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December 05, 2015

Pennsylvania native among victims in California shooting

York County native was father of two daughters

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California shooting victim Carri D. Wohlwend/GoFundMe

York County native Harry Bowman, pictured left, was among the victims in the fatal California shooting that left 14 people dead.

Among the victims of the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California, was a Pennsylvania native, according to media reports.

WGAL reports that 46-year-old Harry Bowman of York County was one of the 14 people who lost their lives in the attack.

He had lived in California for the last 15 years and was the father of two daughters. His mother still lived in York County.

Bowman's family released a statement, aquired by WGAL, following the tragic news:

"Harry "Hal" Bowman worked as a statistical Analyst for Healthy Communities for the County Department of Public Health. Born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, he was the loving father of two daughters. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his free time hiking. He was also a dedicated Catholic, often teaching religious classes.
This is a tragic loss for our family, much like it is for all families around the world who have experienced this kind of violence. There are no words that express our sadness in losing such a special person. We can only hope that these senseless killings cease to occur.
We ask you to respect the privacy of our family, friends and neighbors during this very personal time of mourning. The family will not be granting interviews."

Governor Tom Wolf, who resides in York County, also released a statement:

“We are saddened to hear reports that Pennsylvania-native Harry Bowman was among the victims of the senseless violence in San Bernardino, California. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bowman family and all of our fellow York County residents whom knew him.”

The Los Angeles Times gathered information on those who lost their lives in the shooting. According to the newspaper, his neighbors in California knew little about him. 

One person who lived across the hall from Bowman in his California apartment building said he would see him come out to the pool and teach his daugher how to swim.

He had been dating Carri Wohlwend, a woman he met online, according to the Riverside Press Enterprise.

Wohlend has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Bowman's two daughters as well as causes that were important to him.