Father of San Bernardino victim reopens bakery in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) -- Many community members showed up to support a family owned store in Victorville on Monday, which opened its doors for the first time since the owner's son was wounded in the San Bernardino terror attack.

For five years, high desert pastry lovers have lined up at M Cupcakes N Pastries in Victorville.

On Monday, however, people did not just show up for the delicious treats - they showed to show support.

One of the workers at the bakery, 28-year old Larry Venoya, was a victim in the San Bernardino massacre. He was shot in the leg.

Venoya's father and the store's owner said even though his son survived the shooting, the past month has been excruciating.

The decision was made to close the store to concentrate on helping his son.

"He's doing alright. His spirits are up. He's always thinking positive. He just doesn't know who to blame," said Hilario Venoya, his father.

The day arrived when the family had to move forward and reopen their doors to not only countless sweet toothes but throngs of supporters.

"It's a small community, but we stick together when tragedy hits, and it brings us closer," said Brittney Bernardino of Apple Valley.

Due to the massive amounts of support from buyers, it appeared there was a chance the bakery would even run out, but Venoya said he had nothing but gratitude on his reopening day.

"On the receiving end, it's overwhelming, we didn't ask for this, or for that," he said. "But there's a lot of good in people, and I still believe in that."
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