Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nigerian victim of the California Nursing school shooting massacre

A Nigerian woman, Doris Chibuko, has been confirmed as one of the seven persons shot dead at the Koreans Nursing School in Oakland, California on Monday.

The 43-year-old mother of three was among the seven people fatally shot by a lone gunman at Oakland’s Oikos University in East Oakland.

Doris hails from Enugu State and studied and practiced law before migrating to the U.S. She got married in 2002 to Efanye Chibuko and they moved to the U.S the same year.

The fatal shooting, according to media reports, happened two months away from her planned graduation from the small private college. She and her colleagues were murdered by a fellow student, One Goh, who later surrendered to the police in a supermarket.

A Nigerian lawyer has been identified as one of those killed at Oikos University, Oakland, California, when a lone gunman opened fire on students and teachers Monday inside the small Christian University located in East Oakland.

The killer was described as a disturbed former nursing student at the university, who later turned himself in to authorities at a Safeway superstore located at the South Shore Centre in Alameda.

Several Nigerians resident in the Bay Area trooped to the Chibuko family home located in San Leandro Hills to commiserate with the family on Tuesday evening after news filtered out that she had been killed in the deadly mass shooting regarded as Oakland’s worst in over 20 years.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday morning that other dead victims hailed from Korea, Nepal, the United States and the Philippines.

The identities of six of the victims were also released. The identity of the seventh is being withheld until the victim’s next of kin is located and informed of the death, according to the Coroner’s office.
The dead include:

Judith O. Seymore, 53, San Jose
Lydia H. Sim, 21, Hayward
Sonam Chodon, 33, El Cerrito
Kim G. Eunhea, 23, Union City
Doris Chibuko, 40, San Leandro
Tshering Butia, 38, San Francisco

Mourners crowded the family’s home in the San Leandro hills Tuesday night. “Right now I’m just trying to greive,” Efanye Chibuko told the San Francisco Chronicle.

A vigil for the victims was held Tuesday at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8709 International Blvd. in Oakland.

Meanwhile, the alleged killer is still being held by the police.


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