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Immigrant parents of Santa Barbara rampage victims speak out

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:39 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> The parents of the first three victims of Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage say they're frustrated by authorities' handling of the case.

The bodies of James Hong, David Wang and George Chen were found inside a beachside apartment the night Rodger went on a killing spree near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, fatally shooting three at random, injuring 13 others before taking his own life.

It's not clear how the slightly built Rodger was able to overpower the three. Rodger was randomly assigned to share the Isla Vista apartment with Hong and Wang. Chen was visiting the pair on May 23.

In a joint interview, the victims' parents told the Washington Post  they visited the crime scene and saw no blood on the walls or ceiling. Police had removed a 6-by-5 foot piece of carpeting in one bedroom and a swath of vinyl flooring around the toilet had been cut. They said the limited amount of material removed from the apartment suggest the killings were confined to a small space.

They criticized the Santa Barbara Sheriff's department for not telling them how they believe the killings were carried out, and said they are angered by public health and legal systems that they said value the rights of the mentally ill, including Rodger, over those who may become their victims.

"The system is clearly broken," said Hong's father, Henry Hong. "It should have protected our sons, who were so innocent and trusting."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said in a statement that the department "owes it to the victim's families and to the public to not prematurely release information before we have all of the facts in this case."

Sheriff Bill Brown has said the men were stabbed repeatedly with sharp objects and called the crime scene "pretty horrific."

The Los Angeles Times reports the men met through their computer engineering classes at UC Santa Barbara, shared a passion for math and science and dreamed of creating a start-up together after graduation. They had each moved from the Bay Area and were the sons of Chinese immigrants.

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cojef wrote:
A hate murder?
on June 21,2014 | 11:46AM
false wrote:
Did he use an African-American gun?
on June 21,2014 | 01:52PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
Obviously, the authorities don't know what they are doing!!!!!!!! Brain dead arrogance!!!!!!!!
on June 21,2014 | 12:45PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Big mistake in assigning people to apartments. Never put two immigrant people together with a single local person. Reason - the two immigrants generally will speak to each other in their native language creating a situation where the local person will feel left out. Over time, the local may build up anger over the situation.
on June 21,2014 | 12:47PM
sailfish1 wrote:
See http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-isla-vista-roommates-20140621-story.html#page=1 which indicates that there was tension between Rogers and the immigrant students from the first day.
on June 21,2014 | 12:56PM
Mythman wrote:
Now Chinese immigrants pursue the American dream while Americans rot in limbo....
on June 21,2014 | 12:55PM
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