Robin Williams Dies At The Tender Age Of 63 In An Apparent Suicide.


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Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

 

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

 

Around 11:55 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s officials said, a 911 call came in about a man unresponsive in his home in Tiburon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dubbed “the funniest man alive” by Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Williams brought audiences hours of laughter, putting his imaginative spin on characters in film and television. He was lauded for his serious roles as well, winning a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon’s math genius in “Good Will Hunting”(1997), and receiving nominations for “The Fisher King” (1991), “Dead Poets Society” (1989) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987).

 

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Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams became one of only two students accepted into John Houseman’s prestigious acting program at Julliard, the other being Christopher Reeve, who became a lifelong friend.

 

Williams gained fame as Mork, the bizarre, suspenders-sporting alien on the sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” a spinoff from “Happy Days.” Williams departed from the script so often that producers intentionally left blank moments on page for Williams to have space to indulge his ad-libbing genius.

 

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BREAKING NEWS:Robin Williams dies aged 63 after ‘committing suicide’ in his California home following battles with depression

 

By MARK DUELL

 

Actor Robin Williams has died aged 63 from an apparent suicide, police in California said tonight.

 

His wife Susan Schneider confirmed the tragic news and spoke of her ‘profound grief’. ‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.

 

‘As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’

 

A statement by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California said: ‘On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.’

 

‘The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12pm.

 

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An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

 

‘Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10pm on August 10, 2014.

 

‘Mr Williams was located this morning shortly before the 911 call was placed to Marin County Communications.

 

‘At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.

 

‘A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.’

 

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Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for photographs in Sydney, Dec. 5, 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet two.

Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for photographs in Sydney, Dec. 5, 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet two.

Big break: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Morkl and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence.

Big break: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Morkl and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence.

Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

 

His wife Susan Schneider, issued a statement after the tragic news.

 

‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

 

‘I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

 

‘As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’

 

His family also issued this statement on the tragic passing of the Oscar winner.

 

‘Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late,’ Mara Buxbaum, press representative, said in a statement.

 

‘This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.’

 

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show ‘Mork and Mindy,’ through his standup act and such films as ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement.

 

Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.

 

He was a riot in drag in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ or as a cartoon genie in ‘Aladdin.’ He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film ‘Good Will Hunting.’

 

He was no less on fire in interviews.

 

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During a 1989 chat with The Associated Press, he could barely stay seated in his hotel room, or even mention the film he was supposed to promote, as he free-associated about comedy and the cosmos.

 

‘There’s an Ice Age coming,’ he said. ‘But the good news is there’ll be daiquiris for everyone and the Ice Capades will be everywhere. The lobster will keep for at least 100 years, that’s the good news. The Swanson dinners will last a whole millennium. The bad news is the house will basically be in Arkansas.’

 

Like so many funnymen, he had serious ambitions, winning his Oscar for his portrayal of an empathetic therapist in ‘Good Will Hunting.’

 

He also played for tears in ‘Awakenings,’ ‘Dead Poets Society’ and ‘What Dreams May Come,’ something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor’s ‘Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes.’

 

Williams also won three Golden Globes, for ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘The Fisher King.’

 

His other film credits included Robert Altman’s ‘Popeye’ (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky’s ‘Moscow on the Hudson,’ Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Deconstructing Harry.’

 

On stage, Williams joined fellow comedian Steve Martin in a 1988 Broadway revival of ‘Waiting for Godot.’

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Actor Robin Williams Found Dead In His Home; Suicide Suspected

 

 

 

SO SAD: Actor Robin Williams Has Died at 63 – 8/11/2014

 

 

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings(1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye(1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

 

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

 

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office suggested the cause of death to be suicide by asphyxiation, though it is still under investigation.

 

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Early life

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region. His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams’ ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French. He was raised in the Episcopal Church (while his mother practiced Christian Science). He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School, and later moved to Woodacre, Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School. Williams studied at Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men’s College). In-between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. He has two half-brothers: Todd (who died August 14, 2007) and McLaurin.

 

Williams has described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high-school drama department.

 

In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School, and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year, the other being Christopher Reeve. In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble mastering all dialects quickly. Williams left Juilliard in 1976.

