Isla Vista Killings

On Friday, May 23, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student and Isla Vista resident named Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured many others in a shooting spree through the streets of UCSB's college town. Below is The Santa Barbara Independent's coverage of the event, as well as other voices from the community.

UCSB Student Files Lawsuit Over May 23 Attack

An injured Keith Cheung was wrongfully handcuffed after Rodger ran into him, complaint says. Read story.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Isla Vista: Safety in Sisterhood

Community problems remain despite ever-changing residents. Read story.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Isla Vista Killer's April 30 Check-Up

Details of Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office welfare check on Elliot Rodger. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Isla Vista Killings: Shock. Suffering. Survival.

Isla Vista and the UCSB community endure tragic killings — and emerge stronger. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Portraits of Isla Vista's Victims

Remembering the UCSB students killed during May 23 rampage. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Map of the Mayhem

A geographic look at what happened where in Isla Vista on May 23. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Could We Prevent the Isla Vista Shooting?

A fresh look at the laws that surround mental health and guns. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lois Capps Takes Isla Vista Killings to Congress

Santa Barbara's congresswoman makes plea for gun safety one floor of House of Representatives. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Isla Vista Memorial Shouts “Not One More”

Thousands of students, faculty, dignitaries, and everyday Santa Barbarans attend service at UCSB Harder Stadium. Read story.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fellow Residents Recall Elliot Rodger

He demonstrated unusual behaviors and had little interaction with his neighbors. Read story.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Isla Vistans Protest News Crew Presence

'Stop Filming Our Tears' residents tell the media. Read story.

Monday, May 26, 2014

UCSB Plans Memorial Service for Tuesday

Classes cancelled on Tuesday; professors, counselors, and academic advisors available. Read story.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Three More Isla Vista Victims' Names Released

All six victims were UCSB students. Read story.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vigil for Isla Vista Shooting Victims

Thousands gather in show of solidarity and memory for the young lives lost. Read story.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders

Suspect Elliot Rodger fatally stabbed three men before shooting rampage; other victims ID'd as UCSB students. Read story.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Isla Vista, May 23 - July 11, 2014

The six disembodied energies have not yet / departed Embarcadero del Mar Read story.

Too Many Moments of Silence

Today marks one month since the tragic violence in Isla Vista. Read story.

A Molecular-Level Argument for Gun Control

Are these frequent rampages a fair price to pay for unfettered access to guns? Read story.

News from Across the World

One calm morning, a headline on the television news, here in Rwanda, pierced my soul. Read story.

Rated V for Violent

Why should virtual violence get a pass? Read story.

To Meet a Madman

My face to face with Elliot came about three weeks ago at SBCC. Read story.

Lessons in Grieving

Take care of yourself and also real good care of our students, our children. Read story.

Ethics and the Breaking Story

When a tsunami of reporters and broadcast news vans arrive to report on a tragic story, what limits should be set? Read story.


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