The Latest: California shooting victim mourned

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Posted: Dec 12, 2015 1:19 PM

JESUP, Georgia (AP) — Here is the latest from the funeral of a victim of the San Bernardino, California, shooting attack earlier this month. All times local:

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12:20 p.m.

The man credited with saving a co-worker's life before he was killed in the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California, is being remembered as someone who was as fearless as he was kind.

About 200 family members and friends Saturday filed into Calvary Baptist Church in rural southeast Georgia for the funeral of 45-year-old Shannon Johnson.

The Rev. Ed Bacon, a relative of the family, said Johnson's decision to shield a colleague from the gunfire with his own body showed that "no one has greater love than this — to give your life for your friends."

Johnson's older brother, Rob Johnson, told reporters before the service: "Shannon's fearless."

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11:35 a.m.

Family and friends of Shannon Johnson have gathered at a church in rural Georgia to remember the 45-year-old man credited with saving the life of a co-worker during the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California, earlier this month.

Johnson was sitting next to co-worker Denise Peraza at a holiday luncheon for San Bernardino County environmental health employees on Dec. 2 when a pair of attackers with assault rifles began spraying bullets.

Peraza has said Johnson shielded her from the hail of bullets and saved her life. She was shot in the back but survived.

A funeral for Johnson was to get underway at Calvary Baptist Church in the rural southeast town of Jesup on Saturday morning.

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