The names of some of the victims of Chris Harper Mercer’s massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon have been announced. One of those victims has been named as 18-year-old Lucas Eibel.
In a press conference on October 2, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin and ATF Assistant Special Agent Celinez Nunez released some of the horrifying details about the attack.
On October 1, a 26-year-old gunman went to the college in rural Oregon and opened fire inside the classroom of Professor Larry Levine. In total, 10 people were killed with seven more being rushed to a local hospital.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Eibel’s Friends Panicked Over His Safety During the Shooting
During the confusion in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Eibel’s friends were posting on Twitter wondering if they had heard from him. One friend, Ali Coop, wrote “If anybody has seen or heard from Lucas Eibel let me know ASAP.” Later, after his death was confirmed, a friend, Sarah Phan, paid tribute to Eibel writing “My childhood friend, Lucas Eibel, was shot and killed in the UCC shooting today. I am at a loss of words. It’s not fair. You will be missed.”
2. He Was a Quadruplet
He was a quadruplet. On his Facebook page, Eibel’s profile photo shows him pictured with all of his siblings. According to that page, Eibel was a native of Salem, Oregon, but was living in Roseburg, having graduated from high school there. The day after the shooting, Eibel’s sister, Alexis, posted a picture of the quadruplets while they were children.
3. He Was a Scholarship Student at UCC
We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years. Lucas loved FFA, volunteering at Wildlife Safari and Saving Grace animal shelter. He was an amazing soccer player.
That statement also says that Eibel was a chemsitry student at UCC.
4. You Can Help the Eibel Family
Those wishing to help the families of the victims are encouraged to make a donation to the UCC Relief Fund at the Roseburg-based Umpqua Bank or Greater Douglas United Way, reports the Oregonian. Those banks have donated $25,000 to the cause. In addition, the Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg is accepting blood donations on site.
5. The Gunman Is Thought to Have Asked His Victims About Their Religions Before Opening Fire
It’s alleged by the victims of the rampage that the gunman lined up students and asked what religion they were. Those who replied that they were Christian were shot in the head. On that dating site, the gunman makes it clear that he hated organized religion but regarded himself as a spiritual person. It’s been reported that he used an AR-15 rifle during his attack on the college in Roseburg. That gun has become a symbol of the gun rights lobby’s struggle against what they deem persecution from the Obama administration.