George Chen’s parents visited a makeshift memorial set up for their son, Hong and Wang in Isla Vista on Monday night and added their names in chalk to the sidewalk. They told KABC-TV the country needed tougher gun laws to avert another mass killing.
“We would die a hundred times, a thousand times, but we don’t want our kids to get hurt,” Chen’s mother, Kelly Wang, said as she fought through tears. “This shouldn’t happen to any family. This should be the last one in the United States.”
A family friend said Chen, 19, was a gentle soul who had a fondness for working with children.
“He was a very good kid, very smart,” Sherry Shih told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.
“This is just a terrible, and (his parents) cannot understand at all how something like this could happen,” Shih said.
Chen, who was also studying computer science, graduated from Leland High School in San Jose and was originally from Ottawa, Ontario.
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