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5 photos photo - People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) + caption
People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Associated Press Updated: May 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

GOLETA, Calif. — A gunman went on a rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including him.

Here are the stories of the other four who died.

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KATHERINE BREANN COOPER

Her friend Courtney Benjamin said Cooper, 22, was a painter with an outgoing side. The resident of Chino Hills, California, was about to graduate with a degree in art history.

"She was a self-proclaimed princess and I love her for that," Benjamin said. "And I know she has a crown on her head today."

Andrew Notohamiprodjo was Cooper's ballroom dance teacher three years ago and later supervised her as a teaching assistant in ballroom dance. Cooper was looking forward to graduating but planned to stay in town another year, he said.

"She was a lot of fun, super forward," he said.

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

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CHENG YUAN HONG

One of suspect Elliot Rodger's roommates, Hong was among the first three killed. Hong was tied to a case involving stolen candles, according to Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley. Sheriff's officials mentioned that case at a Saturday press conference, saying Rodger contacted authorities reporting his roommate had stolen candles.

Hong, 20, was charged with petty theft, and Dudley said he pleaded guilty.

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CHRISTOPHER ROSS MICHAELS-MARTINEZ

Michaels-Martinez, 20, was an English major from Los Osos, California, who planned to go to London next year and to law school after graduation, his father, Richard Martinez, said at a Saturday press conference.

He pulled out a photo of his son as a small child in a Chicago Cubs baseball uniform and said they used to call him "mini-Sammy Sosa," referring to the former Cubs star.

"Chris was a really great kid," Martinez said. "Ask anyone who knew him."

Friends said Michaels-Martinez, who served as residential adviser at a dorm last year, was the kind of guy who would welcome strangers into his home.

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VERONIKA ELIZABETH WEISS

Weiss, 19, was first-year student from Westlake Village, California.

"She was always a happy person," said Eric Pursley, who worked with Weiss at a Target store in Thousand Oaks last year.

Weiss was a water polo player at Westlake High School who earned league honors during her senior year, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn newspaper.

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GEORGE CHEN

Chen, 19, was among the three young men found dead with multiple stab wounds in Rodger's apartment, the Santa Barbara sheriff's office said. Chen, also from San Jose, was listed on the lease for the apartment along with Hong and Rodger.

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WEIHAN WANG

Wang, 20, of Fremont, California, was among the three young men Rodger killed, authorities say. Investigators were trying to determine whether he was also a roommate or was visiting at the time of the attack.

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