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Oakland School Massacre Victims Mourned At Multi-Cultural Memorial

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – A multi-faith, bilingual memorial service for the victims of a mass shooting at an Oakland Christian vocational school Monday morning drew more than 300 friends, family, city officials and faith leaders Tuesday evening.

Seven people were killed and three others injured in the shooting at Oikos University on Monday.

Four of the victims were East Bay residents, identified as Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Chodon, 33, of El Cerrito; Kim G. Eunhea, 23, of Union City; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office.

The other two victims were identified as San Jose resident Judith Seymore, 53, and San Francisco resident Bhutia Tshering, 38.

Authorities were withholding the name of the seventh victim.

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All seven were fatally wounded Monday when a gunman, identified by police as One Goh, 43, opened fire at the university on Edgewater Drive.

Three other people were injured in the shooting but survived.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Police said Goh is a former student who had been expelled from the school.

City officials, numerous clergy members from at least nine different religious centers, family, friends and community members mourned the massive loss at a memorial service held at Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

The pews were filled with mourners, some of whom had brought homemade signs, and a throng of media members lined the walls snapping photos of the diverse congregation, many from the Bay Area Korean-Christian community.

Mayor Jean Quan, who was seated on the stage throughout the service, spoke to the crowd about the diversity of Oakland and the shortcomings of gun control.

She listed several recent major shootings throughout the state and nation, emphasizing that gun violence is not just an Oakland issue.

She acknowledged the diverse immigrant groups represented in Oakland and at Oikos, including shooting victims from Nigeria, Tibet, Korea, the Philippines and India.

For immigrants, Quan said, “Oakland is a city of dreams.”

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