Declaring it a “Day of Mourning and Reflection,” classes at UC Santa Barbara were canceled for Tuesday in the wake of the deadly violent rampage in Isla Vista that left six students dead and more than a dozen others injured, university officials announced.
“In light of the tragic events that occurred on Friday night, after discussions with the Academic Senate, Associated Students, and our administrative colleagues, we are declaring Tuesday, May 27th a Day of Mourning and Reflection,” UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang and Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Joel Michaelsen said in a statement posted the university’s website.
Classes would not be held, but faculty was asked to be available on campus to meet with students. A normal schedule would resume on Wednesday, according to Yang and Michaelsen.
The school had already been scheduled to be closed on Monday due to Memorial Day.
Also on Tuesday, a memorial service organized by students, staff and faculty was scheduled to be held at Harder Stadium beginning at 4 p.m., while a memorial wall was also being planned at Pardall Center, the statement said.
Six UCSB students were killed Friday when alleged attacker Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed three men to death in his apartment before going on a shooting spree in the seaside college town that ended when the Santa Barbara City College student took his own life, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims have been identified by the Sheriff’s Office as: Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, Chris Martinez, 20, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20.
“This is a period of mourning for all of us,” Yang and Michaelsen said in the statement. “On Tuesday we will remember and honor the victims of this horrible event, and come together as an academic community to reflect, talk with each other, and think about the future. As terrible as these past two days have been, they make us believe in our students and the entire UCSB community more than ever.”
Counselors will be available for in-person visits all day on Tuesday at the Student Resource Building to provide support for students, faculty or staff members, according to the statement.
A fund has been established to help the victims of the Isla Vista rampage and their families.