 

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Williams at the premier of Happy Feet Two in 2011
Birth name Robin McLaurin Williams
Born July 21, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 11, 2014 (aged 63) (asphyxia)
Tiburon, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1972–2014
Genres Character comedy, physical comedy, improvisational comedy,satire/political satire, observational comedy, blue comedy
Influences Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor,Jonathan Winters, George Carlin,Chuck Jones, Spike Milligan
Influenced Conan O’Brien, Frank Caliendo, Dat Phan, Jo Koy,Gabriel Iglesias,Alexei Sayle, Eddie Murphy
Spouse Valerie Velardi (m. 1978–88)
Marsha Garces Williams
(m. 1989–2008)
Susan Schneider (m. 2011)
Children 3
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1987 Carol and Carl and Whoopi and Robin
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy
1978 Mork & Mindy
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1991 The Fisher King
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
Special Achievement Award
1992 Aladdin
Cecil B. Demille Award
2005
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Recording
1980 Reality…What a Concept
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
1988 A Night at the Met
1989 Good Morning, Vietnam
2003 Robin Williams – Live 2002
Best Spoken Word Album
2003 Live 2002
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast – Motion Picture
1996 The Birdcage
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting

 

Television career

After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days after impressing the producer with his quirky sense of humor when he sat on his head when asked to take a seat for the audition. As Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue and physical comedy, speaking in a high, nasal voice. Mork’s appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982; the show was written to accommodate Williams’ improvisations. Although he played the same character as in his appearance in Happy Days, the show was set in the present day, in Boulder, Colorado, instead of the late 1950s in Milwaukee. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other merchandise.

 

Starting in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Williams began to reach a wider audience with his standup comedy, including three HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1982), and Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986). Also in 1986, Williams co-hosted the 58th Academy Awards.

 

His stand-up work has been a consistent thread through his career, as is seen by the success of his one-man show (and subsequent DVD) Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002). He was voted 13th on Comedy Central‘s list “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time” in 2004.

 

Williams, along with Billy Crystal, appeared in a cameo together at the beginning of an episode of the third season of Friends. Both Williams and Crystal’s parts were not originally in the script. They were apparently in the building where the show was shooting and were asked to improvise their lines. Williams appeared on an episode of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 3, Episode 9: November 16, 2000). During a game of “Scenes from a Hat”, the scene “What Robin Williams is thinking right now” was drawn, and Williams stated “I have a career. What the hell am I doing here?”[28] On December 4, 2010, he appeared with Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live in the sketch What Up with That. In 2012, he guest starred as himself in two FX series, Louie and Wilfred

 

In February 2013, the CBS network announced it had picked up a pilot episode for a David E. Kelley comedy called The Crazy Ones that stars Williams. The series was officially picked up on May 10, 2013. Williams plays Simon Roberts, a father who works with his daughter (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in an advertising office. The series premiered in the Thursday 9/8c timeslot on September 26, 2013.

 

 

Film roles

Most of Williams’ acting career was in film, although he gave some performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godotwith Steve Martin). His first film was the 1977 comedy Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? His performance in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) resulted in Williams being nominated for an Academy Award. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos.

 

His role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin (1992) was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Williams used his voice talents again in Fern Gully, as the holographic Dr. Know in the 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence, in the 2005 animated film Robots, the 2006 Academy Award-winning Happy Feet, and an uncredited vocal performance in the film Everyone’s Hero. He was also the voice of The Timekeeper, a former attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort about a time-traveling robot who encounters Jules Verne and brings him to the future.

 

Williams’ roles in dramatic films garnered him an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Huntingas well as two previous Academy Award nominations: for playing an English teacher in Dead Poets Society(1989), and for playing a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King (1991). That same year he played an adult Peter Panin the movie Hook. Other acclaimed dramatic films include Awakenings (1990) and What Dreams May Come (1998). In the 2002 film Insomnia, Williams portrayed a writer/killer on the run from a sleep-deprived Los Angeles policeman (played by Al Pacino) in rural Alaska. Also in 2002, in the psychological thriller One Hour Photo, Williams played an emotionally disturbed photo development technician who becomes obsessed with a family for whom he has developed pictures for a long time.

 

In 2006, Williams starred in The Night Listener, a thriller about a radio show host who realizes that a child with whom he has developed a friendship with may or may not exist; that year, he starred in five movies, including Man of the Year, was the Surprise Guest at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on January 30, 2006.

 

Williams is known for his improvisational skills and impersonations, and his performances frequently involve impromptu humor designed and delivered in rapid-fire succession while on stage. According to the Aladdin DVD commentary, most of his dialogue as the Genie was improvised.

 

At one point, he was in the running to play the Riddler in Batman Forever until director Tim Burton dropped the project. Earlier, Williams had been a strong contender to play the Joker in Batman. He had expressed interest in assuming the role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, although the part of the Joker was played by Heath Ledger, who went on to win, posthumously, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 

He was portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos in the made-for-TV biopic Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005), documenting the actor’s arrival in Hollywood as a struggling comedian.

 

Stand-up career

 

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Williams has done a number of stand-up comedy tours since the early 1970s. Some of his most notable tours include An Evening With Robin Williams (1982), Robin Williams: At The Met (1986) and Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway (2002). The latter broke many long-held records for a comedy show. In some cases, tickets were sold out within thirty minutes of going on sale.

