The father of the victim of a shooting spree in Isla Vista spoke about his daughter’s memory and gun rights on Monday, the same day her high school held a memorial.
“She was kind, she was the person who would reach out to the kids who weren’t the popular kids … some of the kids who were a little bit like this Rodger kid described himself as being – kind of a little bit of an outcast,” Bob Weiss told CNN.
Veronika Weiss, 19, was one of six University of California, Santa Barbara students who died Friday night after suspected gunman Elliot Rodger stabbed three men in his home then gunned down multiple people in the college community.
In a YouTube video Rodger described himself as lonely and vowed to destroy women, who he said always rejected him.
The father of another victim has advocated for gun control since his son’s death and blamed the National Rifle Association and “craven politicians.”
Bob Weiss said that under the circumstances he supported anything a parent says.
“I’m not ready to get political about it, maybe next week, maybe not. I do know this, the people who write the laws are – they work for us, we pay them – and we need to hold them accountable and if we’re not holding them accountable, then we’re accountable … If we’re not speaking up and writing letters and calling them then we’re part of the problem too.”
Attendees of a vigil for Weiss at Westlake High School on Monday night echoed her father’s sentiments.
“There’s been kids who say, ‘I was the new kid and I didn’t know her she just came up and started talking to me,’ so she was just that kind of person,” former coach Amanda McNutt said.
Hundreds attended the vigil at the Thousand Oaks high school, where Weiss played water polo and graduated in 2013.
“We’re really shocked. The team is really hurt right now,” McNutt said. “She touched a lot of people and for someone who is 19 years old, to have that many people showing up, that’s a lot to say.”