SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The father of one of the six UCSB students killed Friday in Isla Vista said he wants to meet with the father of his son’s killer to work on preventing similar tragedies in the future.
“I lost my son. He lost his son. We have that in common,” Richard Martinez told the Los Angeles Times. “We want, if possible, that the deaths of our son and his son should mean something.”
Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, was allegedly shot to death by Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old student at Santa Barbara City College, in a murderous rampage Friday night that claimed the lives of five other UCSB students. Rodger then took his own life, police said.
Michaels-Martinez was the only childe of two attorneys. His mother is a deputy district attorney and his father is a criminal defense attorney.