Vigil marks one year anniversary of Isla Vista rampage

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Hundreds of blue lights illuminated People's Park Saturday in honor of the six lives tragically taken during a deadly rampage one year ago in Isla Vista.

Hundreds of blue lights illuminated People's Park Saturday in honor of the six lives tragically taken during a deadly rampage one year ago in Isla Vista.

George Chen, James Hong and David Wang were stabbed to death by Elliot Rodger, before Rodger went on a shooting rampage and killed Veronica Weiss, Katie Cooper and Christopher Martinez.

Martinez' father Richard and his uncle Alan spoke to the crowd of students and faculty. They talked about coping with their grief and the gratitude they have for the support they've received.

"We have to remember that making something of this life is not an affront to the dead. We must live our lives to honor the preciousness of their lives, the preciousness of the life of each of us," Richard Martinez said.

"You have no idea how much it means to us to see you here. It just means a lot," Alan Martinez said.

In marking the one year anniversary, students united in their sorrow. Through her tears, George Chen's mother called for an end to gun violence and for love and kindness to prevail.

"I wish you all to have a beautiful life. I wish you all to have a beautiful family of your own, which we had wished for our children. We wish you all to live life full," Kelly Wang said.

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