 

After a six-year break, in August 2008 Williams announced a brand new 26-city tour titled “Weapons of Self Destruction”. He was quoted as saying that this was his last chance to make cracks at the expense of the current Bush Administration, but by the time the show was staged only a few minutes covered that subject. The tour started at the end of September 2009, finishing in New York on December 3, and was the subject of an HBO special on December 8, 2009.

 

Theatre career

In theatre, Williams has headed his own one-man show, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, that played at The Broadway Theatrein July 2002. He made his Broadway acting debut in Rajiv Joseph‘s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 31, 2011. He previously appeared opposite Steve Martin at Lincoln Center in an Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot.

 

Personal life

 

Marriages and children

Robin Williams’ first marriage was to Valerie Velardi on June 4, 1978. They have one child, Zachary Pym (Zak) (born April 11, 1983). During Williams’ first marriage, he was involved in an extramarital relationship with Michelle Tish Carter, a cocktail waitress whom he met in 1984. She sued him in 1986, claiming that he did not tell her he was infected with the herpes simplex virus before he embarked on a sexual relationship with her in the mid-1980s, during which, she said, he transmitted the virus to her. The case was settled out of court. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.

 

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, his son’s nanny, who was already several months pregnant with his child. They have two children, Zelda Rae (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (born November 25, 1991). However, in March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences.

 

Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California. Their residence was Williams’ house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

 

 

Family and friends

While studying at Juilliard, Williams befriended Christopher Reeve. They had several classes together in which they were the only students, and they remained good friends for the rest of Reeve’s life. Williams visited Reeve after the horse riding accident that rendered him a quadriplegic, and cheered him up by pretending to be an eccentric Russian doctor (similar to his role in Nine Months). Williams claimed that he was there to perform a colonoscopy. Reeve stated that he laughed for the first time since the accident and knew that life was going to be okay.

 

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On August 14, 2007, Williams’ elder brother, Robert Todd Williams, died of complications from heart surgery performed a month earlier.

 

Addiction and health problems

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had an addiction to cocaine. Williams was a close friend of and frequent partier alongside John Belushi. He said the death of his friend and the birth of his son prompted him to quit drugs: “Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped too.”

 

On August 9, 2006, Williams checked himself in to a substance-abuse rehabilitation center (located in Newberg, Oregon), later admitting that he was an alcoholic. His publicist delivered the announcement:

 

After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.

 

Williams was hospitalized in March 2009 due to heart problems. He postponed his one-man tour in order to undergo surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery was successfully completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Williams discussed the fact that Propofol had been used on him during his operation, the same drug which had been involved in the death of Michael Jackson. Williams commented that Jackson had been taking the drug to sleep, which he compared to “doing chemotherapy because you’re tired of shaving your head”. This comment caused much hilarity among the audience and other guests, but Williams emphasised the fact that Propofol is a “devastatingly powerful drug” that should be only administered in hospital, whereas Jackson had been using it at home.

 

Other interests

Williams was a member of the Episcopal Church. He described his denomination in a comedy routine as “Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt.”

 

Williams was an avid enthusiast of video games, even naming two of his children after game characters. He named his daughter afterPrincess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda action-adventure game series. They both have even been featured in an ad for the Nintendo 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. On this note, his son may have been named after Cody from thebeat ‘em up game Final Fight. He also enjoys pen-and-paper role-playing games and online video games, recently playing Warcraft 3, Day of Defeat, Half-Life,[62] and the first-person shooter Battlefield 2 as a sniper. He was also previously a fan of the Wizardry series of role-playing video games.

 

On January 6, 2006, he performed live at Consumer Electronics Show during Google’s keynote. In the 2006 E3, on the invitation of Will Wright, he demonstrated the creature editor of Spore while simultaneously commenting on the creature’s look: “This will actually make a platypus look good.” He also complimented the game’s versatility, comparing it to Populous and Black & White. Later that year, he was one of several celebrities to participate in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day.

 

A fan of professional road cycling, he was a regular on the US Postal and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team bus and hotels during the years Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour de France.[68] He owned over 50 bicycles.

 

He enjoyed rugby union and was a big fan of former All Black, Jonah Lomu.

 

Williams was a supporter of eco-friendly vehicles. He drove a Toyota Prius, and was on the waiting list for an Aptera 2 Series electric vehicle before the company folded in December 2011.

 

In 2010, Williams announced that he would love to play The Riddler in the next installment to the Batman films by director Christopher Nolan, though Nolan has stated that The Riddler would not be featured in the film.

