"He was his usual cheerful, chattering self," Ryan Reyes, Larry Daniel Kaufman's boyfriend of three years, told the Los Angeles Times about the last time he saw him alive Wednesday morning. The Times ran a photo of the grieving Reyes when he heard the news of Kaufman's death.
In addition to running the coffee shop in building 3 at the Inland Regional Center since 2010, 42-year-old Kaufman, who went by Daniel and was a resident of Rialto, trained the developmentally disabled clients who worked with him. He had worked there for about five years, according to the newspaper.
Reyes tried to text his boyfriend but for the next 22 hours, until he received the official report, he was unsure of Kaufman's fate. Reyes and family members called six hospitals, trying to locate Kaufman. Then Reyes drove to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, to no avail. Kaufman had refused to get a driver's license, telling Reyes that he didn't want to give up the daily rides to and from work with him. Bodies of the victims were still at the crime scene, so Reyes gave authorities a physical:
"Just under 6 feet tall and around 195 pounds, Reyes said. Black dress shoes with square toes. Khakis. A black polo shirt -- the uniform for Coffee N More. No tattoos. Lots of rings and necklaces and one earring on each side-- rainbow bars for gay pride."
He went to bed without knowing but still clung to hope. "I'm so emotionally drained right now," Reyes said. "I don't know if I want to scream, cry or break a window."
The couple considered themselves "free spirits," and loved to watch horror movies together. The photo that Reyes shared of Kaufman was from a Renaissance Faire, and on a Facebook page dedicated to it, one acquaintance remembered: "Daniel was a valued member of St. Cuthbert's Guild. He was the acting leader of the banner bearers, and an expert dancing pony. Daniel, we all love you so much and will miss you until the end of time. Dance and drink and laugh up in Skyfair."
The Guild of St. Cuthbert announced on its Facebook page that it will be holding a memorial for Kaufman at 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at Farm Sweet Farm in Riverside, Calif.