WESTLAKE VILLAGE (CBSLA.com) — The father of one of the young women killed Friday evening during a murderous rampage in Isla Vista is speaking out.
Bob Weiss told CBS2’s Art Barron that the loss of his daughter, 19-year-old Veronika Weiss, hasn’t fully sunk in.
“It’s shock and little denial,” he said.
Veronika, the UCSB first year sorority student, was among six people killed by Elliot Rodger, 22.
Weiss and his daughter were close.
He remembered how she would end every phone call.
“She would say ‘I miss you daddy…to the fullest,'” Bob Weiss said.
Through his grief, he told Barron that he also feels compassion for the parents of his daughter’s murderer.
“I can imagine what his parents went through. I feel for them and I feel for Rodger,” Weiss said. “He never chose to be deranged. That’s the cards he was dealt.”
Veronika was gunned down along with sorority sister Katie Cooper outside the Alpa Phi house.
Weiss believes Rodger shouldn’t have so easily been able to get his hands on weapons.
“We don’t want handguns so easy to get — two or three of them?,” he said.
Weiss showed Barron a picture of Veronika taken with two younger brothers when she was about 9-years-old.
He recalled his daughter the gifted athlete as well as being a proud member of the water polo team.
“She was the toughest, strongest kid on the team,” he recalls.
At UCSB, his daughter majored in math and economics.
Her life was just starting, but cut short by a gunman on the rampage. Her possibilities will never be realized.
Barron asked Weiss, what he thought his daughter would say if she could speak now?
“I’m still here,” Weiss said, “honor me by keep on doing the things you’ve been doing.”