Slain victims identified in UCC shooting

Remembering victims slain in UCC Shooting

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The nine people killed in the shooting at Umpqua Community College ranged in age from 18 to 67.

Several freshman students and a teacher were among those killed.

Speaking on behalf of the UCC faculty, professor Jan Woodcock shared this message about the victims: 

"To Our Nine: Your lives have gone far from our classrooms now. Your names are known by millions who celebrate the light you have brought to our world. As your dreams take flight with you now, know that they will also live on in us, and with all of those who love you. We carry you with us always."

Note: We will add more photos and details about the victims to this story as we learn them.

Lucero Alcaraz, 19, of Roseburg.

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Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, of Roseburg.

Quinn Cooper had just graduated from Roseburg High School in June. Thursday was his fourth day of college.

"Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate and such a wonderful, loving person. He always stood up for people," his family said in a statement.

Friends of Cooper remember him as one of the most compassionate and caring people they knew.

Cooper loved dancing, voice acting and karate, his family said. He and his brother Cody were inseparable.

"I don't know how we are going to move forward in our lives without Quinn. Our lives are shattered beyond repair. We send our condolences to all the families who have been so tragically affected by this deranged gunman. No one should ever have to feel the pain we are feeling," the family statement said.

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Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, of Roseburg.

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Lucas Eibel, 18, of Roseburg.

Lucas Eibel's family said he loved volunteering at Wildlife Safari and the Saving Grace animal shelter. He also loved the time he spent with the Future Farmers of America. He was studying chemistry at UCC, where he was awarded a scholars award. He was "amazing soccer player," his family said.

"We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years," a family statement said.

Memorial donations in Eibel's name can be made to the Roseburg High School FFA and to the injured victims, his family said.

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Jason Dale Johnson, 34, of Winston, Ore.

Jason Johnson recently enrolled at UCC, his family said in a statement. 

NBC News talked with Johnson's mother. Tonja Johnson Engel said her son had struggled with drug abuse but completed a six-month rehab program and was excited to turn his life around. 

"The other day he looked at me and hugged me and said, 'Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your kids to go to college?' And I said, 'Oh, about 20 years,'" Engel recalled. 

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Lawrence Levine, a 67-year-old UCC teacher from Glide, Ore.

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Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, of Myrtle Creek, Ore.

Sarena Moore "hard a caring heart that was bigger than life itself," her family said in a statement. 

"Whether it was for the horses she loved, the dog she adored, the family members or even the many friends she had since being a young girl, she cared for them endlessly. There are some that believe that had Sarena known her shooter, she would have cared for him as much as she does everyone else," her family said.

"Sarena had a positive attitude and approach to life that was infectious beyond belief. She brought smiles and joy to all that came in contact with her. Starting at age 6, she did gymnastics on horseback so that she could raise money to benefit horsemanship for the handicapped. She also donated her money to support the local horsemanship for the handicapped club. She donated her time to the homeless shelter and assisted with the Special Olympics while living in Reno, NV. She attended U.C.C. so that she could better herself and become even more self-sufficient."


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Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, of Sutherlin, Ore.

Treven Anspach was described by his family as a positive young man who always looked for the best in life.

"Treven was larger than life and brought out the best in those around him," a family statement said.

"In Justin's and Kim's words, Treven was a perfect son."

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Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, of Myrtle Creek, Ore.

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Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said his cousin was among the dead.

"One of the individuals that died is the great granddaughter of my first cousin, so she is my cousin. And I just tell you, it -- every heart is damaged and broken," he said, visibly upset. 

Merkley grew up in the area and said family members on his mother's side and his father's side still reside in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said nine people were injured in the shooting.

A victim who tried to diffuse the situation was shot seven times. Chris Mintz, 30, an Army veteran, walked towards the gunman and tried to talk him out of shooting more people, according to witnesses. A GoFundMe account to pay for Mintz's medical bills has raised over $760,000.

More: Hero shot 7 timers as he stands up to Roseburg shooter 

The shooting was the fourth on a U.S. college campus since August. 

Authorities said the male shooter was killed in a shootout with police shortly around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. 

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USA TODAY and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Editor's note: During Thursday night's Roseburg vigil, we interviewed a girl who said her brother was killed in the shooting. The story is not true and we apologize for the error.


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