Remembering The Oregon Victims

"I never got the chance to tell you how proud of you I was," Maria Leticia Alcaraz wrote to her sister, Lucero, in a Facebook post on Friday morning. "You would have been a great pediatric nurse...you were going to do great things."

Lucero Alcaraz, 19, was one of the nine people killed yesterday in a mass shooting incident at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR. The shooter, a 26-year-old man, also died in the crossfire after his attack.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin declined to name the shooter, saying, “I will not give him the credit he probably sought with this horrific and cowardly act. You will never hear me mention his name.” Instead, many have urged the media to focus on the community members who have died. Information about those who lost their lives is still emerging, but here's what we know so far.

Kim Dietz, age unknown
News of Dietz’ death came by way of a Facebook post by a winery in Myrtle Creek, OR. Dietz worked at the winery as a caretaker. Her husband, Eric Dietz, remains the vineyard manager.

The post explains that the Dietz's daughter is also a student at UCC. She is safe.

The Pyrenees family is heartbroken to confirm that our friend Kim Dietz was one of the victims of yesterday’s senseless...

Posted by Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars on Friday, October 2, 2015
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Upon hearing the news, a high school classmate of Dietz' at Mission Viejo High School in California posted an old photograph to Facebook.

Prayers to the family of Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, She was a neighbor and schoolmate of mine at Mission Viejo High School....

Posted by John Hopkins on Friday, October 2, 2015
Jason Johnson, 33
Johnson had just begun his career at UCC when he was killed yesterday.

His mother, Tonja Johnson Engel, explained to NBC news that Johnson struggled with drug abuse before enrolling in a Salvation Army program, and turning his life around.

“He started Monday and he was so proud of what he had accomplished and rightly so,” Johnson’s mother told NBC news.

“The other day he looked at me and hugged me and said, ‘Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your kids to go to college?’ and I said, 'Oh, about 20 years.'”

Engel also shared her son’s last words to her “Love ya,” he had said. “I’ll see you this afternoon.”

Engel heard about gunshots on UCC’s campus. She did not find her son.

Lucas Eibel
, 18
Eibel was a quadruplet. He and his siblings Alexis, Cole, and Mitchell, graduated from Roseburg High School — the public school in the same town as UCC — this year.

This year, UCC selected Eibel as one of its 87 high-school and homeschool scholars.

Rebecka Carnes
, 18
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When she heard about the shooting Jessica Chandler, Carnes’ mother, joined groups of other parents searching for their children. “I don’t know where she is. I don’t know if she’s wounded. I have no idea where she’s at,” Chandler told ABC.

Then, Chandler found out Carnes was on her way to the hospital in a medical hospital.

At 12:32 p.m. on Friday, a KATU news reporter Tweeted that Carnes’ family confirmed that she was a victim of the shooting. “We are at a loss for words,” her father reportedly said.

Carnes’ Facebook picture shows her with her arm around her dad or grandfather. She wrote, “definitely had fun dancing with papa well trying to dance haha since I can’t dance too [sic] well.” The picture is dated August 30, just a little over a month ago.
Several of her other photographs show her and friends dressed in softball uniforms, making funny faces for pictures. In others, she appears in selfies helping little kids make breakfast. “They also mixed the in the sausage into the pancake mix,” Carnes writes.

According to Carnes' Facebook page, she liked country music — artists like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Tim McGraw and animated comedies, like Madagascar, Shrek, and Toy Story.


Lucero Alcaraz
, 19

One of my baby sisters is all grown up):

Posted by Maria Leticia Alcaraz on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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On Thursday morning, Lucero's family members took to social media to find the missing student. Her cousin made the first report on Twitter. He included a photograph of Lucero and asked for help finding her.
"Someone claims to have seen her during the event running," Lucero's older sister wrote on Facebook. Last night, after news of Lucero's death had reached the family, her cousin posted again. "Heaven gained a beautiful angel," he wrote.

Lucero's younger sister, Eileen, told BuzzFeed news that Lucero was a wonderful artist. Eileen called Lucero "the responsible one," of the family's six siblings. A Facebook photograph shows six sisters hugging.

Never in a million years would I have imagined going through something like this. She was my best friend and my sister....

Posted by Maria Leticia Alcaraz on Friday, October 2, 2015
Alcaraz finished Roseburg High School this year. Along with Eibel and 85 other students, she was selected as a UCC scholar, the college announced.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, a hospital in Springfield, OR, about an hour's drive from Umpqua Community College, tweeted on Thursday morning that it received three female victims between the ages of 13 and 24.
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The hospital tweeted later that two of its victims where in critical condition, and one was in serious condition, but it did not specify if these victims were the three women mentioned in the earlier post.
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