Local Pastor on Santa Barbara Killing Spree: ‘Our Community Was Touched, Impacted…Wounded’

Thousands of people filled the Anisq’Oyo’ Park amphitheater in Isla Vista on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil that started at UC Santa Barbara’s Storke Plaza. The vigil was meant to honor and remember those killed and wounded in a horrific rampage through the densely packed community the night before. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)
Thousands of people filled the Anisq’Oyo’ Park amphitheater in Isla Vista on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil that started at UC Santa Barbara’s Storke Plaza. The vigil was meant to honor and remember those killed and wounded in a horrific rampage through the densely packed community the night before. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

Following the shocking killings in the Isla Vista community in southern California Friday night, when as a murderous young man played out his narcissistic plan, echoing sentiments from his disturbing manifesto, a local Calvary Chapel pastor has spoken out about the impact of the rampage on this local student community.

According to Michelle Moons, writing for the www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California web site, David Guzik, pastor of the local Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, talked about the murder in his Sunday message, saying, “Our community was touched, impacted… wounded.”

Guzik went on to say, “We don’t short sell the presence of evil in this world,” and he continued, “It also tells us something about the courage and the great work of our first responders.”

Guzik further said, “It tells us something about our culture and how the idols of our culture work destruction in the lives of troubled people.”

Moons added, “A few members of Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara volunteer with the Sheriff’s Department, offering support in situations such as this. While so far no church members have been identified as directly affected by Friday night’s events, a number of them regularly spend time building relationships with residents of the Isla Vista community.”

Then in her powerful story she wrote, “Death descended upon the Isla Vista community in southern California Friday night as a murderous young man reportedly played out his narcissistic plan, echoing sentiments from his disturbing manifesto.

“Crossing the paths of obsession and death, Elliot Rodger, according to police, stabbed and killed his three roommates, tried and failed to gain entry to the Alpha Phi sorority, shot and killed three more outside the sorority, and continued on to shoot and maim with his car numerous others until being reportedly shot by swift-acting police officers and dying of a gunshot wound to the head.

“No doubt this man left widespread mourning in the wake of his rampage. Yet the actions of Alpha Phi sorority members may have spared the lives of many more in not answering Rodger’s disturbing knocks at the sorority doors Friday night.”

This student told Breitbart News that area residents, particularly a house full of girls, most likely would not open the door after around that time on a Friday night due to potential danger.

Posted on the door of Alpha Phi is a note to the public stating the sorority will not be commenting on the recent incident at this time. Private security has been retained, and two guards at a time have been seen keeping watch over the house. The sorority did however, post the following message to Facebook: “Peace, prayers, and love go out to the victims and all those affected by the horrific incident last night. We are so thankful that all of our members are safe. Our heart goes out to the community.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Ellis was wrapping up his Friday night service at Isla Vista Church, a makeshift house of worship inside a beach home on a street filled with students — and on Friday night, parties. A few dozen young adults were getting ready for hamburgers when shots rang out. “Fireworks,” someone was reported as saying, but Ellis who said he had been a Navy combat engineer in Afghanistan, stated, “I knew right away it was gunshots.”

He ran out to the street and saw a cyclist lying on the ground, but no car around. “He was pretty messed up, lying up against a vehicle,” said Ellis.

Students and community members gathered at Anisq’Oyo’ Park in Isla Vista on the evening of Saturday, May 24, 2014, for a candlelight memorial to remember the victims.

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SOURCE: ASSIST News Service
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