 

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Charity work

Williams and his former wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Williams devotes much of his energy to charity work, including the Comic Relief fundraising efforts (the program is hosted by himself, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg). In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “It’s Only Rock & Roll” for the charity Children’s Promise.

 

In response to the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake, Williams donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to helping rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund with the words “I hope this donation will go some way to helping the extensive rebuilding effort in the city.” Williams has performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Williams also actively supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for several years.

 

Death

Williams was found unconscious in his home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at around 12 noon on August 11, 2014. The Marin County Coroner Division suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation.[78] According to his publicist, Williams was “battling severe depression” in the time before his death, though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide.

 

Williams’ wife said, “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

 

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Suicide is never a solution to any life problem. Suicide is a selfish act that crushes loved ones left behind. Mr. Williams had a wife, and a daughter that just celebrated her 25th year on this earth. They deserve better. I sincerely hope he is at peace from this point forward.

Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community. This MUST STOP.


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Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

 

  Saturday, June 28, 2014

 

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.

 

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Tiffany Edwards, 28

 

Local news reports identified her as DeAndre Edwards and didn’t mention her gender identity, but BRAVO — the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization — said Edwards identified as Tiff or Tiffany.

 

BRAVO also said it believes the murder was hate-motivated and that Edwards was targeted based on perception of her gender identity and expression.

 

“BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted,” Executive Director Gloria McCauley said in a statement.

 

Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO training and technical assistance director said it’s the fourth killing nationwide this month of a transgender woman of color. A 2013 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that transgender people were the victims in half the hate-crime killings of LGBT people, and people of color are the victims  in 75 percent of the killings.

 

Edwards’ death is the fourth murder of a transgender woman in Ohio in the past 18 months, and the third murder of a young transgender woman of color:

 

 

  • Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her Cleveland apartment in December by a home health worker.

 

  • Brittany Stergis, 22, was found dead in a car in Cleveland, also in December. She had been shot to death. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder earlier this month.

 

“The brutality and violence we see being committed against trans communities of color is real. It’s happening in our own cities, in our own state. This violence needs to end. Trans lives matter,” Shane Morgan, said founder and chair of TransOhio.

 

McCauley said the latest killing underscores the need for discussion and action on hate crimes against LGBT people. Ohio’s hate-crimes law does not cover crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

The murders of two other transgender women are being investigated in California and in Florida.

 

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Body of transgender woman found burned, dumped behind garbage bin

 

 Monday, June 23, 2014

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More than 200 people attended a vigil Sunday to honor a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Fla., last week.

 

The bloody and charred body of 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 19.

 

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31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

 

Workers reported that Shancez’ body was “still smoldering” when she was discovered.

 

Family and friend describe Shancez — nicknamed “Miss T” — as a proud transgender woman who loved being surrounded by endless relatives at family barbecues, and who never forgot to say I love you.

 

No arrests have been made in what authorities are calling a homicide, but have not classified as a hate crime.

 

In 2013, 13 of the 18 documented anti-LGBTQ homicides were transgender women and 89 percent of the victims were people of color, GLAAD reports.

 

In California, police are investigating the death of another transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif.

 

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Not one single human is safe in this nation until every single human is safe in this nation. The sexual orientation of a person does not allow for that person to be abused, bullied, harassed or systematically murdered.

 

What makes a coward man think he has the right to take a life, especially because he is too chickenshit to accept the fact that humans have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness dependent upon their own individual ideas of what life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to them?

 

The problem with Americans in 2014 is their lack of the ability to mind their own muthafuckin business and leave others the fuck alone. I hate AmeriKKKa and coward ass AmeriKKKans.

 

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President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.


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From The President….President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, watch on television as first lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington

Hi, everyone –

 

Today, I’m thinking about all the dads across the country, spending time with family and loved ones — and especially those fathers serving our country overseas, who can’t be home with their kids today.

 

But I’m also thinking about all the young people out there who don’t have a dad in their lives at all — or who don’t always enjoy the opportunities and support that come with having strong role models.

 

It reminds me why we started the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the first place: because we need to do more to help young people go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them, no matter what they look like or where they grow up.

 

I know I’m only here because people took a chance on me, and believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself. And I want to give more kids that chance. It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort, from the folks on my staff — to you.

 

You can invest in our young people, and help them be successful. You can commit to doing it right now.

 

Make a pledge to mentor a young person in your community here.

 

For me, this is personal.

 

And for millions of young Americans around the country, it just might be life-changing.

 

Thank you — and Happy Father’s Day.

President Barack Obama

 

 

Happy Fathers Day To Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

You just can’t fake this………….

