Students Gathered in La Jolla for UCSB Massacre Vigil [Photo]

Hundreds of students gathered Monday, May 26 in front of UC San Diego's library in La Jolla. In this image, you can see the candles in the distance. Photo Courtesy: UC San Diego
Hundreds of students gathered Monday, May 26 in front of UC San Diego's library in La Jolla. In this image, you can see the candles in the distance. Photo Courtesy: UC San Diego

Vigils for six slain U.C. Santa Barbara students were held Sunday night at UC San Diego and UCLA, the first in a series of remembrances scheduled at all 10 University of California campuses.

At the La Jolla campus, students gathered outside of Geisel Library with candles. Some 2,500 students RSVPed to a Facebook invitation to the memorial 

"As students at the University of California, we stand in support of those on our sister campus," a UCLA Facebook event page stated. "Let us take this opportunity to stand even closer together and recognize the bonds within our community."

More than 2,000 students attended the UCLA memorial, according to KTLA5. 

Similar observances are scheduled Tuesday at U.C. Irvine and Wednesday at U.C. Riverside. Others are scheduled throughout the week at the remaining campuses.

Veronika Elizabeth Weiss, of Thousand Oaks, Katherine Breann Cooper of Chino Hills, and Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, of Los Osos, were shot and killed during a murderous rampage through Isla Vista carried out Friday night by Elliot Rodger, 22, of Woodland Hills.

Prior to the shootings, authorities said Rodger stabbed his roommates and one of their friends to death at the apartment they shared in Santa Barbara.

They were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19, both of San Jose; and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont. All six were UCSB students, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department.

In addition, 13 other people were injured including four who were mowed down as Rodger drove his black BMW through Isla Vista, shooting randomly out a window.

Rodger had outlined his plans to kill female college students in a series of "chilling" postings on social media including a video uploaded the day before and a 100,000-word manifesto titled "My Twisted World," which was forwarded to several people, including Santa Barbara television station KEYT.

Each made repeated references to his feelings of loneliness, anger at being spurned and still a virgin and detailed his hatred of women.

Rodger had bought two of three 9 mm handguns found in his car from gun shops in the Los Angeles area -- one in Burbank, the other in Oxnard. The third was purchased from a shop in Goleta, not far from the UCSB campus, Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said during a Saturday news conference. All three were legally purchased and registered to Rodger, he said.

The guns, along with more than 400 rounds of ammunition, were recovered after sheriff's deputies found Rodger dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car, which was wrecked as the six-minute shooting spree ended.

One was a Glock 34 long slide that Rodger claimed to have purchased in Goleta, according to the manifesto.  The other two were Sig Sauers, Brown said.      

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Related: Parents of Fremont Man Murdered in UCSB Massacre Say Son Wanted to Move Out

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