Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were

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Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were

A fire ripped through a warehouse in Oakland on Friday night, killing more than 30 people who were there for an electronic music concert. Here are the names of people who have been confirmed dead by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau.

David Cline, 24

Amanda Walker remembers David Cline as a bright, fun-loving student who was at once easygoing and serious.

Walker taught Cline clarinet from  age 8 to 18, when he graduated from high school.

“When you’re teaching that age, kids and young people, it’s so much more than just teaching an instrument,” Walker said. “He would talk to me about things and his goals.”

The teacher said she had a special relationship with Cline and called his death “a really big loss.” She still gets together with Cline’s mother, she said, to get coffee or have breakfast.

She hadn’t seen him for a couple of years but they had stayed in touch – that’s the beauty of Facebook, she said, adding that he did extremely well in school and played volleyball at a championship level.

“He was just really humorous,” she said of her student. “He really enjoyed himself.”

Walker said her “heart hurts” and she “feels very sad” knowing Cline was one of the victims.

“It’s a huge loss and it’s always so tragic,” she said. “This is not the right way around. I don’t expect to be going to a memorial service for one of my former students.”

Sarah Parvini

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Nick Gomez-Hall, 25

Nick Gomez-Hall was a graduate of Coronado High School who worked at Counterpoint Press, a publisher based in Berkeley.

Friends on Facebook called him a “musical loving genius” and brilliant artist, and said his loss was devastating to the many people who knew and loved him.

“Nick made me — and many others — feel a little less alone in some of the most challenging years of our lives,” wrote Nile Cappello. “I hope his family and friends feel a little less alone knowing how much he impacted each and every one of us.”

“Such very sad news about our sweet friend Nick Gomez-Hall,” wrote Stacy Childers. “Nick was one of the most creative souls I know and loved by everyone. Our prayers go out to the entire Gomez family.”

Gomez-Hall’s family could not be reached for comment.

— Lyndsay Winkley

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Sara Hoda, 30

Sara Hoda of Walnut Creek, Calif., was a teacher who enjoyed working with children, loved ones said.

Before Hoda’s identity was released, friend Carol Crewdson realized she’d gone dancing at the warehouse and launched a desperate Facebook search for information on her whereabouts.

Crewdson and Hoda met in 2010 when they started a collective, a place for traveling artists to land and creatives to rest their heads when they couldn’t afford Northern California’s rising rents. They housed around 25 people at a time, sometimes as many as 32.

“Sara was always really active in that process,” Crewdson said. “She was always an active participant. She was unique.”

She said that Hoda worked as a teacher at a Montessori school.

“She was a really sweet person,” Crewdson said. “She gardened and taught children how to garden.”

Sarah Parvini

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Travis Hough, 35

Travis Hough of Oakland was a creative arts therapist for a school in the Bay Area and a member of the band Ghosts of Lightning, according to his manager, Brendan Dreaper.

“He was a super fun person to be around. I never had a bad day being around him,” Dreaper said. “Travis had his heart open to everything and I’m at a loss for what to say.”

Dreaper met Hough through two friends who were also missing after the fire, he said Sunday. The two bonded over their shared history as glass artists. They talked about philosophy, spirituality and music. Together, they produced a podcast in which Hough interviewed people about their creative processes.

“He just was like a bright light for everyone that he ever met,” Dreaper said.

Sonali Kohli

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Donna Kellogg, 32

Ginger Kellogg Jimenez wrote about her sister’s death on Facebook, in a thread of comments on the “Golden Donna 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour” event page.

“This is my sister, and we were notified this morning that her body was found. Prayers for the family will be greatly appreciated,” Kellogg Jimenez wrote late Sunday morning.

Elsewhere on Facebook, Kellogg’s friends remembered her as a “beautiful giggly, wise, person who will be very missed.” For nearly 24 hours, many had posted asking about her whereabouts and wondering whether she was safe. For many, it served as a place to explore their feelings and cope with loss. There was no point in gathering at the scene of the fire, some said — Facebook is where the grieving would take place.

“It is very difficult to write about Donna in the past tense. She is an incredible spirit and soul and I will miss her terribly. Deep condolences to your family, Ginger. Words cannot express how sad and shocked I am by this news,” Amelia Thorne wrote in response to Jimenez’s post.

“I’m so sorry,” Stefanie Kalem followed.

“I’m out of words. Drained,” Gregory Scharpen said. “I truly feel for you and the family; everything I type seems so inadequate.”

Kellogg of Oakland was reportedly on the second floor of the warehouse when the flames erupted. Her family did not return calls for comment.

Sarah Parvini

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Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32

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UPDATES:

9:10 p.m.: This article was updated to revise David Cline’s age and include comments from his former teacher, as well as social media postings from friends of Nick Gomez-Hall.

8:05 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from a friend of Sara Hoda.

7:25 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from friends of Cash Askew and Travis Hough.

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