The person who was shot in the Deli later succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Six innocent victims-their hopes and dreams gone, never to be realized. Their parents---in agonizing, emotional pain, left with a wound of emptiness that will only dull with time, but never fully heal. The 13 injured, and all of the students of Isla Vista-their sense of safety & innocence shattered-left to pick up the pieces, and unite as they mourn the loss of their fellow friends.
For all impacted by this heinous tragedy, the bell can't be unrung. The horrific details are imprinted on everyone's mind. The damage is done. We need to do all we can, whatever it takes, to protect our children and never allow this to happen again. Changes have to be made, whatever they may be.
For anyone who has had the privilege to visit Isla Vista, it is indeed a beautiful college town, full of loving, caring, and wonderful students. I hope for them that their vision of IV, and their college experiences will not be marred forever by the evil doings of one person.
For me, I am so relieved that my son is safe, and selfishly, am grateful that he was not in that Deli Friday night. In a few weeks the students will finish their classes for the school year. May the summer bring them comfort, peace, and happiness.
God Bless them all!