 

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A Group You Should Know: Women Against Gun Violence. (WAGV)


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I was 6 years old in 1999 when I was shot at what used to be referred to as “the” Jewish Community Center shooting. Sadly, after this past Sunday we can no longer refer to that shooting as the only one. To the survivors of the Kansas shootings I say “Turn to your respective congregations for support. Take your time. Heal. Mourn. And then become activists to make change. Being an activist has been the most healing and rewarding decision I made. Although there will always be those who hate others, they won’t always have access to guns … but in order for this to happen we need to act together to pressure our policymakers and our legislators to implement the laws that could have prevented this tragedy and could prevent future tragedies. Hatred and bigotry has no place in such a progressive nation as ours. In this time of mourning I am reminded of my pain and I can confidently say that although life will never be the same, it will get better!”

 

Josh Stepakoff
Gun Violence Survivor and Board Member of Women Against Gun Violence

 

Women Against Gun Violence

 

About WAGV

 

In 1993, in response to the gun industry’s expansive marketing campaign toward women, the surging handgun homicide rates, and believing that women are agents of social change, then 64 year old Los Angeles Police Commissioner Ann Reiss Laneco-coordinated with Betty Friedan, leader of the feminist movement and author of The Feminine Mystique, a national conference that articulated guns and gun violence as a women’s issue and a public health concern. This coalition of women and their families hoped to profoundly change the climate of the gun violence debate by working with elected officials, survivors, and communities. Out of this conference Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) was born. Now, in 2013, both women and men make up WAGV’s Board of Directors as it educates the public, policymakers and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences of gun violence.

 

Traditional approaches to fighting gun violence have been largely limited to policy development and lobbying government to pass more restrictive firearms laws. While policy advocacy is essential and part of what we do, our founding innovative idea of taking on gun violence as a women’s issue and focusing on violence prevention on a community level forms the basis of our program work.

 

Speakers Bureau

WAGV’s Speakers Bureau is a substantive component of our other successful programs, providing the “heart” of gun violence. Made up of both adults and youth who have lost a loved one to gun violence or survived a gunshot wound themselves, Speakers Bureau members share their stories to educate and support others.

 

 

Dodgin’ the Bullet

Using a game show format, WAGV’s Speakers Bureau delivers to youth throughout Los Angeles County an interactive gun violence prevention workshop that addresses the issue of gun violence and its relationship to gangs, suicide, bully, and dating.

 

 

GunsSuck Initiative

WAGV has built a coalition of concerned citizens including policymakers, high school students, and PTA members to address the issue of billboard movie advertisements and transit shelter (bus) posters that depict and glamorize gun violence. The goal is to encourage billboard companies to voluntarily relocate their advertisements away from schools and high-crime neighborhoods.

 

 

Keepin’ Them Safe & Gun Lock Giveaway

WAGV and its Speakers Bureau work with parents in a role-play setting to teach parents when, what, and how to ask their neighbors and others if they have a gun in the home and what safety precautions are taken.

 

In a further effort to keep our children safe, WAGV is working with the Los Angeles School Police Department to distribute gun locks to the community along with materials explaining the important of keeping guns locked up and the legal consequences if you do not.

 

 

TALK

WAGV’s TALK program works with school districts throughout Southern California to distribute life-saving information to the parents of elementary school children.  Materials/Brochures include Talking With Your Children About Guns (available in both Spanish and English); ASK Your Neighbors About Guns (also available in both Spanish and English); and Lock It Up (Spanish and English availability as well).  Unintentional gun deaths by and of children can be avoided. Talk with your children about guns; Ask your neighbors about guns; Lock your guns up safely and securely; Keep all of our kids safe!

 

 

Outreach and Advocacy

Since its inception, WAGV and its Speakers Bureau have been leaders in encouraging advocacy for sensible firearms legislation at the local, regional and state level, and have reached out to hundreds of community members who are committed to reducing gun violence in Los Angeles County and throughout the state. By presenting current and accurate data to both the community and to policymakers while at the same time sharing tragic personal stories, WAGV has helped make California one of the leaders in sensible gun legislation.

 

 

Get Involved

 

Gun Violence affects all of us every day, directly and indirectly. By becoming involved with WAGV, you can support the fight to end gun violence and help make our communities safer and healthier. There are several ways to become involved, including:

 

 

Events

 

We invite you to join us for our upcoming events — from our Annual Courageous Leadership Awards Brunch to our programs. Find out more about becoming involved with WAGV, and how you can participate.

 

 

About Gun Violence

 

Over 1,000 people a day are directly affected by gun violence in the United States. That doesn’t include grieving family members and friends and the grief of the community at large. It does include:

87 people a day killed in homicides, by suicide, or by an unintentional shooting

201 people a day shot and injured

732 people a day who are victims of armed robbery or aggravated assault with a gun

 

 

Donate

 

Make a Donation Today!

