ROSEBURG, Oregon (Oct. 2, 2015) — A quadruplet, an aspiring pediatric nurse, and a man who had finally found his path in life. Recent high school graduates experiencing their fourth day of college. Beloved sons and daughters.
They were among the nine people killed Thursday when a gunman stormed the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave their names and ages along with brief family statements. Here is more about the victims:
*Note: Photos of the victims and more information about them will be added if released by family members.
Lucero Alcaraz, 19
Lucero Alcaraz was from Roseburg and graduated from Roseburg High School this year.
She was one of 87 students who qualified to become UCC Scholars, according to a release from the college.
According to a post on her sister Maria’s Facebook page, it appears Lucero wanted to be a pediatric nurse.
“I’ll miss her making fun of me when I would attempt to say the Starbucks cup sizes, getting pissed when I would tackle her with kisses or photograph the heck out of her,” her sister wrote. “Sister, I miss you, I love you, and I wish I could see you walk through the front door right this second. I don’t know how I will make it through this …I don’t know if I can ever relieve this pain. Rest in piece sister…I’ll see you soon.”
Lucas Eibel, 18
Lucas Eibel was a quadruplet with two brothers and a sister. According to the Roseburg News-Review, the quadruplets graduated from Roseburg High School this year.
Eibel, who graduated with high marks, was studying chemistry, his family said. Like Alcaraz, he was selected as a UCC Scholar.
“We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years,” his family said in a statement.
Eibel loved the Future Farmers of America, volunteering at the Wildlife Safari animal park in nearby Winston and a local animal shelter, his family said. He was “an amazing soccer player.”
Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18
Rebecka Carnes was from Myrtle Creek, just south of Roseburg. She graduated from South Umpqua High School in June, according to the News-Review.
Quinn Glen Cooper, 18
Quinn Cooper was from Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said. His family said he graduated in June from Roseburg High School. Thursday was his fourth day of college.
“We are in shock this happened,” the family said in a statement.
“Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate, and such a wonderful loving person. He always stood up for people.”
He and his brother Cody were inseparable, the family said. They loved playing the video game Ingress together.
Cooper loved dancing and voice acting and was going to take his brown belt test in martial arts on October 10, the family said.
“I don’t know how we are going to move forward with our lives without Quinn,” they said. “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.”
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59
Kim Dietz was from Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said.
Jason Dale Johnson, 33
Jason Johnson was from Winston, just south of Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said.
His family said in a statement that Johnson “was proud to be a Christian” and had only recently enrolled in school.
“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.”
Lawrence Levine, 67
Lawrence Levine, from Glide, about 16 miles northeast of Roseburg, was the teacher in the classroom that was attacked, the sheriff’s office said.
Sarena Dawn Moore, 44
Sarena Moore was from Myrtle Creek, the sheriff’s office said.
Treven Taylor Anspach, 20
Treven Anspach was from Sutherlin, just north of Roseburg. Chief Greg Marlar of the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 said Anspach was part of the fire and EMS family, though his exact role wasn’t immediately known.
“Obviously we are family, and this hurts,” Marlar said.
Relative of Sen. Jeff Merkley
The U.S. senator said that one of those killed was a distant cousin. He did not name the victim but said she was the great-granddaughter of his first cousin.
“This is a small town and everyone is affected,” Merkley said.
Merkley was born just south of Roseburg and still has family there.