As shock and fear turned to grief in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, glimpses of the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College began to emerge Friday.

There was a girl still missing her high school softball season, a 19-year-old considering a career in medicine, a young man fresh out of rehab who made his mom so proud when he started college this week. And there was the English instructor, a 67-year-old fly fisherman who wrote evocatively, affectionately, about the river that runs by his house. Here are their stories.

Lucero Alcaraz, 19: Out of all her siblings, Lucero Alcaraz was the “responsible one,” her younger sister, Eileen Alcaraz, told BuzzFeed News.

Lucero Alcaraz hadn’t yet settled on a college major but was considering a career in medicine, possibly pediatrics, BuzzFeed reported. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that Alcaraz was among the victims of Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College.

On Friday, another of Alcaraz’s sisters, Maria, posted about her sibling’s death on Facebook.

“Lucero, I miss you I wish you were here,” she wrote. “I can’t sleep. I never got the chance to tell you how proud of you I was.”


Treven Taylor Anspach, 20: Treven Taylor Anspach was a “perfect son,” his family said.

“Treven was one of the most positive young men, always looking for the best in life,” his family said in a statement read by a law enforcement official. “Treven was larger than life and brought out the best in those around him. In Justin and Kim’s words, Treven was a perfect son.”

Justin Huntley, principal of Sutherlin High School, told The Washington Post that Anspach played basketball for the school on a state playoff team. He described Anspach as a “great kid” who was well-liked by his peers.

Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18: On Wednesday, Rebecka Ann Carnes started classes at Umpqua Community College. She had posted on Facebook about softball, country music, sausage pancakes and the movies she liked, including “Happy Feet.”

She bagged her first elk in 2012, posed with a smiling snowman, asked for help with chemistry homework and cheered on her team.

On Thursday, her family tried to call her scores of times, desperate for news after hearing about a shooting on campus, her mother, Jessica Chandler, told Newsweek.


“I want to know my child is okay,” Chandler said as she waited at the county fairgrounds with other parents and friends Thursday night, according to Newsweek. “I want to know where my kid is. We don’t even know if she’s alive.”

On Friday morning, a man answering the phone at her home said no one was able to talk. A cousin, Lisa Crawford, posted a message on social media with a photo of Carnes smiling in her high school graduation gown, holding the cap to show the message, “… and so the adventure begins.”

Quinn Glen Cooper, 18: Quinn Glen Cooper loved dancing, voice acting and playing the multiplayer online game Ingress with his brother, Cody. The two were “inseparable,” the Cooper family said in a statement.

Quinn Cooper had just started classes after graduating from high school in June, according to his family. Thursday – the day he was fatally shot on Umpqua Community College’s rural campus – was his fourth day of college.

“Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate and such a wonderful person,” the family statement said. “He always stood up for people.”

Cooper was scheduled to take a brown-belt test Oct. 10, the family said.


“I don’t know how we are going to move forward with our lives without Quinn; our lives are shattered beyond repair,” the family said. “No one should ever have to feel the pain we are feeling.”

Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59: Kim Saltmarsh Dietz was a student at Umpqua Community College. Her daughter also was studying there but was not hurt, according to a statement from the winery where she and her husband had long worked.

Pyrenees Vineyard and Cellars, where her husband manages the vineyard, posted a memorial online Friday:

“The Pyrenees family is heartbroken to confirm that our friend Kim Dietz was one of the victims of yesterday’s senseless UCC shooting.

“Kim was our caretaker for many years along with her husband and current Vineyard Manager Eric Dietz. Their daughter, also a student at UCC, was thankfully unharmed.

“None of us at Pyrenees can make sense of this horrific tragedy.


“We appreciate your respecting the Dietz family’s privacy in this time of immense sorrow. In these times we must come together, lean on family, and never forget God’s love.”

Lucas Eibel, 18: Lucas Eibel was just 18, but he already knew his passions. He loved Future Farmers of America, and volunteering at Wildlife Safari in nearby Winston, Oregon, and the Saving Grace animal shelter in Roseburg, his family said in a statement.

“We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was but that would take 18 years,” they said.

Eibel had recently graduated from Roseburg High School and was studying chemistry at Umpqua Community College. He was a Ford Family Foundation scholarship recipient. His family requests that any donations be sent to Roseburg High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter and to the injured victims.

Jason Dale Johnson, 33: Jason Dale Johnson had recently completed a drug rehabilitation program and was eager to get his life back on track, his mother, Tonja Johnson Engel, told NBC News.

“Jason recently enrolled in school at Umpqua Community College,” his family said in a statement. “Jason’s mother said that Jason was proud of himself for enrolling in school, and so was his mother. They felt Jason had finally found his path.”


This week was Johnson’s first at the school, and “he was so proud of what he had accomplished,” Johnson Engel told NBC. “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.’ ”

He was in class at the time of his death, his cousin told the Oregonian.

On Sunday, Johnson asked for a ride to school the following day. “My first class starts at 10,” he wrote on Facebook.

Friends responded with encouragement.

One wrote that it was great he was “doing something productive.”

“Right on bro,” said another.


“Best wishes,” wrote another.

Donald Noble, a family friend, told NBC News that Johnson returned from rehab two months ago. “He came back home and said he was going back to school,” Noble said. “He just started, and then this happened.”

Lawrence Levine, 67: Lawrence Levine taught English at Umpqua Community College; he was leading the class that the gunman burst into. His friends called him Larry.

A couple of years ago, he wrote in the Steamboater Whistle, a newsletter for local outdoors enthusiasts, about wandering along the North Umpqua River with a friend.

“Along the highway, the Scotch Broom was invasively yellow, and the wild Sweet Peas painted with watercolors. We’ve both lived here for decades; we’re in our sixties; we’ve got experienced perspectives. We’ve done this a bunch. I learn from him; he sees more than I do; he’s got artist eyes; I’ve got writer eyes. If memory serves me well, I can’t recall a time that we both, in a rush of deep appreciation, didn’t proclaim the North Fork to be the most beautiful river in the world. . . .

“If a place makes you feel as if you’re in paradise, you are. Why wait. The lessons can be comforting or terrifying, but, if the learner survives, they’re meaningful currently, and, over the course of memory, I can appreciate the progression of my education. The education is ongoing, never complete. A headstone will be my diploma.”


He wrote about enjoying the sense of awe and the layers of memories the river carried with it. “Obviously, the river can also make a person a bit strange and esoteric,” he noted, “but it’s a fine madness.”

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44: Sarena Dawn Moore was killed on the Umpqua Community College campus.

Her brother, Rick Goin, told the Oregonian that it was too soon for him to speak about her death. “It’s not an easy subject,” he told the newspaper.

But, he added, “One thing I will say is I’m glad the officers, when they did get there, took care of business.”

“May you rest in peace, Sis,” Goin posted on Facebook.

Moore’s Facebook page is full of dog and horse photos, including one she posted in July of her new service dog, Bullet. In October, she posted a photo of a horse named Starfire, writing: “Wishing I could be riding him right now!”

The Myrtle Creek woman also listed the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as a former employer.

“We have become aware that one of our adults from an area church was a victim in the Umpqua Community College shootings yesterday,” the Oregon conference posted on Facebook, hours before authorities confirmed that Moore was among the dead. “. . . We ask that you pray for the victims’ families, survivors, first responders and the medical teams. Also join us in praying that God will fill our hearts with a passion to share His love in a world that desperately needs Him.”

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