Memorial held for Oikos University shooting victims

(KGO)
April 10, 2012 8:59:16 PM PDT
A memorial service was held on campus Tuesday for the Oikos University shooting victims. Staff, students, along with local and international dignitaries honored the seven people killed last Monday by a former student.

The weather mirrored the mood at the somber ceremony, but it did not keep people from attending. About 100 people showed up and every seat was taken.

One of the first people to address attendees was Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. "The people of Oakland have really expressed a lot of love and support for you," she said. "This is a city that prays in 130 languages, that's as diverse as your school. It is one where people ask me all the time, 'Is there something we can do?'"

The university has also been holding daily noontime concerts to remember the victims, but Tuesday's was much more somber and brought a variety of mourners including family members of the victims, dignitaries, and some people who barely knew the victims but were still touched.

One woman told ABC7 that some of the students had been interning at her nursing clinic at a prison. She described them as eager about their profession and excited about their future. "I just feel that they're a part of us as well. That's why I'm here," Deborah Johnson-White said. "I didn't know them very long. And, I just thought it was only appropriate for me to represent our department."

43-year-old One Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. He is due back in court at the end of the month and has not yet entered a plea. He is a former nursing student at the university.

U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, who was also at the ceremony, has been working with some of the victim's families to get their relatives to the U.S. from overseas. The Korean Consul-General of San Francisco was also in attendance and addressed the crowd.

One university administrator said the school could possibly resume classes next week.

At Oikos University, the campus will remain closed through spring break. But a series of musical memorials will continue.

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