The life of a 22-year-old Chino Hills woman who died in last month’s Isla Vista mass killings was honored at a packed memorial service Monday afternoon.
Family and friends gathered to remember Katie Cooper in a private event at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills at 4 p.m.
The event got a late start because Cooper’s fellow students from UCSB were delayed in making their way to Chino Hills.
A scholarship in honor of Cooper announced. To donate, go the scholarship’s gofundme.com page.
“She was one link of ever-growing chain of family and friends that will forever be altered and cannot be restored,” an aunt said at the event. “Katie was also one of a kind. … She was a small-town girl … but she was also a world traveler.”
She would bake cookies for friends during finals.
Cooper was a UC Santa Barbara senior majoring in art history and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, the Orange County Register reported shortly after her death. She was a 2010 graduate of Ruben Ayala High School in Chino Hills.
Cooper was with several others outside the Alpha Phi sorority house when gunman Elliot Rodger opened fire on them on May 23, killing Cooper and 19-year-old Veronika Weiss of Westlake Village. A third woman was injured.
Rodger killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage that was apparently fueled by deep anger that he could not attract attention from young women. Within minutes, the violence left crime scenes across the community of Isla Vista, with six UCSB students dead and more than a dozen injured.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was continuing to investigate.