A woman falls to her knees in tears near a memorial in Oakland, Calif. Sunday, December 4, 2016 following a large fire that occurred Friday, December 2 (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Coroner releases final five names of warehouse fire victims

The Alameda County coroner’s bureau identified five more victims of the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale district last Friday night.

Four of the victims identified today were from Oakland: Barrett Clark, 35, Michele Sylvan, 37, Nicholas Walrath, 31, and Peter Wadsworth, 38.

Also identified was Jonathan Bernbaum, 34, of Berkeley. A friend of Wadsworth said in a posting on Facebook that, “He was a weird dude, which is why we were friends. He had a habit of saying crazy things you couldn’t believe and then backing them up.”

The friend said of Wadsworth, “Your loss is senseless and heartbreaking to me. I hope you found happiness before it was taken away from you.”

Friends of Walrath said he grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the New York University School of law, was an associate at the Durie Tangri law firm in San Francisco and previously clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar.

Walrath also previously was an associate at the Quinn Emmanuel Urqhart and Sullivan firm in San Francisco and clerked for Judge Carlos Bea of the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Bernbaum graduated with the highest honors as a history major and minored in film studies at Brandeis University in the Boston area in 2004, according to the university’s website.

The university described Bernbaum as “a prominent visual artist in the world of electronic dance music.”

Alex Green, Bernbaum’s friend and classmate, told the university’s news service that Bernbaum cared deeply about the world around him, relished debating issues both large and small and was a dedicated friend.

According to a Facebook posting, Clark went to Santa Rose High School, studied sound and audio engineering and worked as a sound engineer.

The release of the names means that all 36 victims have now been made public. While the coroner’s bureau hasn’t released the identity of a 17-year-old boy who perished in the fire, he has been identified elsewhere as Draven McGill, a student at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco.

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