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News - April 6, 2012

2007 Foothill graduate among those killed in mass shooting

No word on services for local victim Grace Eunhea Kim

by Glenn Wohltmann

Foothill High Principal John Dwyer is offering condolences to those who remember Grace Eunhea Kim, a 2007 graduate.

Kim, who had since moved to Union City, was among the seven people killed Monday morning in a mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, a Christian vocational school that offers nursing degrees among its courses. She was employed at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Newark.

On Tuesday, the Alameda Coroner's Office identified her as one of the victims. The others are: Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco; Judith O. Seymour, 53, of San Jose; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro. The school's receptionist Katleen Ping, 21, of Oakland was also among the victims. Three other people, Dawinder Kaur, Ahmad Javid Sayeed and Grace Kirika, were injured in the shooting but survived.

"It's hard to believe that someone so young, with their whole life before them like this could be taken in such a senseless act. This is just so sad. I know you will all join me in passing on our sincerest sympathies to Grace's family and friends," Dwyer said in a statement.

The principal said he didn't have any details about a memorial service for Kim but the school will offer counseling for those grieving the killing.

"Although she graduated five years ago, she may still have connections with students still attending Foothill," Dwyer said in his statement to the Foothill community. "I know many of you will have had her as a student or knew her well. I want to extend to you any and all support that we can provide if you need help at this very sad time."

Meanwhile, the gunman identified by police as One Goh, 43, has been charged with seven counts of murder for allegedly opening fire at the university on Edgewater Drive. Police said Goh is a former student who had been expelled.

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office has filed seven counts of murder and three counts of premeditated attempted murder against Goh, a Korean citizen. O'Malley's office also claimed a special circumstance against Goh for killing multiple people.

City officials, numerous clergy members from at least nine different religious centers, family, friends and community members mourned the massive loss at a memorial service held at Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

The pews were filled with mourners, some with homemade signs, and a throng of media members lined the walls snapping photos of the diverse congregation, many from the Bay Area Korean-Christian community.

Mayor Jean Quan, who was seated on the stage throughout the service, spoke to the crowd about the diversity of Oakland and the shortcomings of gun control.

She listed several recent major shootings throughout the state and nation, emphasizing that gun violence is not just an Oakland issue.

She acknowledged the diverse immigrant groups represented in Oakland and at Oikos, including shooting victims from Nigeria, Tibet, Korea, the Philippines and India.

For immigrants, Quan said, "Oakland is a city of dreams."


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