This year’s Memorial Day weekend was filled with tragedy for Californians — a tragedy that might have been prevent if  parents’ warnings about their mentally ill son had been pursued.

Six University of California Santa Barbara students were killed Friday in a spree murder.  The school has cancelled classes in mourning for the profound loss.

UC Santa Barbara canceled classes for Tuesday as the campus mourned six students killed in a rampage on Friday.

The school, however, said faculty and staff will be on campus to offer support and counseling to students.

The dead students have now been identified as:

  • Veronika Weiss, 19, from Westlake, CA
  • Katherine Breann Cooper, 22, from Chino Hills, CA
  • Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, from Los Osos, CA
  • Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, from San Jose, CA
  • George Chen, 19, from San Jose, CA
  • Weihan Wang, 20, from Fremont, CA

Authorities have  determined that the killer was a troubled off-and-on student at Santa Barbara City College named Elliot Rodger. Rodger shot and killed himself at the end of the shooting spree.

Authorities have identified the killer, who left various video and written manifestos saying that he was seeking to kill sorority women and others at the university as revenge for the way women had rejected him. The killer — who subsequently shot himself — has been identified as a student who enrolled but frequently dropped out of classes at Santa Barbara City College.

Rodger posted a video on YouTube prior to the killings. In it, he outlined what he was going to do and said that the women deserved it for rejecting him. The Los Angeles Times published a transcript of the video. “On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. All those girls I’ve desired so much. They have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance toward them, while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes,” the video says. “I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male.”

The YouTube video of one of Rodger’s many disturbing dialogs is below.

Given that Roger was a Caucasian male who used a gun and shot women has been used by progressives to underscore their assertions about “angry white men,” “War on Women,” the need for gun control, and American culture in general.  Rodger was even identified as “conservative” on social media sites.

The following item from Sarah Jones in politicsusa.com is a sample of this inaccurate analysis.

So, I know it’s ugly. I know it’s hard to hear. But we are teaching susceptible young men and boys the wrong things about women. These angry men commit horrible acts against women because they feel rejected and feel entitled to a beautiful woman of their own. A desirable object. A trophy. The Stop Violence Against Women lethality assessment finds a relationship between this sense of entitlement and lethality of violence, “Some men who batter believe that their wives or partners belong to them. A batterer who believes he is absolutely entitled to his female partner, her services, her obedience and her loyalty is likely to be life endangering.”

…But instead, as a culture, we will try to take fake solace in the idea that this killer was mentally “disturbed”.

Jones tries to minimize a few key aspects of this slaughter. First, as Rodger’s “Retribution” video clearly shows, mental pathology was a factor in the killings. Furthermore, Rodger’s victims were not all women, as this video featuring the shooting at the IV Deli Mart that claimed the life of Michaels-Martinez demonstrates.

Twitchy.com debunks the rapidly developing myths surrounding this horror, pointing out that the killer stabbed as well as shot victims, that more than half of the victims were male, and that his preferred Youtube channel was quite liberal. In fact, a glance at the day’s headlines show the elite media is stressing the “shooting” aspect this tragedy.

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The mental illness aspect of Rodger’s actions must be stressed, however. Reports indicate that family members were desperately trying to warn police for several weeks, but the investigators failed to view the Youtube video collection.

The parents of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger had read his chilling manifesto and were frantically trying to stop their son carry out his plan when they heard of the massacre on the radio, it emerged Sunday.

…After Mrs Rodger came across his YouTube videos in April, she called one of his therapists, who then called a Santa Barbara mental health hotline, Astaire said.

A woman on the hotline called police to check on him and six policemen showed up at his house in Isla Vista on April 30.

But, crucially, it has now emerged that they hadn’t seen the videos even though those recordings were what prompted his parents to call authorities.

The warnings were ignored and six wonderful young people are dead. Race, culture, “gun control” or victim gender are immaterial when a mentally-ill narcissist seeks to slaughter the innocents in a sick quest for social media fame.

Candlelight vigils and other memorials have sprung up throughout the Santa Barbara area. Additionally, formal vigils for the victims are now set for campuses across the University of California community, including UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz.

(Featured image from BBC video on the UC Santa Barbara cancellation of classes.)