Report by JENIFERLAMUG
One L. Goh, the attacker in a private Christian school in East Oakland, leaving seven people dead was on the campus because of a tuition fee dispute, according to the Associated Press. But Jongjin Kim, the school founder said Goh did not previously show any signs of violence. On Monday’s shooting rampage, March 31, the killer was reported to have been looking for a certain employee who was in-charged of handling the tuition.
Apparently, Wonja Kim, the former University registrar was no longer working at Oikos University and Goh ended killing six students and a receptionist with 3 others wounded. After that, he fled into a victim’s car to Alameda, where he surrendered to police, reports the Oakland Tribune. A .45-caliber semiautomatic hand gun in which the serial numbers match a gun purchased by Goh, was located by police in the shallow waters of a tributary of San Leandro Bay, about a half-mile from the school. Authorities believed it was the gun used by Goh.
Reportedly, some school administrators said Goh had been upset when he was refused to be refunded of his tuition fee after he dropped from the school from a nursing program last November. The disputed amount was $4,000-$6,000 and he got angry during a previous meeting with school officials as they only agreed to give him partial of his tuition. Goh, 43, is now charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder and other count of felonies which could make him eligible for the death penalty.
On Friday, the school administrators had gathered for a memorial service for the victims: Kathlin Ping, 24, of Oakland; Judith O. Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Kim, 23, of Union City; Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro; and Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco.
"All of us at Oikos University are terribly saddened. This is obviously a challenging moment for our young and growing institution," said Lucas Garcia, an instructor at the school.