Victims mourned after Hollywood director's son kills six

Victims mourned after Hollywood director's son kills six

SANTA BARBARA, United States - Clusters of candles and flowers appeared overnight Saturday to Sunday on the streets of the California town where a Hollywood director's disturbed son killed six people and then himself.

The mementos, along with makeshift signs, were placed at the spots where the gunman - identified as Elliot Rodger, 22 - shot and killed three people late Friday in the town of Isla Vista, outside the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Rodger "repeatedly stabbed" three male victims at his apartment before going on the shooting rampage that wounded 13 others, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a press conference. The survivors were rushed to area hospitals.

Thousands of students and community members sang "Amazing Grace" at a Saturday evening candlelight vigil at the university campus to mourn the victims and try to make sense of the mayhem. The shooter was a student at the nearby City College.

Rodger's father is Peter Rodger, an assistant director of the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster, "The Hunger Games".

Lawyer Alan Shifman, speaking for the Rodger family, said Elliot Rodger had been diagnosed as being a "highly functional Asperger's Syndrome child" and was being treated by "multiple" professionals.

'Day of retribution'

Rodger left tortuous manifestos in print and videos posted online explaining his motive.

In a nearly seven-minute long YouTube rant titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution," the shooter, sitting in a car, complains about women who rejected and ignored him, and vowed to "punish you all for it".

"I'm 22 years old and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl," he says.

Rodger speaks of his life of "loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires".

"I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me," he asks, "but I will punish you all for it."

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