(CBS SF) — The parents of Bay Area students killed in a shooting spree near UC Santa Barbara have spoken out for the first time, calling for change to prevent future tragedies.
“It is time for all Americans to wake up to do our own part. Maybe it is too late for our children, but it is not too late for all Americans,” Jane Wang, victim David Wang’s mother said.
Charlie and Jane Wang had only one son, due to China’s one-child policy. The family came to America to give their son a better education. Wang, and two of his close friends were the first to be killed in the campus rampage allegedly carried out by Elliott Rodger. The three were roommates with Rodger, and had wanted to be computer engineers.
George Chen’s mother Kelly treasures a letter written by the boys’ college classmates.
The letter read, “They loved, and were loved, and will forever be remembered as the magnificent men you raised them to be.”
The parents believe the only way to stop the mass killings happening across the country is for families to be more involved in their children’s lives, and to better monitor their mental health.
They feel the family of the alleged killer Elliott Rodger did not do enough to help him, and are outraged by media attention focused on the killer.