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Honor the Isla Vista Murder Victims

Alexandra Williams, MA

pic of father after Isla Vista shootingThis post was scheduled to be a reminder of our DietBet that is starting. But I live in Santa Barbara and teach at UCSB where the six murdered students attended. I am very sad, and all I can think about is the parents of the victims, Katherine Cooper, Christopher Martinez, Veronika Weiss, George Chen, Weihan Wang, and C.H. (I know his name has been published, but his parents have requested him to only be identified by his initials).

None of them were enrolled in my classes, yet they are all “my” students, just as they are yours. All of us MUST come together to insist on laws that keep weapons such as semi-automatics out of the hands of the mentally ill. No parent should have to go through the pain of being told their child has been randomly murdered.

Please watch the video of Richard Martinez trying to speak through the grief of losing his only child, and promise yourself that you will do something to make your children and my children safer.

If you wish to donate to the UCSB memorial that is being established for the six students, please click here.

If you wish to to donate to the Victims of Isla Vista Fund, please click here.

And please go hug your children, your parents, your siblings, and all those you love. pic of Miles, Aidan & KarinaThese are my boys and my niece. I want them to outlive me. Go in Peace.

Updated 5/26/2014: Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings, said the following:

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More.”

I just sent a Not One More postcard to my elected leaders. Join me and send one today. #NotOneMore