Much of the work that Women Against Gun Violence does in the community is made possible by the generous financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations. Half of our annual budget is provided by public donations. Your generous support will assist our programs and their success.

 

To make an online donation or purchase tickets by credit card please use the Donate Now button. You can also use Indiegogo, PayPal or mail in a check to the address below.

 

To send a check, please mail your contribution to:
WAGV
8800 Venice Blvd. suite 304
Los Angeles , CA 90034

 

 

In Memoriam

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those wounded and lost at the Washington Navy Yard.

 

This memorial is dedicated to honoring the lives of our family members and friends who have been killed by a gun. The WAGV online memorial provides healing for those who have lost a loved one, acts as a unique way for viewers to share their loss, and humanizes the issue to others. Help us as we remember those lost to gun violence.

 

If you would like to honor a friend or family member with Women Against Gun Violence, please email us at wagv@wagv.org.

 

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WAGV”>WomenAgainstGunViole

@WAGV

 

 

We Stand: A Video Petition To Congress

 

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Women Against Gun Violence delivered to every member on Congress We Stand: A Video Petition To Congress. People from around our nation participated in this video petition, telling Congress about their desire for sensible gun regulation.

 

We Stand- Gun Control

 

Published on Jan 1, 2013

Hi, I’m Heidi Ferrer, http://www.GirltoMom.com is my blog and I’m on the web series talk show “Mother Bloggers” on http://www.FirstRun.tv – I’m a mother of a 5 year old boy and I stand united for an assault weapons ban, for closing the gun show loophole and for a ban on high capacity magazines. Enough with gun violence in America- I am also part of the L.A. grass roots activist group ENOUGH! You can buy my first novel “Crooked Love” on Amazon. This video was shot as part of the We Stand Video Petition to Congress.

 

 

 

ENOUGH

 

Published on Dec 28, 2012

ENOUGH! Activist gathering to change our gun laws.

 

 

 

We Stand-No Guns

 

Women Against Gun Violence

 

 

 

Call Your Representative It’s time for responsible solutions. Call your member of Congress: 888 284-5479.

Call Your Representative
It’s time for responsible solutions. Call your member of Congress: 888 284-5479.

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University Of California Santa Barbara Isla Vista Shooting Rampage: 7 Reported Dead Including 22 Year Old Shooter, Elliot Rodger.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

 

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Published on May 24, 2014

Haunting final video of Elliot Rodgers titled ‘Retribution’ Elliot Rodger Retribution California Drive-by Shootings. Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Premeditated Mass Murder. California shooting: Elliot Rodger suspected of killing six. Elliot Rodger is suspected of shooting dead six people before turning the gun on himself, in a rage against being rejected by women.

 

 

Just a quick note from me, Jueseppi B: After reading the 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter, Elliot Rodger’s  apartment, and watching the above video, I see no real reason to label him a mental illness case, or to categorize his shooting rampage as the work of a mentally disturbed person. Elliot Rodger was a spoiled dumbass vile caucasian rich kid, who was ignored by females.  The key word here is “spoiled.”

 

 

Raw: Vigil Held to Honor Shooting Victims

 

 

The following blog post was compiled with articles and photo images from ABC NEWS, KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Gawker, and ATLAS LEFT.

 

7 Dead in California Drive by Shootings Isla Vista Seven Killed

 

Seven people, including a suspected gunman, died in drive-by shootings Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be “premeditated,” Santa Barbara County sheriff‘s deputies said Saturday.
The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

 

 

 

Cops identify California drive-by shooter

 

Published on May 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara sheriff’s department provides details about the suspect in the California drive-by shootings.

 

 

 

Police give shooting timeline

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Police detail the events of the deadly drive-by shootings in California.

 

 

 

Father of victim: ‘Too many have died’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Shooting victim Christopher Martinez’s father blames “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for his son’s death.

 

 

 

Ten minutes of terror in college town

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Witnesses share accounts of the shooting spree that terrorized a California college town.

 

 

 

Witness: ‘It was a huge shock’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

CNN’s Sara Sidner spoke with student Kyle Sullivan about the horrific aftermath of the “mass murder” in California.

 

 

 

Raw: Shooting Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara

 

Published on May 24, 2014

A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (May 24)

 

 

 

Three Bodies and 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter’s Apartment

 

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The 22-year old son of Peter Rodger, second unit director of the first Hunger Games movie, had a few issues with his virginity. In fact, his inability to find even one woman who would kiss him led him to develop a deep-seated hatred for all who were fortunate enough to have had squishy, skin-slapping, ecstasy-filled experiences. His jealousy built into a rage and his rage into an irrational furor.

