Following earlier reports of Elliot Rodgers killings due to sexual frustrations and loneliness, Police have released pictures and names of his unfortunate victims.
George Chen, 19
Chen, from San Jose, Calif., was one of Rodger’s roommates and was one of the first people killed in the attack, stabbed repeatedly inside the Isla Vista apartment, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said.
Katie Cooper, 22
A University of California Santa Barbara senior, Cooper was shot by Rodger across the street from the Alpha Phi sorority house. The Chino Hills, Calif., native studied art history and archeology at college.
The “About Me” section of the outgoing Cooper’s Facebook page says: “When in doubt, choose LOVE.”
Veronika Weiss, 19
A standout water polo player at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Weiss was a bubbly blond freshman who was gunned down alongside Cooper.
Her father, Bob Weiss, said his daughter was thriving at UCSB: “She was killing it up there. She was making straight As. She was making friends. She was studying like a maniac and loving every minute of it.”
Cheng Yuan Hong, 20
Another of Rodger’s roommates, Hong was mentioned at a Saturday press conference by sherrifs, who said Rodger contacted authorities to report a roommate had stolen his candles.
Hong, from San Jose, was that roommate, according to Santa Barbara DA Joyce Dudley.
Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20
A UCSB sophomore from San Luis Obispo, Calif., Michael-Martinez was inside the IV Deli Market when Rodger opened fire.
An English major, Michael-Martinez was excited about plans to study abroad in London during his junior year, friends said.
“He was an engaging, happy guy who had a bright future,” said Leslie O’Connor, principal of San Luis Obispo High School.
Weihan Wang, 20
This Fremont, Calif., native was among the three young men Rodger killed inside the apartment, authorities say. It’s unclear if he was also a roommate or was visiting.