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Identities of Oikos Shooting Victims Released

Shooting victims were a diverse group of international students whose ages ranged from 21 to 53 years old.

Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service Tuesday night to remember the seven people killed at the Oikos University shooting on Monday.

One L. Goh, 43, was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder Wednesday (Photo courtesy Oakland Police Department).
One L. Goh, 43, was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder Wednesday (Photo courtesy Oakland Police Department).

The victims, who came from the Philippines, India, Nepal, Nigeria and the United States, were between the ages of 21 to 53. 

On Tuesday six of the seven identities were released by the Alameda County Coroner's Office. The seventh victim's name was released by her father.

The victims were Doris Chibuko, Judith Seymour, Grace Eunhea Kim, Katleen Ping, Lydia Sim, Bhutia Tshering and Sonam Chodon.

In a San Francisco Chronicle report Chibuko was described by her husband as "a very happy person, very caring, very loving."

Chibuko, 40, was only two months away from graduating from the Oikos University nursing program. She was born in Nigeria, where she was an attorney in Enugu. In 2002, she immigrated to the U.S. after marrying Efanye Chibuko. She was the mother of three children, aged three and eight.

Seymour, 53, was a student at Oikos and was receiving clinical training at the state prison in Vacaville. She was supposed to graduate in June.

Seymour's eight-year partner, Timothy Brown, said she "had a great bedside manner and she could establish a rapport with patients. She was very tender. She had the touch."

Brown also told the San Francisco Chronicle that Seymour was the daughter of nurses from Guyana, who returned to school after being laid off from her job as a tax analyst.

Along with Brown, Seymour is survived by her two adult children.

Kim, 23, was a nursing school student at Oikos University. She graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton in 2007.

Kim worked at BJ's Restaurant while going to school. One of her co-workers, James Villanueva, remembered her as "full of life. She was truly the life of the party."

Ping, 24, who was identified by her father, was remembered as "the rock of her family."

She was a secretary in the Administration Department at Oikos University. Ping worked at the front desk where the gunman took her hostage before he killed her.

Ping had been working at Oikos for seven months in order to support her 4-year-old son and the rest of her family. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in 2007. Ping's husband still lives in the Philippines and had been in the process of getting permission to move to the U.S.

"She's with the Lord," said her father, Liberty Ping. "She's in a better place right now."

Sim, 21, was the youngest of the seven victims. She was a nursing student at Oikos, who was described by friends and family as "a happy person who always had a smile on her face."

Sim's brother, Daniel Sim, said his sister "loved children, and children loved being around her."

He said his sister was drawn to Oikos University because of it's faith-based education and large Korean-American student population.

Although Sim was a nursing student, her goal was to one day become a pediatrician.

Tshering, 38, was described as a "gentle Buddhist" from India. He was a nursing school student at Oikos and was killed when the gunman stole his car outside the university, according to The Contra Costa Times.

Chodon, 33, was the child of Tibetan refugees and also grew up in India. She was a nursing student at Oikos.

Before moving to the U.S. a year and a half ago, Chodon worked in education administration for Tibet's exiled government. She worked for five years in the Education of Central Tibetan Administration in India and was a member of the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

Tenzin Tsedup, family spokesman and president of the Tibetan Association of Northern California, said their community is in "shock" over Chodon's death.

"There are many horrific things happening in Tibet and now we have to face yet another tragedy in the U.S.," said Tsedup.

Three other people were wounded in Monday's shooting.

The 43-year-old gunman, One L. Goh, was charged Wednesday with seven counts of murder as well as three charges for attempted murder.

Goh may also face a special circumstance allegation for multiple murders, which could potentiality make him eligible for the death penalty.

Goh admitted in court documents to bringing a .45- caliber handgun and four magazines of ammunition to Oikos. In the documents he also acknowledged that he shot several people before fleeing the scene, according to police. He surrendered an hour after the shooting.

Goh will make his first appearance in Alameda County Superior Court on Monday.

The Associate Press contributed to this report.


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COMMENTS

The first time I heard about the shooting @ Oikos University, I was shocked!!! Later that night, I found out through my dad that my cousin was one of the victims that were killed in this horrible shooting rampage. I never really got the chance to even meet my cousin personally but I know that she's in a better place now. I'm just hoping that justice will be served for all the people that were killed in this horrible massacre. May they all rest in peace!!! I would like to express my condolences to all the family of the victims.

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