California university near deadly rampage mourns

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Classes were canceled Tuesday at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as the college community reeled from the deadly rampage that took the lives of six of its students.

The school declared a day of mourning and reflection and scheduled a campus memorial service on Tuesday afternoon.

Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and injured 13 others in the shooting and stabbing attacks Friday night in the Isla Vista community near campus. He apparently shot himself to death after a shootout with deputies, authorities said.

Authorities said the community college student was obsessed with exacting retribution for what he saw as a lifetime of social and sexual isolation.

Investigators said Rodger had posted an Internet video stating that he would slaughter as many people as he could.

On Tuesday, students stopped by to leave flowers and candles at makeshift memorials at the shooting scenes. Flowers even were placed through bullet holes in windows of a store.

Some people chalked messages on the street, including the words “Never forget.”

“This spot right here will always mean something to me,” said Rick Stevens, 38-year-old geography student. “It’s not going to take away from all the goodness that’s going to overcome it all.”

UC President Janet Napolitano has ordered flags at all 10 UC campuses lowered to half-staff to honor the victims’ memories.

“This is a time for mourning and grieving, and for consoling and supporting each other. It will take time for our UCSB colleagues to recover and heal from this,” Napolitano said in a letter to the UC community Monday.

 

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