Two members of the same sorority and a sophomore at University of California Santa Barbara have been identified as victims of Friday night’s drive-by shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded.
The massacre perpetrated by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger claimed the lives of Veronika Weiss, 19, and Katie Cooper, 22, both sisters at the Delta Delta Delta Greek organization, the victims’ friends revealed.
A third victim has been identified by his distraught father, Richard, as Christopher Martinez, 20.
The slain sophomore’s grief-stricken parent spoke out Friday in an emotional appeal for increased gun control.
‘Our son Christopher and six others are dead,’ he told reporters gathered outside a sheriff’s station for a news conference. ‘You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.’
Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.
‘The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?’ Martinez said. ‘When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness! We don’t have to live like this! Too many people have died!