Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities identified the three men found fatally stabbed in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, who police say fatally shot three others in a killing spree that ended with his suicide.
The Santa Barbara sheriff’s office said Sunday that the victims were 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong and 19-year-old George Chen — both from San Jose — and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont.
The three UC Santa Barbara students were the first killed in Friday night’s rampage.
Hong and Chen are listed on the lease as Rodger’s roommates. Investigators were trying to determine whether Wang was also a roommate or was visiting the night of the killings.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said Hong was involved in a case involving stolen candles, reported KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office noted the case at a Saturday press conference, adding that Rodger had contacted the sheriffs and reported his roommate had stolen his candles.
Hong was charged with petty theft; Dudley said he pleaded guilty, KSBY reported.