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Filipina Among Seven Killed in Oakland Shooting

Posted: Apr 04, 2012

MANILA, Phils. -- One of the seven victims killed in this week's shooting rampage at a small Christian college in California was a 24-year-old Filipina who was an employee of the school.

According to a report of the news site New York Daily News on Tuesday (US time), Kathleen Ping was taken hostage and shot point-blank in a classroom during the murder spree at the Oikos University in Oakland, California - east of San Francisco- on Monday.

The report said aside from Ping, six students were killed by suspected gunman One Goh, 43, of South Korea, "a former Oikos student who was recently expelled — and bent on revenge."

Goh was believed to have "opened fire on the campus after coming to the belief he had been picked on and marginalized due to his poor English language skills," the report added.

The slain victims included six women and one man, ages 21 to 40. They came from countries including South Korea, Nepal and Nigeria, the New York Daily News said.

Ping's father Liberty said her daughter left behind a four-year-old son Kayzzer, whose father is still residing in the Philippines, awaiting word on his own petition to move to the US.

“We have a very close family, and she loved the family so much. She was the heart of the family, she really was,” Liberty told the New York Daily News. “She was a great mom and a great daughter and a great sister. She was all three in one.”

To the news site San Francisco Chronicle, Liberty said his daughter immigrated from the Philippines in 2007 along with her mother, brother, and two younger sisters.

Ping studied nursing at Heald College in San Francisco and started working at Oikos eight months ago.

Liberty said the tragedy was difficult to accept as it happened inside a Christian school and not on the tough streets of East Oakland, where the family lives.

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