Devastated Families Pay Tribute to Their Slain Loved Ones as the 9 Oregon Victims Are Named
The nine people who were shot dead at an Oregon community college were identified on Friday, as the heartbreaking list of victims, ages ranging from 18 to 67, was released by authorities.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified them as Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18; Lucas Eibel, 18; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Jason Dale Johnson, 33; Sarena Dawn Moore, 44; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; and Lawrence Levine, 67.
Lucero Alcaraz was working on making her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse a reality as she attended school entirely funded by scholarships, her sister detailed in an emotional tribute to her sister on her Facebook page.
"I never got the chance to tell you how proud of you I was," Maria Leticia Alcaraz wrote. "You would have been a great pediatric nurse. I was so proud of you for getting you college completely paid through scholarships and you made it into college honors. You were going to do great things love."
Eighteen-year-old Rebecka Carnes was in her first week at the school.
"I'm gonna miss my amazing friend Rebecka Carnes. Why did it have to be you. So sweet and so innocent. We are gonna miss you so much," Carnes' friend Nathan Gilinksy wrote on Facebook.
A GoFundMe account was created to apparently offset the costs of Carnes' funeral. It includes a photo of Carnes in her high school graduation gown, proudly holding up her graduation cap, adorned with the words "And so the adventure begins..."
"Sadly 'And so the adventure begins' as she is wrapped by the arms of Jesus. R.I.P. sweet Angel!" a loved one wrote on the GoFundMe page.
"Our whole family has been rocked by this tragedy and we are all still reeling," Carnes' cousin, Lisa Crawford, wrote on Facebook.
"My heart aches for her parents, sister, grandparents, aunt and uncle. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have watched Becka grow up. She had just started a new job and college classes. This isn't how life is supposed to work and I am struggling to wrap my mind around the entire situation," Crawford wrote.
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, was reportedly a caretaker at Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars and attended UCC with her daughter.
"It is with deep grief in my heart that I must announce that Kim was one of the people killed yesterday at UCC," Dietz's husband, Eric reportedly posted on Facebook, People.com wrote.
"Their daughter, also a student at UCC, was thankfully unharmed," Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars wrote on Facebook.
A GoFundMe account was created to help offset costs of Dietz's funeral, memorial services and related expenses.
"Unexpected expenses follow unexpected deaths," wrote friend Elsa DieLöwin on Facebook, linking to the fundraising page.
Treven Taylor Anspach was a basketball player who dreamed of a life spent with his highschool sweetheart and protecting others in times of need, those who knew him said.
"All he wanted to do in life was to marry his high school sweetheart, be a firefighter like his Dad, and to serve others," Daniel Leeworthy, coach of the Umpqua Riverhawks basketball team wrote on Facebook.
"To me he was a friend and a coaches dream. He was a friend to everyone. Treven we will miss you deeply!" Leeworthy wrote.
Lawrence, or Larry, Levine was an adjunct professor at the college and was teaching English in the classroom that the gunman entered, according to Reuters.
"You touched a lot of hearts and people's lives through the years," friend Linda Loop wrote on Facebook.
"Such a kind gentle soul you were Larry. R.I.P," Debbie Corder Malone wrote.
Quinn Glen Cooper "was taken from us, from the world," devastated family wrote on a GoFundMe page created to help pay for their "final good byes."
"Quinn is everything and he was loved by everyone. He will be missed greatly by many many people please remember him for his fun and witty nature and all of the fun he had with everyone," his loved ones wrote.
Lucas Eibel was studying chemistry on a scholarship at the school, family said in a statement.
"We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years," they said, noting Eibel was an athlete and committed volunteer worker, devoted to helping wildlife.
"Lucas loved FFA, volunteering at Wildlife Safari and Saving Grace animal shelter. He was an amazing soccer player."
Sarena Dawn Moore had a passion for all creatures great and small, as her posts to social media showed her love for animals including dogs and horses.
"It's not an easy subject," Moore's brother, Rick Goin told OregonLive.com of his sister's passing, adding: "One thing I will say is I'm glad the officers, when they did get there, took care of business."
"The shooter is gone and we don't' have to wait for trials and everything else," Goin continued.
Moore was a Seventh-day Adventist who attended church in Grants Pass and listed the church as her employer.
"It's been reported that one of Sarena's last posts on Facebook was an affirmation of her desire to stand up for Jesus and Christianity," the church posted on Facebook. "We urge all Northwest members to pray specifically for the Grants Pass Church and Sarena's extended family as well as our Roseburg area churches."
Jason Dale Johnson was remembered as a man who was proud of his faith and working toward his goals, according to a statement his family released to People.com.
"Jason recently enrolled in school at Umpqua Community College. Jason's mother said that Jason was proud of himself for enrolling in school, and so was his mom. They felt that Jason had finally found his path. His family says that he will be loved and missed," the family said.
On Friday, President Barack Obama ordered flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday in honor of the victims.