Santa Barbara Community Holds Vigil, Classmates Remember Victims Online

Two students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood.

Hundreds if not thousands of students and members of the community held a candlelight vigil at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on Saturday night following the horrific shooting that shocked the school and country Friday.
Those gathered for the vigil marched for about a mile through the streets, but did not speak. The silence was interrupted by sobbing, and at one point, a rendition of "Amazing Grace" by UCSB's Acapella group.
The event was organized through a Facebook page, which listed more than 4,500 people as planning to attend.

"Isla Vista has experienced a tragic loss and the community is shaken," according to a description for the event on the Facebook page. "Tonight, let us all come together to heal, comfort each other and to pay tribute to the members of our community who are no longer with us."

A man killed six people and injured 13 others during Friday night's deadly rampage. The suspect, identified by police as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head in his BMW.
Three of the six victims have since been identified: Veronika Weiss, 19, who was shot while standing outside the school's sorority house; Katie Cooper, 22, who was standing with Weiss at the time when the gunshots went off and Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, who was shot when the gunman opened fire at a deli nearby.
Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michael-Martinez, gave a gut-wrenching statement to reporters after his son was identified as one of the victims. "Chris was a really great kid," he said. "Ask anyone who knew him. His death has left our family lost and broken."
"You don't think it'll happen to your child until it does," he added.
Classmates who knew the victims reacted to the news with an outpouring of grief, condolences and memories posted on various social networks online.
"We will miss you forever Chris," one person wrote about Martinez on the vigil's Facebook page. "You weren't just a best friend you were a brother." Another person remembered Cooper on Facebook, writing: "UCSB will not be the same without Katie Cooper, one of the most friendly and generous people I have ever known. This is all just so wrong."
One user on Reddit, who claimed to be a classmate of Weiss, wrote in a moving note that the victim "had more mental and physical strength than most people I knew. She had a mad skip shot and was silly as all hell."

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Santa Barbara police are still piecing together the details the crime. Rodger laid out his plans and motivations for the mass murder in a 137-page manifesto. He referred to his plans for the shooting and stabbings as the "Day of Retribution."
"I will punish all females for the crime of depriving me of sex. They have starved me of sex for my entire youth, and gave that pleasure to other men. In doing so, they took many years of my life away," Rodger wrote in his manifesto. "I cannot kill every single female on earth, but I can deliver a devastating blow that will shake all of them to the core of their wicked hearts."

He reportedly did not set off any mental-health provisions that would have prevented him from buying guns in California, and was therefore able to buy three guns legally.

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