3 Killed in Isla Vista Mass Murders Were From Bay Area

The three Bay Area victims -- two from San Jose and one from Fremont -- were UC Santa Barbara students and were found deceased with multiple stab wounds in Elliot Rodger's apartment.

Elliot Rodger in his final YouTube video post.
Elliot Rodger in his final YouTube video post.
Two San Jose residents and a Fremont resident have been identified as victims who died on Friday night during a mass killing in Isla Vista near University of California at Santa Barbara, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said today.

The three Bay Area residents killed by mass murder suspect Elliot Rodger, 22, have been identified as 20-year-old Weihan Wang, of Fremont, 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong and 19-year-old George Chen, both of San Jose, according to a statement released today by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
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The three Bay Area victims were UC Santa Barbara students and were found deceased with multiple stab wounds in Rodger's apartment.

Hong and Chen are listed on the lease as tenants, along with Rodger, for the apartment, which is located in the 6500 block of Seville Road in Isla Vista, according to Hoover.

Sheriff's investigators are determining whether Wang was their roommate as well or simply visiting the residence.
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Sheriff's investigators said that they believe Rodger killed these three victims before going on a shooting rampage in Isla Vista around 9:27 p.m. on Friday.

A statement released by the sheriff's office read: "In all, six innocent people were killed and 13 others were wounded."

Deputies said Rodger died in the incident as well, possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

--Bay City News

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Sandi Malet May 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM
RIP My prayers go out to all the families. As a society, it is time to address how age age 22 we can have such rage.
Kniqui Hackborn June 02, 2014 at 11:54 AM
It is very sad to suddenly and unexpectedly lose someone you love. Because three came from our neighborhood it becomes more real and we are emotionally impacted and feel helpless and want to do something so it never happens again, which is likely impossible. While many are inclined to make Rodger a poster child for their cause, it appears that he was a narcissist sociopath with fixed delusions. This is incurable. The only chance to flag him off the track was thwarted by fate. The truth is that statistically our young people have a much greater chance of being killed by a drunk driver or even binge drinking than a disgruntled sociopath. What happened was tragic and sad and even angering and nothing can bring those young people back or give their senseless deaths meaning. Guns and knives are not to blame. Video games are not to blame. The Secret is not to blame. PUAhate is not to blame. American culture is not to blame. His parents are not to blame. Doctors and therapists are not to blame. Rodger did this using the broken brain and heart fate dealt him. If we cannot prevent thousands of of intentional drunk driving deaths, how is it possible to stop intelligent homicidal maniacs?


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