By Robert Salonga and Matt O’Brien, Oakland Tribune (OAKLAND): A recent immigrant living in El Cerrito is the latest identified victim of Monday’s shooting rampage at Oikos University in East Oakland, according to authorities and community leaders.
Seven people died — six women and one man — and three more were wounded in the Monday morning shooting at the small Christian university, the Bay Area’s worst mass killing in almost 20 years. One L. Goh, 43, a former nursing student at the school, is in custody on suspicion of the killings.
Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday morning that the victims hailed from Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines.
Sonam Chodon, 33, of El Cerrito, was new to the East Bay’s Tibetan-American community, having moved here from India just over a year ago, said Tenzin Tsedup of the Tibetan Association of Northern California. Choden enrolled at Oikos to study nursing.
“Many Tibetans, new immigrants, they go to that school to do LPN or CNA,” Tsedup said.
She lived with her brother. Before moving to the United States, she had worked in education administration for Tibet’s exiled government in Dharamsala, India.
Another shooting victim also hailed from that region: Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco, was killed when the gunman stole his car outside the school Monday morning. Bhutia was born in the tiny Indian state of Sikkim, which is separate from the rest of that country, landlocked by Nepal and China.
Bhutia, who lived alone in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood and worked nights cleaning terminals at that city’s airport, also was studying nursing at Oikos, a tiny Christian college. He had also worked in restaurants.
Other identified victims include 21-year-old student Lydia Sim of Hayward, 24-year-old Oakland resident Katleen Ping, and 23-year-old Grace Eunhae Kim of Fremont, authorities confirmed.
A memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd. in East Oakland.
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