SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com/AP) — The San Bernardino offices where a husband and wife killed 14 people a month ago reopen Monday.
Nearly 600 employees of the Inland Regional Center are returning to home base.
It will be an important reunion, even though many of the counselors have since the Dec. 2 massacre visited the homes of clients, who include autistic children and mentally disabled adults.
Leaders of the center say that Monday morning they will gather small groups to let employees discuss their feelings about returning. Then, it’s back to work.
Executive Director Lavinia Johnson says workers tell her they want to return. They miss the center’s community and stability it provides.
While the regional center’s two main buildings will reopen, the conference center where the massacre happened remains closed indefinitely.
Leeza Hoyt, a spokeswoman for the center, told the Los Angeles Times that there will be extra security and guards will be checking the identification of those who enter the facility.
Grief counselors will also be on hand, she said.
The one man allegedly linked to the killers is facing a growing list of criminal charges.
Police say Enrique Marquez Jr. bought two of the guns used in the attack. He was charged in connection with those accusations after the shootings.
Prosecutors have now added charges of making false statements while buying those guns and marriage fraud.
If convicted, Marquez could spend 50 years in federal prison.
Meanwhile, on Sunday the Governor’s office announced that Jerry Brown will attend a private memorial service for the shooting victims Monday afternoon in Ontario. California Attorney General Kamala Harris also announced she would be attending the private memorial open to county employees and invited guests only.
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