Loved ones honor ‘Umpqua Nine’ at Roseburg tribute

Umpqua Community College re-opened for classes on Oct. 12

Loved ones honored the memories of the 9 people shot and killed at Umpqua Community College this month. (KOIN)
Loved ones honored the memories of the 9 people shot and killed at Umpqua Community College this month. (KOIN)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — The community of Roseburg came together Wednesday night to remember the ‘Umpqua Nine’, the victims of a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College earlier this month.

Lucero Alcarez, 19, was remembered by her younger sister.

“Now that she’s gone, I realize how much I need her and how much she would do for us,” Eileen Alcarez said.

Treven Anspach, 20, was honored by a friend.

“He really embodied someone who was unselfish,” Joe Baldi said. “Just laughed, good kid and I appreciate my time with him.”

Photos of the 9 people killed at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, 2015 (Courtesy photos)
Photos of the 9 people killed at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, 2015 (Courtesy photos)

Rebecka Carnes, 18, was remembered by her best friend.

“Becka had big dreams and plans for her life and she was just beginning,” Kimberly Martin said. “Now I’m going to live each day to the fullest and reach my goals for her.”

Quinn Cooper, 18, had his life commemorated by a friend of his family.

“Nothing can replace Quinn’s sense of humor, his huge heart, or the way he genuinely cared for other people,” Julie Hicks said.

Kim Dietz, 59, was remembered by her friend and classmate.

“I’ll never forget,” Sharon Kirkham said. “She was my friend and she was an amazing, giving, caring, loving woman.”

Loved ones honored the memories of the 9 people shot and killed at Umpqua Community College this month. (KOIN)
Loved ones honored the memories of the 9 people shot and killed at Umpqua Community College this month. (KOIN)

Lucas Eibel, 18, was honored by his older brother.

“I would literally give anything to just have an hour with him, one more,” Jacob Eibel said.

Jason Johnson, 34, will always have a special place in his twin brother’s heart.

“On the day he died, he chose death before dishonor,” Mike Johnson said. “He died for his faith.”

Professor Larry Levine, 67, was remembered by his friend.

“Larry was a teacher by trade but he was an instructor by passion,” his friend said.

Sarena Moore, 44, had her life commemorated by a friend.

“She had such love and respect for anybody that she met,” Kathy Royston said. “She was one of the kindest women I’ve known.”

The lives of the Umpqua Nine live on in the minds and hearts of those who knew and loved them.

On Friday, the UCC Memorial Concert will be held at Jacoby Auditorium on campus. A Facebook event page states the concert, featuring chorales and choirs from Umpqua Community College, begins at 7 p.m.

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