A tribute will be held in El Segundo Saturday in honor of UCLA professor William Klug, a husband and father who was shot to death when a gunman entered his office Wednesday.
Klug, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was said to be a devoted husband and father who helped coach his 7-year-old son’s little league team and loved going to Dodgers games with his family.
"He was such a professionally accomplished person ... such a good person as well ... a rare and wonderful combination," said Westmont College Professor Len Kilhlstrom.
Klug earned his master’s degree at UCLA before returning to the school to teach and do research.
“In layman’s terms, he tried to find out how viruses and membranes and the human heart work … And so today we are heartbroken. … We will miss him forever,” Jayathi Murthy, dean of the engineering school, was quoted by the UCLA Newsroom as saying.
Klug was shot and killed in his office on Wednesday by a former student, who then turned the gun on himself.
More than 200 students and faculty members attended a vigil for Klug held at UCLA Friday.
"It's very tragic to think that I can no longer walk into his office and ask 'boss, do you have time to help me out with this,'" said UCLA graduate student Amit Singh.
A tribute to Klug was planned for Saturday at George Brett Field in El Segundo, where Klug helped coach his son's little league team.
Klug, who was 39, lived in El Segundo with his wife, son and 10-year-old daughter.