Victims in CA Rampage Identified

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified the three men found fatally stabbed in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, who police say fatally shot three others in a killing spree that ended with his suicide.

The Santa Barbara sheriff's office said Sunday that the victims were 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong and 19-year-old George Chen - both from San Jose - and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont.

The three UC Santa Barbara students were the first killed in Friday night's rampage.

Hong and Chen are listed on the lease as Rodger's roommates. Investigators were trying to determine whether Wang was also a roommate or was visiting the night of the killings.

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - Elliot Rodger's parents raced to his Santa Barbara-area community after his mother saw his online threats, but they heard the news of a shooting on the radio as they were driving on the freeway.

They later learned their son had killed six people, wounded 13 and then - authorities say - took his own life.

The Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1k7kdu6 ) Sunday that mother Chin Rodger got a call from her son's therapist shortly before the shootings Friday about a ranting email sent by their son.

Then the mother found his video vowing to kill people.

Family friend Simon Astaire tells the newspaper that Chin Rodger alerted authorities and set off with her ex-husband, director Peter Rodger.

But by the time they arrived, officers confirmed their son had gone on a rampage.


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