Remembering the Victims of the Santa Barbara Rampage

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In addition to the six fatalities, thirteen others were wounded by gunfire or when they were hit by Rodger's car, authorities said.

In remembrance of those who passed away, here is a look at their lives.

PHOTO: Veronika Weiss is seen in this photo posted to the "R.I.P Veronika Weiss" Facebook page.
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Veronika Weiss

As a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, Veronika Weiss was a math whiz who played four different sports in high school.

Weiss was a freshman from Westlake Village, California, and described as wise beyond her 19 years.

"She was a strong girl, you know. She always wanted to make her own decisions," Weiss' brother Cooper Weiss said. "She was very independent."

PHOTO: George Chen is seen in this image posted to his Facebook, Sept. 5, 2012.
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George Chen

A junior at University of California, Santa Barbara, George Chen, 19, was visiting his friends David Wang and James Cheng-yuan Hong when he was killed.

"I just don't know why this happened to our son. I just, it's crazy this just doesn't make any sense," Chen's mother Kelly Wang said. "We, we, would die a hundred times, a thousand times. But we don't want our kids get hurt."

PHOTO: Cheng Yuan Hong is seen in his Facebook profile picture.
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James Cheng-yuan Hong

James Cheng-yuan Hong was 20 years old and lived in the apartment with George Chen.

Lara Lewis lived in the same housing area as Hong during his freshman year.

"Instant tears upon hearing about the loss of James Cheng-yuan Hong," she wrote online. "Please pray for his family."

PHOTO: David Wang is seen in his Facebook profile picture.
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David Wang

Twenty-year-old David Wang, who also went by the name Weihan Wang, had dreams of one day starting a computer business with his friends Chen and Hong.

Katherine Breann Cooper

Twenty-two-year-old Katherine Breann Cooper was preparing to graduate with a degree in art history at UCSB, when she was gunned down while with a group of students that included her Delta Delta Delta sorority sister, Veronika Weiss.

Cooper was hoping to become a museum curator and was known by all for her generous spirit. Her friend Courtney Benjamin said Cooper was a painter with an outgoing side.

"She was a self-proclaimed princess and I love her for that," Benjamin said. "And I know she has a crown on her head today."

PHOTO: Images of Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez are displayed as part of a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif.
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Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez

Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, was shot while entering a deli to buy a sandwich.

"He was quiet, kind, humble, graceful, funny," Michaels-Martinez's father Richard Martinez told ABC News about his son. "And at the same time, one of the most competitive people you would ever meet, and he was a fierce competitor, both in sports and academics."

An only child, Michaels-Martinez had plans to study abroad and attend law school.

Since Michaels-Martinez's passing, his father is now focused on a campaign to bring about what he calls, "common sense laws," to reduce gun violence.

"It's about moving forward from this time and place and making it different," Martinez said. "No parent should have to go through this. And no child should have to die like this."

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