed in the Thousand Oaks mass shooting.

While standing in front of the news cameras, Jason Coffman wept, shook, and was unable to get out his last words to his firstborn son. The father fought back tears after learning the 22-year-old was murdered inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California.

Yet, he managed to mutter the words:

“Son, I love you so much.”

As previously reported by Dearly, Coffman is one of the several family members searching for loved ones after a gunman opened fire during college night at the western-themed bar.

According to  NBC Los Angeles, hoping his son was still alive, Jason shared a picture of Cody on the news this morning.

Screenshot/NBC Los Angeles

CNN reports that he last spoke to the boy right before he went to the bar and grill last night. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jason said:

“This is going to be an absolute wrenching time for me and my family.”

Watch the heart-wrenching video below:

The grieving father expressed an inexhaustible amount of pain during a  press conference, adding that his son was so excited to meet his unborn baby sister, who is supposed to make her arrival at the end of November.

Screenshot/NBC Los Angeles

The father said before calling his son the older brother his siblings needed:

 “This is so hard.

You know that I’ve been here fighting for him all morning long.”

Hours after the gunman opened fire into the crowded bar, some family and friends still haven’t heard from loved ones.

The Thousand Oaks community has started a Conejo Valley Victims Fund to aid the victims of the tragedy, reports Washington Post.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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