PETALING JAYA - For someone who felt unloved and wanted revenge for that, Elliot Rodger was a much-loved child.
His Malaysian-born mother Ong Li Chin thought the world of her children, her good friend from Penang, Helen Yap said.
Yap, a well-known music producer and composer, knew Ong from their days together in Pulau Tikus on the island.
"Li Chin would always sign off her name as well as her children's names in Christmas cards," she said.
Foreign wire reports stated that Ong hurried to try to stop her son from carrying out his death wish. She searched frantically for her son after he posted a 140-page document "My Twisted World - The Story of Elliot Rodger" on Friday.
In it, he had lamented about how women did not like him and wanted to take revenge on them. The 22-year-old also expressed frustration at still being a virgin.
He later went out and stabbed three people to death before gunning down three others.
"We were all devastated upon learning about the tragedy. It came as a shock," Yap added.
Yap also said Rodger would have been a hit with the girls had he grown up in Malaysia.
Although Ong and other schoolmates grew apart over the years, Yap said they had always felt a special attachment towards each other.
She added that they only found out through the media that Elliot had been seeing a therapist from the age of eight.
Another of Ong's schoolmates, who did not want to be named, said that like most children, Rodger wanted to do things his way.
She recalled that the boy had refused to take his shoes off when he was entering a house in Penang.
Rodger, who was born in England and grew up in United States, was not accustomed to the Malaysian culture of being barefoot in the house.
"That is all I remember about him when his mother brought him to Penang for a holiday when he was about 10 or 11," she said. (According to his own document, Rodger was 13 when he visted Penang).
Ong, now 53, had brought her son and daughter to visit Penang many years ago.
She then posted in a Penang website about her visit to Penang with her children, Elliot and Georgia.
"After being all around the world, having lived in the UK and now in Los Angeles, working alongside famous Hollywood figures - I can truly say you guys over there in Pulau Tikus still have ... my fondest memories," she wrote.