PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The 19-year-old man killed in Thursday’s shooting at Seattle Pacific University was Portland-based 2013 Westview High graduate Paul Lee, according to various social media accounts in his name and posts made by friends and relatives on Facebook and Instagram.
Thursday afternoon, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, allegedly opened fire in a building at the small, private Christian university, wounding three and killing Lee.
Lee’s family attends Beaverton’s Village Baptist Church. Pastor Dean Christianson said one of the church’s pastors is working with the family, who are now in Seattle. “My absolute favorite thing to do is dancing,” Lee wrote in a post during his senior year. “It relieves stress and brings joy in my life.” He went on to explain he wanted to choose counseling as a career path.
In an Instagram post Friday afternoon, 19-year-old Harrison Lim (Instagram name HARRISONNOSLEEP) posted “Since the first night he came to party with us, he became one of the crew, always coming out to have a good time and always was the nicest to everyone.
“Out of all the people in the world you would be the last one to deserve this.”
19-year-old Sarah Rasmussen, (Instagram name RASMOOSEN) posted “Paul Lee. I can’t even believe you’re gone.”
“…seeing you around campus and dancing with you brightened my life immeasurably. I am blessed and honored to have known you.”
“…I expect you to teach us your dance from heaven at 6 p.m. tonight.”
Beaverton School District Public Information Officer Maureen Wheeler said Lee graduated from Westview High School in 2013 after attending Bethany Elementary School and Stoller Middle School.
Two Junior students at Westview Highschool in Beaverton said they remembered Lee, and were saddened by his passing.
Justin Kwan and Nathan Han recalled Lee as someone who loved to dance.
“I was scrolling through my Instragram feed and one of my friends posted a picture of Paul Lee, and in the description it says, ‘Rest in Peace,” he said. “I never would have expected this to be him.”
A man who is identified as Lee’s brother on Facebook, Albert Lee, said in a post he felt “a level of loss, grief and pain we couldn’t have ever imagined.”
“Paul Lee was a ray of light in my classroom for three years,” said his former Westview High School teacher Brian Bangerter. ” It was impossible be around him and not feel happy, he made class fun for everyone. … He will always be remembered for his infectious positive attitude, I know I will never forget him.”
In his final reflective essay, Paul Lee wrote:
“I want to help carry people’s burdens so that there may be more joy in that person’s life. I understand that I am still young, but for now I feel like this is one of the two things I want to be when I grow up.”
A Facebook post by a man listed as Paul Lee’s brother, Albert Lee, June 6, 2014. (Facebook)