Father of Murdered Student to the University of California: “Divest now!”

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To honor classmates murdered in the Isla Vista Shooting, students at the University of California – Santa Barbara took a bold stand against gun violence and voted to ban investments in the gun industry.

The following is a statement from Bob Weiss, the father of Veronika Weiss who was murdered in the shooting. It was read at the Associated Students’ vote by UCSB student, Sydney: 

On the evening of Friday, May 23rd, my daughter and 2 friends were walking back to their Sorority House from dinner in Isla Vista.  A troubled young man with 3 guns and 400 rounds of ammunition pulled up to the curb in his car, unrolled his window and fired 17 shots at the three girls.  Katie was shot in the eye and died almost instantly. 

Veronika was hit 7 times. The bullet that killed Veronika entered the side of her chest and traversed her upper body, destroying both her lungs and heart. She died about 15 minutes later, drowning in her own blood. 

Bianca, the third student, sustained several wounds, fortunately, none lethal.  She survived.  

The agony of losing our beloved daughter is constant and unbearable. Our lives will never be the same. The pain is indescribable and relentless. Our lives are shattered. 

As parents of a victim of a gun violence murder at a University of California it sickens us that the University could be invested in firearm manufacturers.

With over 30,000 gun-related deaths every year and school shootings occurring almost monthly, the gun industry has blood on its hands.  The University of California should act as a leader and ban investments in the gun industry. Divest now!

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