On May 23, Elliot Rodger headed to a sorority house and knocked on the door with the intent to kill each one of them. However, they didn’t open — and now HollywoodLife.com knows exclusively why.
The Alpha Phi sorority house was the target for 22-year-old Elliot Rodger when he went on a mass shooting in Isla Vista, Cali. The students of the house, as well as those in Tri Delta, the house that victims Katie Cooper and Veronika Weiss belonged to, are not speaking out at the time, but HollywoodLife.com spoke to a student in the greek system about what happened that horrifying day.
Elliot Rodger’s Sorority House Attack
“I will attack the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB,” Elliot said in his “Retribution” video he shared on YouTube. That sorority was Alpha Phi, but when he arrived and knocked for a few minutes on the door, no one answered..
This comes as a surprise since anywhere from 40 to 60 students live at the house.
“The banging was really loud and aggressive so [not answering] could’ve been purposeful,” the inside source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “Also, most [sororities] were on date trips that weekend [since it was Memorial Day] so I think a lot of people that lived in the house could have been out of town.”
Of course they are terrified at the thought of what could have happened had he opened the door. Additionally, sorority houses in Isla Vista have locks with security codes that only residents have access to.
The residents may have been more cautious if they noticed him — he had been parking outside and watching them go to and from class each day, he said in his manifesto.
Families Mourning After Horrific Tragedy
“As for Alpha Phi and Tri Delta, everyone is asking for privacy at this time. It’s incredibly disturbing and heart-wrenching. The community outreach has really helped a lot though,” the senior at UCSB added.
On May 28, students held a Paddle Out to honor the victims. May 29, UCSB students and alumni created “Gaucho pride” day and created a Facebook group for support.
Plus, on May 29 in New York City, a fundraiser is being held at Finnerty’s bar to raise money for families of the victims.
“I spoke with Finnerty’s management and they’ve offered us a 7-10PM wristband happy hour tomorrow night [May 29] to help raise funds toward the victims’ families, through the SB Foundation’s Victims of Isla Vista Fund,” a UCSB alum told us. “Specials would be $4 mixed well drinks and $4 California beers for all wristband holders who donate to our fund.”
— Emily Longeretta