 

22-year-old Elliot Rodger posted a short video on YouTube explaining his motive for what he would do just hours later. “If I had it in my power. I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood,” adding “You deserve to be annihilated, and I will give that to you,” he said, speaking of what he termed his “day of retribution.”

 

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The police investigation naturally led to Rodger’s apartment, where police made a grisly discovery: along with a 141-page, 107,927-word autobiographical manifesto titled My Twisted World, bodies were discovered. It is unclear if the three bodies police were seen pulling from the apartment adds to the body count, or if they were among the original six, however.

 

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Santa Barbara Shooter Was Angry Girls Were ‘Repulsed by Me’

 

By BEN CANDEA and MARK MOONEY via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

The California college student who police said is the Santa Barbara gunman described himself as the “ultimate gentleman,” but was baffled – and angry – why the “many beautiful girls here… are so repulsed by me.”

 

Elliot Rodger, who was also identified by his family’s lawyer as the man who killed six and wounded 13 in a furious rampage Friday, said in a blog that his loneliness was the “darkest hell.”

 

Rodger, 22, clearly identifies himself on several YouTube videos and a blog as well as a 141 page manifesto lamenting his lonely life.

 

“I’ve been alone for a very long time. I’ve been attending college in Santa Barbara for 2 and half years now. And in those 2.5 years I’ve experienced nothing but loneliness and misery,” he said in a YouTube video.

 

“It doesn’t make sense. I do everything I can to appear attractive to you,” Rodger said in a message to women in general. “I dress nice. I’m sophisticated. I’m magnificent. I have a nice car… I’m the ultimate gentleman. And yet, you girls you never give me a chance. I don’t know why.”

 

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for the Rodger family, said he was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police.

 

His loneliness was agony for the young student.

 

“I see so many beautiful, blonde haired girls. So many beautiful blonde-haired girls walking around everywhere. In your revealing shorts. Your cascading blonde hair. Your pretty faces. And I want one for a girlfriend… I’m 22 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’m still a virgin. I’ve never had the pleasure of having sex with a girl. Sleeping with a girl. Kissing a girl. I’ve never even held a girl’s hand,” he said in a video.

 

Rodger’s most ominous video made shortly before Friday’s shooting spree was titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”

 

“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. He added that it was to be his last video.

 

While Rodger struggled with loneliness, his father Peter Rodger moved among the glamor of Hollywood. Peter Rodger was an assistant director on one of the “Hunger Games” movies.

 

His son recounts his efforts to fit in.

 

“I put a lot of effort into dressing nice. These sunglasses here, were $300. Giorgio Armani,” he said in a video.

 

He recalled how “unfair” it was during a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s when a “disgusting loser” entered the store “with these two beautiful blonde girls at his side.”

 

“I was of course all alone as I always am,” he said.

 

Rodger also wrote a blog post in April titled “Lonely in Santa Barbara.”

 

“Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience,” it read. “As I’ve said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends. I wish girls were attracted to me. I don’t know why they aren’t.”

 

Police haven’t confirmed whether the person who posted the videos or the man in them is the suspect in the Santa Barbara shooting. Schifman said the family contacted police about the videos, which led to an investigation.

 

Schifman said Rodger was diagnosed as being a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome and had faced bullying through much of his life as he had trouble making friends.

 

 

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Isla Vista Shooting Rampage, 3 UCSB Students Identified as Victims

 

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Three victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista and the suspected gunman were identified by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Saturday. The names of three other people who died during a stabbing incident prior to the shooting had not been released.

 

Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger, 22, was identified as the gunman by Santa Barbara Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown on Saturday.

 

Rodger allegedly killed seven people and injured 13 others Friday night using his BMW, one or more guns and sharp objects.

 

Three males had been repeatedly stabbed with sharp objects at a residence in the 6500 block of Seville Road (map) before Rodger’s shooting spree, Brown said.

 

Rodger then shot multiple people as he drove around Isla Vista, killing three.

 

 

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Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

 

Veronika Weiss was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Weiss was standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte (map) when she and two others were shot, Brown said. One of the three victims was expected to survive.

 

It was not known if any victims were members of the sorority.

 

Katie Cooper, 22

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Cooper was with Weiss when Rodger opened fire on the two women.

Cooper studied art history and archaeology at UCSB, according to her Facebook.

She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 2010.

Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

 

Michael-Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, spoke about his son’s death outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” he said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

Martinez blamed “irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death during his statement.

 

The UCSB student was inside a delicatessen when Rodger shot him, Brown said.

 

 

Three college students were identified Saturday as the victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista that killed seven people, including the alleged gunman.

