Students return to the University of California Santa Barbara Wednesday after classes were cancelled Tuesday for a large-scale memorial service honoring the victims of Friday’s rampage.
The service focused on the six students who died and only once mentioned the name of their suspected attacker.
Students may go back to their regular routines, but that doesn’t mean things are getting back to normal.
Flags at half-staff underscore the mood at the university campus, as thoughts of Tuesday night’s memorial service – and last Friday’s rampage – continue to weigh on the minds of many.
Six students were killed.
George Chen, Cheng Hong and David Wang, the suspect’s roommates, were stabbed to death inside their home.
Katherine Cooper and Veronika Weiss, sorority sisters, were shot outside the Tri Delta house.
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was a student apparently shot at random inside a deli.
Christopher Martinez’s father has drawn the attention of lawmakers after he accused politicians of not doing enough to keep his son safe.
He said one even called him to express their condolences “… and I told that person I wasn’t interested in a phone call from them to express their condolences and sadness about what happened to Chris. That was unacceptable until that person went back to Congress and actually did something.”
Richard Martinez also talked to the crowd of roughly 20,000 people about the victims, reading statements from the other families before talking about his own son.
Flags at all University of California campuses will be flown at half-staff through Sunday in memory of the victims.
SOURCE: CNN / WDAM 7