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Vigils, Memorials Grow For Isla Vista Rampage Victims

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A group gathered at UCSB in anticipation of a vigil for the victims of a shooting rampage. (credit: CBS)

A group gathered at UCSB in anticipation of a vigil for the victims of a shooting rampage. (credit: CBS)

Isla Vista Rampage

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Memorials and vigils are growing across the Southland to honor victims of the shootings and stabbings in Isla Vista Friday night, according to a memorial page on Facebook.

UCLA and Westlake High School hosted memorials at 8 p.m. Monday.

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“Please join us in remembering the tragic loss that affected the lives of so many of our friends. As students at the University of California, we stand in support of those on our sister campus,” said a post on a UCLA Facebook event page.

The memorial at Westlake was held for 19-year-old shooting victim Veronika Weiss, a star water polo player who graduated from the school last year.

“She was kind. She was the person who would reach out to the kids who weren’t the popular kids, some of the nerdy kids, some of the kids who were a little bit like [how] the Rodger kid described himself…a little bit of an outcast,” the victim’s father, Bob Weiss, said.

“If it had been somebody else, [Weiss] would have been the one picking us up right now,” Amanda McNutt said. “She touched a lot of people, and for someone who is 19 years old, to have that many people showing up? That’s a lot to say because I don’t know if I’d have this many people here for me when I was 19.”

“It’s very heartbreaking for your daughter who is in high school to find out her friend has been shot dead. It’s something a mother, any parent, doesn’t want to happen,” parent Caroline Spaeter said.

Jim Lyons’ daughter played water polo with Weiss.

“My daughter is still in shock by this and I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in to her yet,” Lyons said.

CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen reports that a number of students spent Monday visiting all the memorials across Isla Vista.

Flowers and notes were placed outside the Alpha Phi sorority house for Weiss and Katie Cooper, a teaching assistant in ballroom dancing,

“[Cooper] was the one I saw two days a week this entire quarter, so it’s just shocking to think that I’m going to class and not see her,” Hallie Brauner said.

Jessica Chadwick and Rachel Nelson live at what’s being called “crime scene number 7.” One of their neighbors was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.

“Right outside our kitchen window, he shot our neighbors,” Chadwick said.

“It could’ve been me, it could’ve been my roommates,” Nelson added.

On Wednesday, the UC Riverside community will hold an 8:30 p.m. vigil at the Bell Tower.

The Santa Barbara community has scheduled events throughout the week to pay tribute to the victims.

Tuesday:

- Classes at UC Santa Barbara canceled.
– Memorial Wall at Associated Students Pardall Center.
– Counselors available at SRB all day.
– Students can help with “10,000 Ribbons” event by making ribbons in RHA office in San Nicolas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Those who wish to volunteer for the memorial service can sign up here.
– Memorial service, “10,000 Ribbons” event at Harder Stadium at 4 p.m.
– Interfaith candlelight vigil, time to be determined.

Wednesday:

- Memorial Paddle Out at 6:30 p.m.: students should bring a surfboard, float, SUP, kayak, boat, swim fins or boogie board, along with flowers. Location to be determined.

Thursday:

- “Show Our Pride”: students encouraged to wear blue and yellow UCSB gear.

Friday:

- Community forum: details yet to be announced.

A list of events can be found at the following Facebook page.

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