Family members of the nine Oregon shooting victims speak out about the tragedy

Meriah Calvert, left, of Roseburg, Ore., and an unidentified woman pray by candles spelling out the initials for Umpqua Community College after a candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. A man opened fire at the school before dying in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ROSEBURG, Oregon — The nine victims who died in the Oregon community college shooting were identified Friday afternoon by the Douglas County Sheriff.

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Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18

Carnes was an aspiring dental hygienist, her mother told The New York Times. She worked at the Walmart Supercenter in Roseburg, according to The Guardian, and was remembered on Twitter as a high school soccer player. “We are at a loss for words,” her dad told Oregon TV station KATU. A memorial fund was started on GoFundMe, and had raised $1,260 of the $10,000 goal by 3:50 p.m. Friday.

“She had the biggest heart an amazing soul,” cousin Bethany Johnson wrote in a Facebook post. “The world clearly (couldn’t) handle that much good.”

CNN reported Friday that Carnes’ family wasn’t prepared to speak further publicly.

Quinn Glen Cooper, 18 

Cooper’s family released the following statement in a news conference on Friday afternoon.

“We are in shock this happened. Quinn was only 18 years old. He just graduated in June from RHS [ Roseburg High School ]. Yesterday was his fourth day of college. Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate, and such a wonderful loving person. He always stood up for people. Quinn and his brother Cody are inseparable. Quinn was going to take his brown belt test on Oct. 19th. He loved dancing and voice acting and playing Ingress with Cody, my oldest son. I don’t know how we are going to move forward with out lives without Quinn. Our lives are shattered beyond repair. We send our condolences to all the families who have been so tragically affected by this deranged gunman. No one should ever have to feel the pain we are feeling.

Please remember the victims and their families. Please remember Quinn. ”^tfw


Lucas Eibel, 18

The family released a statement for Lucas Eibel.

“We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years.”

“Lucas loved FFA, volunteering at Wildlife safari, and Saving Grace animal shelter. He was an amazing soccer player. He graduated Roseburg High School with high academic marks. He was a Ford Family Foundation scholarship recipient. He was studying chemistry. ”

“Memorial donations can  be made to Roseburg High School FFA and to the injured victims.”

Lucero Alcaraz, 19

“You would have been a great pediatric nurse,” her sister wrote on Facebook. “I was so proud of you for getting you college completely paid through scholarships and you made it into college honors. You were going to do great things love. I ache so much right now.”

“I’ll miss her making fun of me when I would attempt to say the Starbucks cup sizes, getting pissed when I would tackle her with kisses or photograph the heck out of her,” her sister, Maria, wrote in another post.

Shortly after that post, she asked that for people to respect her family’s privacy.

Jason Dale Johnson, 33

Johnson’s family released the following statement:

“Jason Johnson, 34, was proud to be a Christian. Jason recently enrolled in school at Umpqua Community College. Jason’s mother said that Jason was proud of himself for enrolling in school, and so was his mom. They felt that Jason had finally found his path. His family says that he will be loved and missed.”

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44

Moore graduated from high school in Reno, Nevada, lived in Myrtle Creek and lived animals, The Oregonian reported. She was a Seventh-day Adventist and listed the church as her employer, according to the newspaper.

“One thing I will say is I’m glad the officers, when they did get there, took care of business,” her brother told the Oregonian. “The shooter is gone and we don’t’ have to wait for trials and everything else.”

Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59

Dietz worked at Pryness Vineyard and Cellars in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

“The Pyrenees family is heartbroken to confirm that our friend Kim Dietz was one of the victims of yesterday’s senseless UCC shooting,” a statement on the company’s Facebook page said Friday morning.

“Kim was our caretaker for many years along with her husband and current Vineyard Manager Eric Dietz. Their daughter, also a student at UCC, was thankfully unharmed. None of us at Pyrenees can make sense of this horrific tragedy. We appreciate your respecting the Dietz family’s privacy in this time of immense sorrow. In these times we must come together, lean on family, and never forget God’s love.”

She formerly lived in Orange County and is also survived by husband Eric Dietz, according to the OC Register. Pyreness created a GoFundMe page to help the family.

Lawrence Levine, 67

Larry Leviene was an assistant professor of English at Umpqua Community College. The New York native lived in nearby Glide, Ore., and attended the University of Oregon, according to his LinkedIn profile. His Facebook page includes page likes for the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants and Oregon Ducks baseball.

KIRO 7 News is respecting families in their times of mourning. The following victim was identified by the sheriff.

Treven Taylor, 20

The Douglas County Sheriff updated his number of those injured in the shooting to nine. The attack shattered the first week of classes in the small town of Roseburg. The college, which is closed, hopes to open early next week.

Click here to read additional details about the shooting, and follow this link for time-stamped updates from the first day’s coverage.

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