These are the victims of the Isla Vista shooting. THESE are the people we should be talking about, and how tragic it is that six innocent people had their lives cut far too short.
Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, was killed while buying potato chips at a local deli mart. He was an English major who wanted to go to law school and pursue a career as an attorney, like his father and mother had, and was going to make a trip to London this summer.
Veronika Weiss, 19, was a sports-loving freshman who loved water polo and played for her high school polo team. Her little brothers Cooper and Jackson, and her parents, Bob and Colleen have to plan and attend her funeral instead of celebrating her graduation, which she’ll never see. She wanted to pursue a career in finance, using her exceptional skills in maths.
Katie Cooper, 22, was a senior, just weeks away from graduating with an art history and archaeology degree. She had already ordered her cap and gown for the ceremony. She had done exceptionally well academically and was beloved by everyone she came into contact with, described as, “kind-hearted, gentle, sweet, and completely selfless.”
Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, was one of the shooter’s roommates. From San Jose, he was pursuing a degree in computer engineering. Hong was only a few days from moving out of the apartment he would eventually lose his life in.
George Chen, 19, was another of the shooter’s roommates. He had been a camp counselor for the local YMCA and loved working with young kids. He took great strides to ensure that his neighbours were taken care of, including picking up the mail and newspaper for an elderly man down the street.
Weihan Wang, 20, was a friend of the former two, majoring in engineering, who was visiting his friends when the shooter attacked. His parents immigrated from China 10 years ago, and are now forced to bury their only child, who showed so much promise, graduating from his high school with a 4.3 GPA.
These are the people we should be talking about. These are the people whose faces we should see everywhere. It’s criminal how many pages I had to click through just to find the most basic information on these young people, when the shooter is found on nearly every news site multiple times.
My condolences to the families of these young people. There are so many dreams and hopes and plans for their futures that will never happen now because of one deranged individual. May they rest in peace.