Oregon College Shooting: Nine Victims of Rampage Are Identified – NBCNews.com
The nine people killed during a shooting at an Oregon college ranged in age from 18 to 67 — from freshmen who hadn’t even finished their first week of college to a retired school teacher who had returned to educating students.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identified the nine people killed as Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; Lucas Eibel, 18; Jason Dale Johnson, 33; Lawrence Levine, 67; Sarena Dawn Moore, 44; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18.
Gunman Chris Harper Mercer, 26, was killed after a firefight with police at Umpqua Community College. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin did not say whether Mercer took his own life or was killed by officers.
Mercer was a student at Umpqua and was enrolled in the class where he opened fire on Thursday, according to authorities.
Hanlin clarified Friday that nine people were injured in the shooting spree. Officials said earlier that seven people were injured.
Here’s what we know about those who were murdered.
Treven Taylor Anspach
Anspach’s parents, Justin and Kim, said the 20-year-old was “the perfect son.”
“Treven was larger than life and brought out the best in those around him,” they said in a statement.
Anspach was from Sutherlin, Oregon, and was the son of a firefighter, officials said during the Friday night news conference.
Rebecka Ann Carnes
Carnes, 18, was from Myrtle Creek. She was a niece of a paramedic, officials said.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley paid tribute to Carnes, who he said was the great-granddaughter of his first cousin, according to The Oregonian. “Rebecka’s beautiful spirit will be enormously missed,” Merkley said in a written statement.
Quinn Glen Cooper
Quinn Cooper Robin Loznak / Zuma Press
As a freshman, the 18-year-old Cooper was new to the school. Thursday was his fourth day, his family said in a statement.
“Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate and such a wonderful loving person. He always stood up for people,” his family said.
Cooper enjoyed dancing, voice acting and was “inseparable” from his older brother, Cody, the family said.
“I don’t know how we are going to move forward with our lives without Quinn. Our lives are shattered beyond repair. We send our condolences to all the families who have been so tragically affected by this deranged gunman. No one should ever have to feel the pain we are feeling.”
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz
Dietz, 59, was taking classes at the same college as her daughter, who was …Read More