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Isla Vista Shooting

Friends recall lonely social outcast

30 May, 2014

Rodger’s friends describe him as a lonely social outcast fixated on blaming women for his problems and reluctant to accept advice. Andi Chan recalls:

Me and my friends tried to help him. He doesn’t like to talk or hang out.

Rodger frequently expressed his desire to dominate or even kill people, Chan recalls:

We all thought he was insane but we were used to it. Maybe in his mind he really wanted to do that.

High school classmate Patrick Connors says Rodger was always treated as an “oddball,” and was often the target of mockery and practical jokes:

We said right from the get-go that that kid was going to lose it someday and just freak out. Everyone made fun of him and stuff.

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