2014-05-22 / Front Page

Recent Westlake High grad among dead in Santa Barbara shooting

Former WHS water polo player was in her first year at UCSB
By Kyle Jorrey

Veronika Weiss
From personal Twitter pageVeronika Weiss From personal Twitter pageVeronika Weiss, a 2013 graduate of Westlake High School, was one of the six people killed during a Friday night shooting rampage in Isla Vista near the campus of UC-Santa Barbara, the Thousand Oaks Acorn has learned.

Though police have not yet released the victims’ names, Weiss’ friends have already taken to social media to express their sadness over her loss.

Weiss, 19, was in her first year at the university. While in high school, she was a member of the Westlake girls’ water polo team, earning second-team All-Marmonte League honors her senior year.

The shooter, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger of Calabasas, also died at the scene from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown called the Isla Vista shooting rampage “the work of a madman.” The shootings began around 9:27 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Rodger reportedly fired his shots from the inside of a black BMW sedan. Other victims were injured when they were run over by the vehicle as Rodger sped through the streets of the tightly-packed Santa Barbara beach community known for its wild party scene.

“I have tried very hard to fit in with the social scene there, but I have ultimately been unable to do so,” Rodger said in a personal blog posted in April.

Also in April, Rodger recorded a video from his father's home in one of the upscale neighborhoods of Calabasas. In the video, Rodger lamented that he was lonely and not popular with girls.

In the YouTube video shown around the country today entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” Rodger says he planned to target sorority girls.

“On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up blond (expletive) I see inside there,” he says. “All those girls that I’ve desired so much.”

According to her Facebook page, Weiss was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at UCSB.

This story will be updated.

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