So heartbreaking. The first three victims of the UCC campus shooting have been identified as 19-year-old Lucero Alcarez, 18-year-old Rebecka Carnes and 33-year-old Jason Johnson. Their hopes, dreams, and lives have been cut short because of one man’s hateful rage.
The young victims of monster shooter Chris Harper- Mercer, 26, are finally being revealed to the public and it’s just heartbreaking to look at their faces and read about the hopes and dreams they once had. Now meet the innocent students who were cut down so mercilessly by a hate-filled shooter.
The 9 people who lost their lives in this horrific incident are slowly but surely being identified. The first three identities, Lucero Alvarez, 19, Rebecka Carnes, 18, and Jason Johnson, 33, were students who were tragically killed by the shooter during his rampage on the UCC campus, confirms BuzzFeed.
Lucero was a freshman at UCC where she had yet to pick a major, her younger sister confirmed to the outlet. She was debating studying to become a nurse or a pediatrician, and her sister, Eileen, 14, shared that Lucero loved to draw. A heartbreaking Facebook post written by Lucero’s older sister, Maria, reveals that the bright young student had her entire college tuition paid for by scholarships. “You were going to do great things love,” Maria wrote, mourning the loss of her baby sister. A GoFundMe page has been started for Lucero’s family to help cover expenses for her services.
As for Rebecka, another freshman, she had just started her first college classes in addition to a brand new job. “This isn’t how life is supposed to work and I am struggling to wrap my mind around the entire situation,” her cousin, Lisa Crawford, wrote on Facebook.
The third victim, Jason, had just started taking classes on Monday, Sept. 28. He was only on his fourth day of college courses when the shooting occurred, tragically taking his life. Jason’s mom, Tonja Johnson Engel, revealed to NBC News that her son had finally won the war against his drug addiction and was looking to start a new life by going back to school. “The other day he looked at me and hugged me and said, ‘Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your kids to go to college?’ and I said, ‘Oh, about 20 years,” she told the news outlet in a heartbreaking statement.
Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and fellow classmates of these beautiful lives who were taken from them far too soon.
— Taylor Weatherby