University of California holds day of mourning for victims of shooting
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:52
May.28 - Thousands in the U.S. gather at the University of California to honor the six victims of a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara. Sarah Toms reports.
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Thousands of students, faculty members and other mourners remember the classmates who were killed in a rampage on Friday night.
Students returned to campus for a "day of mourning" at the university of California.
The father of one of the dead called for stricter gun control.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD MARTINEZ, FATHER OF SHOOTING VICTIM CHRIS MARTINEZ READING A STATEMENT FOR ANOTHER VICTIM'S FAMILY SAYING:
"Not one more,''
Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system and former homeland security secretary under President Barack Obama, said the campus should come together to overcome its grief.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JANET NAPOLITANO-UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESIDENT SAYING:
"None of us wants to be here for an occasion like this, but we are. We're here because a series of violent crimes took the lives of six of our UC-Santa barbara students and injured nine more. We are here because in this moment of loss there is a human desire to come together to reach out to one another for love and for support. We are here because we want to share memories of the young lives struck down far too soon."
Elliot Rodger, who was named by police as the killer, took his own life. He had warned of the rampage online.
This grieving community in Santa Barbara is still in shock.
But these stabbings and shootings are the latest in a series of U.S. mass murders carried out by mentally ill attackers, using legally purchased guns and ammunition.
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