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The UC Santa Barbara community is grieving after tragedy struck Isla Vista Friday night. In a video he posted to YouTube, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger–a Santa Barbara City College student and son of “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger–vowed to “slaughter” people around the UCSB campus as an act of retribution. He specifically mentions targeting the “hottest sorority house of UCSB,” which we’d later learn is Alpha Phi. Rodger also wrote a 137-page manifesto outlining his plans to carry out the attack.
The retribution Rodger refers to is vengeance for all the girls who haven’t given him the affection he feels he’s deserved. In the video, he reveals that he’s a virgin and admits to feeling lonely and sexually deprived.
The video shows Rodger sitting in the driver’s seat of his BMW. He talks about his plans to carry on the mass shooting and his reasoning behind it. The video has been removed from YouTube, but you can watch it on TMZ if you’d like. I don’t recommend it, however. It’s one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.
Here’s an excerpt, via the Los Angeles Times:
“I’m 22 years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, 2½ years, more than that actually, I’m still a virgin. It has been very torturous,” he said. “The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration.”
“”You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer,” he said. “All you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men. And all of you men for living a better life than me, all of you sexually active men. I hate you. I hate all of you. I can’t wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation.”
The tragedy began when Rodger fatally stabbed three roommates at his apartment complex at the 6500 block of Seville Road in Isla Vista. He then drove a few blocks to the Alpha Phi house where he shot at three girls, killing two of them. According to their chapter Twitter account, the two girls fatally shot were not members of the sorority. Rodger’s last stop was a local deli where he shot and killed another UCSB student. He then took off through the streets of Isla Vista, shooting at innocent pedestrians before getting into a shootout with police. Rodger was later found dead in his car with a gunshot wound to the head, appearing to be self-inflicted.
Another senseless act of violence hits a college campus. What a nightmare. We extend our thoughts to all affected by this tragedy.
UPDATE: We have learned the two girls killed by Rodger are members of Delta Delta Delta at UCSB. Thoughts go out to the friends and family of the victims.
[via Los Angeles Times]
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