L.A. Vigils Scheduled for UCSB Students Killed in Isla Vista Shooting Rampage

Memorials were scheduled for Monday night in Los Angeles to honor the victims of a shooting and stabbing rampage in Isla Vista that left six victims dead and 13 others wounded.

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Thousands of UCSB students and community members gathered for a candlelight vigil and memorial walk on May 24, 2014, to remember victims of a deadly mass rampage. (Credit: KTLA)

The University of California, Los Angeles and Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks planned to host memorials at 8 p.m.

“Please join us in remembering the tragic loss that has affected the lives of so many of our friends. As students of the University of California, we stand in support of those on our sister campus,” a UCLA Facebook event page stated.

All six fatally wounded victims were identified Sunday as University of California, Santa Barbara students.

The Westlake memorial planned to honor shooting victim Veronika Weiss, a 19-year-old who graduated from the campus in 2013.

UCLA attendees were asked to bring candles, lighters or help the campus origami club make paper cranes “to bring to the vigil as a gesture of peace,” the Facebook stated. More than 2,000 peopled RSVP’d “yes” to the event.

Several thousand grieving UCSB students and community members attended a candlelight vigil Saturday night, which began around 7:30 p.m. and was held in Storke Plaza on the UCSB campus.

The event was also organized through Facebook.

“Isla Vista has experienced a tragic loss and the community is shaken,” a description of the event stated on the Facebook page. “Tonight, let us all come together to heal, comfort each other, and to pay tribute to the members of our community who are no longer with us.”

The vigil featured speakers and performers, according to the Facebook page, and it lasted well into the night. At one point, a group of people sang a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Later in the evening, a memorial walk took place in Isla Vista. Walking side by side and holding candles, mourners silently walked through the street in remembrance of the victims.

It was not immediately clear how many attended the candlelight vigil and memorial walk, but more than 4,500 RSVD’d “yes” to the event.

A “Day of Mourning and Reflection” was scheduled at UCSB Tuesday and classes would be cancelled, the university Chancellor Henry Yang said in a statement.

Staff were asked to report to work as usual incase students needed a place to heal and mourn that day, according to the statement.

The campus also established the UC Santa Barbara Community Fund to memorialize the lasting impact and contributions to the community, Yang said in another statement.

Authorities identified the suspect as Elliot Rodger, 22, a student at nearby Santa Barbara City College who lived in Isla Vista.

He was found dead in his black BMW from an apparent gunshot wound to the head in the immediate aftermath of the deadly attacks, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.