Mother-of–three, Bennetta Betbadal, had worked for the San Bernardino County Health Department as a health inspector since 2006.
On Wednesday, she left her home excited about a presentation she was going to give to her supervisors and co-workers at their annual meeting at the Inland Regional Center.
Bennetta was one of the 14 people killed by Muslims Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
But her death comes with a terrible irony.
Bennetta Betbadal, a Roman Catholic, was born in Iran in 1969, and fled to America when she was 18 to “escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution,” according to a family statement reported by the San Bernardino Sun.
Bennetta’s life was stolen from what appears to be the same type of extremist monsters she fled so many years ago. Hers is a tragic story of what we are allowing to happen in Western civilization. There is no safe harbor, no sanctuary from Islamic jihadists.
The family statement said Betbadal settled in New York City after she came to America and eventually moved to California, where she married her husband, Arlen Verdehyou, a police officer at Riverside Community College, in 1997.
They moved to Rialto and had three children, two boys and a girl now ages 10, 12, and 15. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in chemistry, Betbadal took a job as an inspector with the San Bernardino County Health Department in 2006.
“Bennetta was proud to work for the people of San Bernardino County,” the statement said. “She loved her job, her community, and her country.”
May she rest in peace. And may God watch over her husband and children as they struggle to make sense of her terrible fate.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]