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Mother says California rampage suit to prevent tragedies

March 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tearful mother of a student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year says she’s suing to prevent future tragedies.

Kelly Wang said Tuesday at a Los Angeles news conference that it was a difficult decision to sue the Santa Barbara County sheriff and the apartments where her son and his two friends were slain.

Twenty-two-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people in May before killing himself.

Investigators say Rodger began by stabbing his two roommates and their friend, Wang’s son, George Chen, in the Capri Apartments where they lived.

The federal lawsuit says the apartment management company and the Sheriff’s Department knew of Rodger’s problems and could have taken steps to prevent the killings.

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