The Latest: Mother of gun buyer says he's a good person

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 7:11 PM
The Latest: Mother of gun buyer says he's a good person

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the shootings in San Bernardino, California (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The tearful mother of a man who authorities say bought some of the guns used in the San Bernardino shooting said her son is a good person.

Armida Chacon talked to reporters outside her home in Riverside on Thursday as she cleaned up damage from a weekend FBI raid.

Authorities say her son, Enrique Marquez, who was related through marriage to shooter Syed Farook, may have planned a previous attack with Farook. Marquez hasn't been charged with a crime.

Chacon says she hasn't seen her son in the week since Farook and his wife killed 14 people. She says Marquez is a good person who helped her with his brothers.

Chacon says her "world is upside-down." The Los Angeles Times reports that she cried throughout the 10 minutes she talked to reporters, saying, "I want this to stop," before returning to the house.

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4 p.m.

Hundreds have gathered beneath an overcast sky to remember 27-year-old Yvette Velasco in the first funeral for a victim of the San Bernardino shooting.

Family and colleagues on Thursday remembered Velasco's bright smile, early wisdom and determination to succeed in her career. She was the youngest of four sisters and worked for the San Bernardino Department of Public Health.

On the day of the shooting, she was expecting to receive a gold badge officially recognizing her as an environmental health specialist for the department.

The ceremony marked the start of a grim procession expected to take place throughout Southern California over the next week: about a dozen memorials, funerals and burials for the 14 people killed in the attack on Dec. 2.

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3:45 p.m.

The FBI says divers are searching a small lake in a San Bernardino park because leads indicate the shooters who killed 14 people at a holiday party had been in the area.

David Bowdich, chief of the FBI's Los Angeles office, says Thursday's search of Seccombe Lake Park could take days. He declined to say what the bureau is looking for or to disclose new information on the investigation.

The lake is 3 miles north of the scene of last week's shooting.

Authorities say Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on his fellow San Bernardino County health inspectors. The couple died hours later in a police shootout.

The FBI has interviewed hundreds of people and conducted searches looking for evidence. Bowdich says it's possible the agency will do neighborhood canvasses in the future, too.

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1:55 p.m.

A law enforcement official says an FBI dive team is searching a small San Bernardino lake as part of an investigation into the massacre that killed 14 people.

The official has been briefed on the investigation but isn't authorized to speak publicly.

The dive team is searching Seccombe Lake Park on Thursday. The small lake is in an urban park about 3 miles north of the Inland Regional Center, the site of the Dec. 2 shooting.

It's unclear what the team is looking for.

Authorities say Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, ambushed his fellow San Bernardino County health inspectors at a holiday party. The couple died hours later in a police shootout.

Since the shooting, the FBI has interviewed hundreds of people and conducted searches in the area looking for evidence.

— From Associated Press writer Tami Abdollah in Washington, D.C.

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1:25 p.m.

A dive team with the FBI is searching a small San Bernardino lake near the scene of the massacre that killed 14 people.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the team is searching Seccombe Lake Park, which looks more like the size of a pond. It's unclear what the team was looking for.

The small lake is about 3 miles north of the Inland Regional Center, the site of the Dec. 2 shooting.

Authorities say Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, ambushed his fellow San Bernardino County health inspectors at a holiday party. The couple died hours later in a police shootout.

Since the shooting, the FBI has conducted hundreds of interviews and searched many properties in the area looking for evidence in the massive case.