Thursday, October 27 , 2016, 8:04 pm | Mostly Cloudy 66º

Posted on May 26, 2014 | 3:20 p.m.

Associated Students UCSB Executives Respond in Wake of Isla Vista Killing Spree

Source: Associated Students UCSB Executives

On the evening of Friday, May 23, Isla Vista bore witness to several tragic losses in our community during the course of multiple horrific events, including an assault by the suspect’s vehicle, fatal stabbings and a shooting spree. Numerous community members were injured during the attack, and our thoughts are with them as well as their families and loved ones. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken in light of this terrible event, and stand in solidarity with the entire Isla Vista community during this rebuilding and healing process.

The effects of this tragedy are widespread and felt by communities across the nation. In times such as these, it is more imperative than ever to come together as a community to support, care for and love one another.

We are so inspired and encouraged by the tremendous outpouring of support from the Isla Vista community. Thousands gathered in Storke Plaza on Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil and memorial walk in remembrance of those we have lost. We would also like to express our gratitude for the services of local law enforcement, and for all the candle donations we received, which helped make the event possible. We hope to continue fostering and strengthening this spirit of community that we all have felt as we work to rebuild and heal together in the weeks and months to come.

The ASUCSB Executives recognize the devastation this event has caused, and support the administration’s decision for a Day of Mourning and Reflection this Tuesday, May 27 — during which all classes will be canceled and all AS executive offices will halt business as normal — to refocus efforts back on the community. On Tuesday, Associated Students will also be erecting a Memorial Wall at the Associated Students Pardall Center across from IV Deli Mart. We would like to thank Home Depot for the generous donations of materials to build the wall.

We also recognize that members of the community want answers and clarity on the events that occurred and, as such, are organizing a community forum to be held on Friday, May 30. The location and officials in attendance will be announced closer to the date.

This is a difficult and trying time in which we must support both each other and ourselves, so we encourage everyone to reach out for assistance. Counselors will be present from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Resource Building and Pardall Center. There are also numerous other counseling services available for those who have been affected by these events, and we encourage everyone to actively utilize such resources as needed:

» UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services 24/7 Hotline — 805.893.4411

» SBCC After Hours Crisis Helpline — 800.400.1572

» National Disaster Distress Helpline — 800.985.5990

The ASUCSB Executives acknowledge the severity of this event and the need to look closely at why this tragedy occurred so that we can move forward and create change to help prevent future acts of violence. ASUCSB Executives will be working in conjunction with UCSB administration and other Associated Students entities to organize community events and provide support in the coming week. 

Again, our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. As we move forward, we must hold fast to the love and compassion we have for each other. Above all, we seek to honor and memorialize those lost, support those around us and heal as a community.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >