Thousands honor Isla Vista victims at UCSB memorial service
Flowers placed at the I.V. Deli in Isla Vista on May 25, 2014, form a part of a makeshift memorial to victims of a shooting rampage.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Thousands attended a memorial service Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara’s stadium for six students killed in Friday’s shooting and knifing rampage in Isla Vista.
About 20,000 people were in attendance at Harder Stadium, KCOY-TV Channel 12 reported.
“Too many people have died and there should be not one more,” said Richard Martinez, father of slain UCSB student Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20.
The university also created 10,000 ribbons for the memorial to represent the “community’s collective mourning, reflection, and recovery,” university officials said.
“We are here because in this moment of loss there’s a human desire to come together to reach out to one another for love and support,” said UC President Janet Napolitano.
“We are grieving together today as a family, as the community of the University of California and we will get through this,” she said.
In addition to the memorial service, a memorial wall was set up Tuesday by students at Pardall Center, the university statement said.
The service comes days after the shooting and stabbing rampage by Elliot Rodger that left six UCSB students dead and 13 others injured in the seaside college town, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims have been identified by the sheriff’s office as: Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, Chris Martinez, 20, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20.
“This is a period of mourning for all of us,” Chancellor Henry T. Yang said in a statement. “On Tuesday we will remember and honor the victims of this horrible event, and come together as an academic community to reflect, talk with each other, and think about the future.”
The school canceled classes and declared a day of mourning and reflection on Tuesday, four days after the attack. It was just one of several events planned throughout the day and week to help students grieve and get counseling.
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