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'... One of the best people that has ever lived'

Posted: 4:52 PM, Dec 04, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-05 00:52:41Z

A man spoke to 10News about his partner, who was one of the 14 people killed in Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino.

Ryan Reyes looks at photos of him and his boyfriend Daniel Kaufman from his home in Rialto.

"That was Daniel's picture with Carrie Fisher," Reyes said, pointing out a signed glossy photo of the Star Wars star and Kaufman. "This was 'Comikazi,' so it's basically like a miniature Comic-Con."

Reyes said Kaufman loved costumes, and he described his 42-year-old boyfriend as carefree and fun-loving.

"Even going to family functions, the Fourth of July party, or whatever, he's like, 'OK, I'm going to wear my monster contacts,' and that was just Daniel, and I think that's literally what everybody loved so much about him is he was just so carefree," Reyes said.

On Wednesday morning, Reyes dropped Kaufman off for work at the Inland Regional Center. He managed the coffee stand inside.

Hours later, Reyes learned about the massacre. He called Kaufman and it went to voicemail.

Reyes rushed to the Hernandez Center about three miles from the massacre site, where the survivors were bussed-in to be reunited with their loved ones.

"His co-workers haven't heard from him," Reyes said live on 10News just after 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

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Hours later, Reyes heard Kaufman was shot and injured, but alive.

"I'm relieved to know that he's at least OK," Reyes told 10News Wednesday just before 7 p.m.

Reyes was elated, and he said he called the mayor's office and spoke with several people.

"I don't know who officially said what. All I know is I was told he was shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital. He's in surgery, but he's OK, but nobody could tell me what hospital," Reyes said Thursday afternoon at his home.

Reyes called all the hospitals.

"My gut just started to fall when we kept getting told no, no, no, no," Ryan said.

On Wednesday night, he and Kaufman's family went back to the Hernandez Center. They were the last family there, as all the survivors were accounted for.

Kaufman was not in a hospital. He was nowhere to be found.

"We were given misinformation. It started as a rumor on Facebook," Reyes said.

A person from the coroner's officer told them to prepare for the worst, but they had no information on Kaufman, Reyes said.

"That was extremely draining to me," Reyes said.

He went home and cried so hard his pillow was soaked.

Twenty-three hours after the massacre he got the call -- Kaufman was shot and killed.

"I completely lost it at that point," Reyes said. "Right now, I am pretty numb."

Reyes wants people to know who his partner was.

"The world literally lost one of the best people that has ever lived," he said of Kaufman.