Memorial Held for Student From Fremont Killed in Isla Vista Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara

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    Family and friends gathered Sunday evening to pay tribute to one of the UC Santa Barbara students killed in Isla Vista rampage. Weihan David Wang was studying computer engineering. On Sunday, he was remembered for being incredibly smart, humble, and for his love of basketball. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports from Fremont with more on the outpouring of support from the community. (Published Sunday, Jun 1, 2014)

    A memorial was held in the East Bay Sunday night for a college student who was one of the victims in the deadly rampage near UC Santa Barbara.

    It was an emotional service at Harbor Light Church, which is on the campus of the victim's Alma Mater, Fremont Christian School. Family and friends remembered 20-year-old Weihan Wang from Fremont, who also went by David.

    "I think as far as our family is concerned, truly our sky has fallen," Wang's father Charlie said at the memorial. "You know he’s our only child. This is the only son we have. All of our future dreams and hopes was all upon him. We have lost all of our happiness. I am missing you."

    The parents of Wang stood before hundreds of people at their son’s memorial and talked about their devastating grief.

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    "Do you know what his mother was like when she first heard the bad news?" Wang's father said. "When she heard it, her hands were shaking. Her body just curled up like a ball. She couldn’t say a word. She only cried."

    "This is the most difficult time in my life," Wang's mother Jinshuang Jane Liu said. "The hardest thing for me is to be alive. I cried to God, that why this happen to me?"

    The 2012 graduate was studying Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. The 20-year-old, along with two of his friends from San Jose, was killed inside the apartment Wang shared with the suspect, who police said is responsible for the Isla Vista rampage that killed seven people, including himself.

    "Life is so valuable. It is so precious," Liu said. "It is a time to stop violence, gun fighting. There should be no more anger. No more hatred. No more fear. No more darkness."

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    Wang’s parents said their faith is carrying them through this tragedy, and they will find a way to keep moving forward because their son would want them to.

    "He perseveres. He’s not afraid of challenges. He dares to move forward," Wang's father said. "Thank you son for teaching us how to love."

    On Sunday night, the focus was on Wang's life and the kind of man he was.

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    ""He is a quiet, nice young man, very gentle," church parishioner Jinyu Meng said.

    Wang was supposed to be returning to the Bay Area on summer break in a couple of weeks, and the family was planning to celebrate his 21st birthday next month.

    The only child loved basketball, and it looked clear by the turnout he was beloved by faculty, staff and former classmates.

    As people were going into the service, they were being handed programs with photos of Wang from graduation and from his younger years.