A vigil to mourn the loss of a UCLA professor who was killed by a former student in a murder-suicide on campus was held at the engineering school Friday evening.
The vigil, organized by the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was held at 4 p.m. on the steps of Boelter Hall on the Court of Sciences, the university announced.
William Klug, a 39-year-old engineering professor, was shot in a campus office Wednesday by Mainak Sarkar, who then turned the gun on himself. Sarkar, 38, claimed Klug had stolen his computer code and given it to another student.
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Sarkar was mentally unstable and the theft was all in his mind.
More than 2,000 students and faculty members gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Bruin Plaza Thursday night to remember Klug.
Students and colleagues described Klug as a compassionate professor who motivated and inspired his students.
"He's really the reason why I went back to school after six years of being out. He's so inspirational," said Elaine Karaelias.
Days before the murder-suicide, Sarkar is also suspected of shooting and killing his estranged wife, Ashely Hasti, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, police said. The motive behind Hasti's killing is unknown.
Klug and Hasti were named on a "kill list" found at Sarkar's home in Minneapolis, along with a second UCLA professor whose name has not been released, authorities said.
Klug's wife, Mary Elise Klug, released a statement through UCLA Thursday thanking the community for its outpouring of support.
"This is an indescribable loss. Bill was so much more than my soulmate. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. Knowing that so many others share our family's sorrow has provided a measure of comfort," she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.