SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – October 5, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the victims of the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon.
Gov. Herbert issued the following statement: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless act of violence. To those mourning in Oregon, the people of Utah mourn with you.”
The flags will be flown at half-staff from Friday, October 2 until sunset Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The lowering of the flags will coincide with Sunday’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service when flags would normally be lowered.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office Friday released the names of the victims killed by a gunman Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.
* Lucero Alcaraz, 19, of Roseburg
* Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, of Roseburg
* Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, of Roseburg
* Lucas Eibel, 18, of Roseburg
* Jason Dale Johnson, 33, of Winston
* Lawrence Levine (Teacher), 67, of Glide
* Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, of Myrtle Creek
* Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, of Sutherlin
* Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, of Myrtle Creek
Witnesses said the suspect asked victims to stand before asking them if they were Christian. Anyone who responded “yes” was shot in the head.
One witness’ father said the suspect said, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.'” Another witness said Mercer told them, “This won’t hurt much” or “This won’t hurt for long.”
If they didn’t answer or said “other,” they were shot somewhere else in the body, usually the leg, one of the victims’ relatives said. Another victim quoted the suspect as saying, “I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” before shooting a professor point blank.
The suspect was killed in a firefight with Douglas County sheriff’s deputies at the college in rural Oregon. Local police did not identify the shooter, but other law enforcement sources have confirmed his name.
Neighbors said the suspect lived “most of his life” with his mother in the Los Angeles area and had recently moved to Oregon. He was described as reclusive.