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[Update: A previous version of this article identified a housemate of Rodger by name. However, due to a subsequent request by the family to only use his initials, we have removed the victim’s name in accordance with their wishes.]
Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger stabbed to death George Chen, Weihan “David” Wang and an individual identified as C.H., all UCSB students from California, before he began his shooting spree across Isla Vista.
In a press statement released this afternoon, County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Kelly Hoover said the apartment lease lists C.H. and Chen as Rodger’s roommates, but that police have not determined whether Wang was a roommate or was visiting the night of the attack. Police found the three bodies deceased with multiple stab wounds at the 6500 block of Seville Road in Isla Vista within a few hours of the murders, but declined to specify the weapon used to commit the murders.
C.H. was a 20-year old Computer Engineering major from San Jose, California who volunteered as a teaching assistant at Rainbow Chinese School in Cupertino. George Chen was a 19-year old second year also from San Jose. Weihan Wang was a 20-year old from Fremont, California.
In his manifesto, Rodger states his intent to kill his two roommates before beginning his massacre, calling them “utterly repulsive.”
“I would have to kill my roommates to get them out of the way,” Rodger said. “If they were pleasant to live with, I would regret having to kill them, but due to their behavior I now have no regrets about such a prospect.”