"A perfect Christian family" of four was discovered dead in what homicide detectives suspect is a murder-suicide in an upscale Orange County, California, home Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the bodies were discovered in a home in Mission Viejo, noted as one of America's safest cities, after a relative called police at about 9 a.m.
Lt. Jeff Hallock, Orange County sheriff's spokesman, said deputies were waiting on fingerprint identification and family notification before releasing the names of the deceased. Public records and neighbors, however, said the home is owned by Mark Sheer and his wife, Lydia, who have lived there for several years with a college-age son and teenage daughter. more >>
In a 141-page manifesto titled "My Twisted World" in which he rants against women and his sexless life, mass murderer Eliot Rodger, 22, said his killing spree and eventual death in the streets of Isla Vista, California, last Friday could have been avoided if only he had lost his virginity.
Seven people, including Rodger, died as a result of his 10-minute shooting rampage in the quiet Southern California college town, which also left several others injured.
"In July , I spent a lot of time exercising in my room in a final effort to appear as attractive as possible to girls. I proposed that after two weeks of rigorous exercising, I will try my hardest to go out in Isla Vista and do everything I can to meet a girl and lose my virginity," Rodger wrote in the chilling manifesto in which he also planned to kill his stepmother and brother for being more popular than he was. more >>
The father of Elliot Rodger, who police say is the man responsible for killing six people in Santa Barbara, California, last week, is known for his film work within Hollywood and for directing a documentary about God in 2009.
Peter Rodger set out to travel to 23 countries for his project titled, "Oh My God," in which he interviewed celebrities like Hugh Jackman, David Copperfield and Ringo Starr, along with everyday people who are Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and atheists to discover what religion meant to them.
"My goal was to find out what 'God' means to people, and to determine whether religion and religious people were causing all the world's problems," Elliot Rodger's father said in 2009, according to Edge magazine. "There was such commonality in all the responses that at one point I didn't even think I had a film." more >>
LOS ANGELES – Author and pastor Erwin McManus ushered in a new chapter in his ministry, that includes encouraging and nurturing creativity within the Christian community, when he introduced his daughter and core members of Mosaic L.A. church's worship team to record their first album in front of 1,400 people at the historic Wiltern theater Saturday evening.
"This is not simply a concert, it's an act of worship to the creator of the universe," McManus, who is the lead pastor of the church that includes locations in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, told the enthusiastic crowd.
McManus explained during a recent sermon on the importance of worship, that when the church launched more than 20 years ago, he was also the worship leader and was admittedly "not very good." However, during his first experiences with listening to old hymnal music, although sometimes difficult to comprehend, he realized that music was a powerful method that God used to move people, he said. The event on Saturday was the culmination of a dream he's had for more than two decades, McManus explained. more >>
Thousands gathered in the small, beachside college community of Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, California, over the weekend to pray for the six killed and 13 injured as a result of a tragic shooting and stabbing spree that took place Friday night.
More vigils are planned to take place this week, including one candlelight memorial scheduled for the University of California Los Angeles on Monday evening.
The prayer vigil began Saturday at UC Santa Barbara's Storke Tower, with thousands of students and community members silently walking through campus to a nearby park in the small, unincorporated college community of Isla Vista to pray, light candles, and pay their respects to those killed in Friday's attack. more >>
Santa Barbara mass murder suspect Elliot Rodger emailed a 137-page manifesto – with a detailed plan on how he would carry out deadly killings as revenge for rejection by women – to his parents and several others, and stabbed three UCSB students in his apartment before going on a shooting spree, officials said.
Rodger, 22, had a plan to lure anyone into his apartment, not far from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and kill them, but he could not. So he turned to his roommates and stabbed them to death Friday night, according to San Jose Mercury News.
The stabbing victims were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, of San Jose; George Chen, 19, of San Jose; and Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont. While Hong and Chen were Rodger's roommates, it was not clear whether Wang was also a roommate or a visitor. more >>