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Oakland Massacre Suspect Changed His Name In 2002

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The booking photo for Oakland school massacre suspect One L. Goh. (Alameda County Sheriff)

The booking photo for Oakland school massacre suspect One L. Goh. (Alameda County Sheriff)

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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — The suspect charged in the nation’s largest school shooting since Virginia Tech changed his name a decade ago because he felt his birth name sounded like a girl’s name.

One Goh faces murder and attempted murder charges for a shooting rampage at Oakland’s Oikos University on Monday.

The 43-year-old South Korea native was born with the name Su Nam Ko. But in February 2002, he filed a petition with the Circuit Court in Fairfax County, Va., to change his name to One L. Goh.

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The reason he listed was that he did “not like my current name because it sounds like a girl’s name.”

Seven people died and three were wounded in the shooting. Authorities say he may have been motivated by a financial dispute with the small Christian college.

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