Fremont Resident Among 3 Bay Area Victims of UC Santa Barbara Mass Murder

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 beenidentified 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 bySanta 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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Autumn Johnson May 26, 2014 at 09:32 AM
@James: For stories like this, yes, we share it on the Tri-City sites as residents travel and work within the three cities. This story affects families in almost every town in the Bay Area, including Newark, who have students at a destination college like UCSB.
Autumn Johnson May 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM
UCSB Candlelight Vigil on Monday to Include Bay Area Victims http://fremont.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/candlelight-vigil-hosted-by-uc-santa-barbara-on-monday-to-include-bay-area-victims
Raphael Bruckner May 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Hey is the Patch censoring my comment's? I'm Sorry if my use of language offences the editorial Staff. However when you continually show this worthless piece of garbage's face you take away from the story of the victims. And that is offensive. Don't give any more air time.
James Nelson May 26, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Autumn, while this may make sense from you or patches standpoint I stand firm in my opinion that Local, is Local. There's already enough agencies in the area like the Argus for one, and the Tri city voice to name another who cover such angles. But nobody seems to focus on just a single city, thus while everyone is focusing on other stuff, what matters most in the one city gets overlooked. I guess we just have different ideals of what's important.


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