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  • 26 May 2014, 17:11

California Rampage Victims: Their Stories

US police have now named all of the six victims killed in a rampage by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger. Sky News looks at their stories.

UK-born Rodger posted a YouTube video calmly describing how he planned to gun down young women.

He then went on his killing spree in the Californian beach community of Isla Vista on Friday night. Shortly before the shooting, he stabbed three people to death in his apartment complex.

Rodger, the son of an assistant director on popular film The Hunger Games, then shot himself inside his car after a firefight with the police.

All his victims were students at University of California, Santa Barbara. They were:

:: KATIE COOPER

Ms Cooper, 22, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in art history.

Her friend Courtney Benjamin said Ms Cooper, a resident of Chino Hills, California, was a painter with an outgoing side.

"She was a self-proclaimed princess and I love her for that," Ms Benjamin said.

"And I know she has a crown on her head today."

Another friend, Brandon Andre, toldKABC-7:"A lot of us remember her as someone that was very caring, very kind".

:: CHENG YUAN HONG

Mr Hong, 20, was from San Jose, California.

One of Elliot Rodger's roommates, Mr Hong was among the first three killed.

Rodger contacted authorities to report his roommate had allegedly stolen his candles earlier this year. Mr Hong was charged with petty theft and pleaded guilty.

:: GEORGE CHEN

Mr Chen, 19, was among the three young men found dead with multiple stab wounds in Rodger's apartment.

Mr Chen, also from San Jose, was listed on the lease for the apartment along with Mr Hong and Rodger.

:: CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ

Mr Martinez, 20, was an English major from Los Osos, California.

"He was a really great kid. Ask anyone who knew him," his father, Richard Martinez, said during a press conference where he had to fight back tears.

"His death has left our family lost and broken."

He pulled out a photo of his son as a small child in a Chicago Cubs baseball uniform and said they used to call him "mini-Sammy Sosa", referring to the former Cubs star.

Christopher Martinez planned to go to London next year and to law school after graduation.

:: WEIHAN WANG

Mr Wang, 20, of Fremont, California, was among the three young men Rodger killed.

He may have found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Investigators are trying to determine whether he was visiting at the time of the attack or was also a roommate.

:: VERONIKA WEISS

Ms Weiss, 19, was first-year student from Westlake Village, California.

Her family described her as a sports-loving "tomboy".

She was also highly apt with complicated math and wanted to be a "financial wizard", her family said.

She went to Westlake High School where she was a member of the water polo team.

"She was always a happy person," said Eric Pursley, who worked with her at a Target store in Thousand Oaks last year.

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