 

Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, and Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, all attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” Chris’s father said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

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Shooting rampage that killed 7 near UCSB planned, authorities say

 

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Authorities on Saturday said they believe a shooting rampage that left seven people dead in the UC Santa Barbara campus town of Isla Vista was a premeditated attack and are looking at a video in which a young man threatens violence in the area.

The shootings Friday night left Isla Vista reeling as police tried to piece together what they described as multiple crime scenes. The gunman, who was killed, opened fire from inside a black BMW, witnesses said.

 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s retribution” “appears to be connected at this time” but would not elaborate.

Brown called the shooting “the work of a madman.”

The video appears to have been made by a young man who identified himself on his blog as a student in Santa Barbara.

“I’ll 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 man says on the video, sitting in a car.

 

On the six-minute video, he talks about feeling alienated and rejected by women.

“I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species,” he says.

“Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”

 

Authorities said they are looking at videotaped as well as written evidence related to the shooting. But the man on the tape has not been named as a suspect.

Various media outlets in Hollywood and London reported that the man in the video was the son of commercial photographer and director Peter Rodger.

Rodger shot numerous commercials and was a unit director on the “The Hunger Games,” according to his IMDB profile.

 

Calls to phone numbers listed for Peter Rodger were not immediately  returned.

 

The shootings began at 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. As deputies were tending to the injured in the first round of shootings, reports of gunfire in several other areas of the college community were reported.

Six minutes after the first 911 call came in, an unidentified man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire. He fled and seconds later was spotted by another deputy, prompting another firefight.

He then took off down Del Playa Drive and crashed into a parked vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered the man was dead and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

 

The seven injured people are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries; their conditions are unknown. At least one of them has undergone surgery.

Authorities are investigating nine crime scenes and are interviewing a large number of witnesses, sheriff’s officials said.

Nikolaus Becker was eating outside the Habit, 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, near the scene when the first shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. At first he thought it was firecrackers. A group of three to five police officers who were nearby started to casually walk toward the sounds, said Becker, but ran when a second round of shots broke out.

The school’s police department is working with the sheriff’s office on the investigation. In addition, the university has established emergency housing for students displaced by the shooting and the investigation.

Police already had a beefed up law-enforcement presence in Isla Vista on Friday night, Brown said. The area is known for its partying; last month, a party turned into a riot that saw multiple people arrested and dozens hospitalized. As a result, there were more officers in Isla Vista than there would have been on another night of the week, he said.

 

 

Update at 7:20 p.m. ET. Victim’s Father Speaks:

In a brief press conference seen on CNN, Ricardo Martinez said his son, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, was killed in the shooting.

“When will this insanity stop? … Too many have died. We should say to ourselves ‘not one more,’ ” he said.

 

 

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor:

In a letter to the UC Santa Barbara community, University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Young said the university was “horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic events in Isla Vista last night.”

Young says the school has set up a campus call center and is working with police and local authorities to provide information as it becomes available.

He also thanks the campus police “who acted quickly and courageously to protect our students and other Isla Vista residents and prevent an even greater tragedy from unfolding.”

 

 

Update at 2:36 p.m. ET. Some Students:

In a statement, UC Santa Barbara says that some of those injured during last night’s shooting were students.

University of California President Janet Napolitano said a statement:

“While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff’s Office and have opened the campus’ Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available.”

 

 

Update at 12:28 p.m. ET. A Witness:

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s student newspaper The Nexus talked to one eyewitness who described a chaotic scene:

“One local resident and UCSB student, Niklas Svennefiord, said he saw the suspect flee from police, from his house at 6585 Del Playa Drive. The suspect, a man in a white shirt, crashed into a nearby black jeep, he said.

“‘I heard a couple gunfire shots. I thought they were fireworks, so I didn’t think about it, but I was pretty startled and then I heard a car hit into another car. So I look up into my little window that’s in my shower, and I see a guy try to flee and the cops shoot him,’ Svennefiord said.

“Svennefiord said the suspect then continued to flee from police and also said that he believes one of his best friends was killed.

“‘I see a guy try to flee out of the car and the cop shoots him and then runs up to the car, seriously, and runs up to the car, looks into the car and the guy tries rolling around, and the cop kind of kicked him to make sure he was down,’ Svennefiord said.”

And just to repeat, authorities have said they don’t know if the gunman was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

Police said they are investigating nine different crime scenes.

 

 

UPDATE 1:56 pm: Elliot Rodger’s family has confirmed his identity and said that he was receiving psychiatric treatment. From the BBC:

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The lawyer for the alleged gunman’s father, Peter Rodger, said his son was diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger’s syndrome” as a child.

 

His mother contacted the police and a social worker after a YouTube video was posted recently, the lawyer added.

 

 

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Images From The Latest Gun Tragedy To Strike America. University Of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista.

 

 

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