Friends, family reveal details about Oakland fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- At least 36 people died in a fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse and we're learning more about the victims from their friends and loved ones.

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One of the featured performers Friday night at the warehouse was a young man who went by the name DJ Nact, but coworkers at Green Apple Books knew him as Johnny Igaz.

On Saturday morning, Igaz was scheduled to work at noon, but as the morning went on it hit all the employees that he probably wasn't coming in for his shift. "We had families and a lot of small children coming in to begin what's a joyous holiday season for so many people and 15 to 20 minutes after the store opening when we started getting reports, Green Apple Books employee Kevin Hunsanger said.

The co-owner of Green Apple Books said Igaz quickly left an impression on the music section of the store because he was a DJ who loved music. He would often write Post-It notes to customers with his recommendations. "Paul, his brother, conveyed to me how excited he was to be a part of this, that this really was his dream job," Hunsanger said

Across San Francisco, lots of co-workers and friends are dealing with loss. Alex Vega and his girlfriend Michela Gregory worked together at an Urban Outfitters in the Marina District. The manager told ABC7 News everyone is too shaken up to talk on camera.

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Although his death has not officially confirmed: Vega's family was told that Vega's body was identified and that news provided some relief. They'll be holding a memorial for Vega and Gregory at their home on Wednesday. "He always wanted to be remembered by his work, so let's just celebrate him and his work," one woman said.

Alex Ghassan was a documentary producer and contributor to KQED Television and Radio in San Francisco. He was engaged to Hannah Henrika Ruax from Finland who is among the missing. Her friends have told the Associated Press, she helped organize a recent peace demonstration in Helsinki.

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