Friends mourn Portland student killed in Seattle

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Friends mourn Portland student killed in Seattle


by KING 5 News, KGW and Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 7:30 AM

SEATTLE - Students at Seattle Pacific University identified the person killed in Thursday’s shooting as Paul Lee, a 19-year-old freshman from Portland. 

Classes were canceled Friday at Seattle Pacific University following the shooting at Otto Miller Hall. The university held a service of "prayer, lament and worship" at noon at the First Free Methodist Church on campus. 

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In Portland and Beaverton, Lee's Westview High School classmates and teachers mourned the former Key Club member, who was described as "really funny" and "a great guy."

"He was just always happy, giving smiles to everybody," said his friend Mike Chang. 

Lee's Japanese teacher at Westview remembered him as a "ray of light." 

"It was impossible to be around him and  not to be happy," Brian Bangerter said. 

One of Lee's closest friends told KGW he couldn't imagine not being able to hear his friend's laugh one more time. 

"To be honest, sometimes I don't even know why we would be laughing, but just hearing his laugh is priceless. Even though Paul was one of my close friends, it doesn't take much for him to be loved by many others," said Jason Nguyen. "He touched everyone in ways one cannot imagine."  

On Saturday, mourners created a memorial outside of Lee's parents' home.

Two people wounded in the attack remained at Harborview Medical Center. Sarah William, 19, was upgraded from critical to serious condition. A 24-year-old student was also injured was in satisfactory condition with shotgun pellet wounds in his neck and chin. He was released Friday evening.

Lee died on Thursday from gunshot wounds.

Jon Meis, the building monitor who helped subdue the suspect, was checked into the hospital Thursday and then released. He was not injured.

When the shooter stopped to reload, Meis pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.

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"There are a number of heroes in this," Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. "The people around him [the gunman] stepped up."

On Friday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray commended Meis and the others who helped stop the gunman. He also urged Seattle and the country to work harder to prevent gun violence.

"We need to have a rational conversation about the number of guns that are out there in the wrong hands," Murray said. "We've reached a point in this nation where we must find a solution. We have no choice." 


KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.