'Day of mourning' planned in Santa Barbara

The six victims of a murderous rampage in Santa Barbara will be remembered Tuesday in a "day of mourning and reflection'' by the university where they studied and prepared for their future.

In a letter to the school community, Henry Yang, chancellor of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and interim executive vice chancellor Joel Michaelsen said a memorial service will be held at Harder Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday and that there also will be a memorial wall at the Pardall Center.

"This is a period of mourning for all of us,'' Yang and Michaelsen wrote. "The moving candlelight vigil that our students organized on Saturday evening began the process of healing. 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.''

CNN reported that there would also be a march Monday, starting at the Alpha Phi sorority house where Veronika Elizabeth Weiss, 19, and Katherine Breann Cooper, 22, were shot to death by suspect Elliot Rodger, 22. The procession then will stop at each of the places where the four other victims lost their lives.

Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20 were stabbed to death in the apartment they shared with Rodger, authorities say. After those attacks Friday night, Rodger then went on a shooting spree, killing Weiss and Cooper before heading to the IV Deli Mart in the community of Isla Vista, where he killed Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, a UC Santa Barbara student majoring in English who planned to go to law school after graduating.

Rodger was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


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