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Oikos University mourns 7 killed in shooting rampage

Efanye Chibuko touches a picture of his wife, Doris, during a memorial service at Oikos University.

They were described as the “loved seven” --  six students and a school secretary gunned down by a former student.

About 100 mourners gathered in a steady rain Tuesday in front of the small Christian vocational school where One L. Goh, 43, allegedly killed seven people and injured three others when he opened fire eight days ago.

The steps at Oakland’s Oikos University, site of the rampage, were decorated with flowers. Pictures of the victims and condolence cards were pinned to plywood sheets that covered the main doors. 

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told the somber group that her city “prays in 130 languages” and said that residents there “have really expressed a lot of love and support.”

This is how the Associated Press described the memorial:

The school’s founder and president, Jongin Kim, told mourners under two tents that people connected to the school have been encouraged by an outpouring of support from around the world since the April 2 incident.

“We understand how important it is to continue this mission, which will unquestionably continue despite this tragedy,” Kim said. “We may be a small institution, but we believe that God has greater purposes and has led our school to this point for a reason." 

Those who died in the shooting were Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro;  Judith Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Grace Eunhea Kim, 23, of Union City; Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward; Tshering Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; and Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland.

Law enforcement officials said that Goh, a former nursing student, left the school in November and wanted his tuition back. Earlier this year he bought a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Eight days ago he brought it to the school in industrial east Oakland looking for a particular administrator.

When he didn’t find her, he allegedly took Ping hostage and began shooting. Goh has yet to enter a plea in the case. He is scheduled to return to court at the end of the month.

Oikos University also announced that it was creating a memorial fund to benefit the shooting victims and their families.  The school’s website  lists the names of the victims, instructions for donating to the fund and a benediction- – “We will remember. We will prevail.”

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Photo: Efanye Chibuko touches a picture of his wife, Doris, during a memorial service at Oikos University. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

 
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