3 victims in deadly rampage in Isla Vista identified: 2 sorority sisters among victims

WESTLAKE VILLAGE - Three names were released Saturday of six victims killed in the murder rampage in Isla Vista, and one was identified as Veronika Weiss, 19, of Westlake Village.

Weiss graduated from Westlake High School in 2013 and played on the school's water polo team and was in her first year at UC Santa Barbara, according to friends who spoke to news media.

Weiss' sorority sister, Katie Cooper, was also among those killed, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Bill Brown said. A third victim was identified by the sheriff as Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez, 20, of San Luis Obispo.

Cooper's hometown was not immediately available.

Thirteen others were injured, eight who were wounded by gunfire and four who were struck by the gunman's vehicle. The shooter, identified as Elliot Rodger, 22 also died.

Three males were found stabbed to death in the suspect's apartment, while Cooper and Weiss were gunned down outside their sorority, Alpha Phi, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Bill Brown.

Martinez was shot and killed in a delicatessen, the sheriff said.

"You don't think it will happen to your child until it does," Richard Martinez, speaking to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department headquarters, said of his son. "Chris was a really great kid. Ask
anyone who knew him."

He shared a photo of his son, a bat on his shoulder and clad in a Little League baseball uniform, who he said was an English major at UCSB and dreamed of one day being an attorney.

"His death has left our family lost and broken," Richard Martinez said.

"They talk about gun rights," he continued. "What about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, 'Stop this madness.' We don't have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves: Not one more."

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