Oakland’s Oikos University is scheduled to restart classes today following a shooting on campus that left seven students dead and three others injured.
The Christian university at 7859 Edgewater Drive, which serves a large number of international students, has been closed since the April 2 shooting.
Former student One Goh, a 43-year-old Korean national who lived in Oakland, has been charged with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and other charges in connection with the 10:30 a.m. shooting.
Goh, who had left the school voluntarily, appears to have wanted a refund of his tuition, and may have been targeting an administrator who was not present, prosecutors have said.
He allegedly fled the campus in a car belonging to one of the victims, but was arrested in Alameda at 11:20 a.m. after he confessed to a security guard that he had just shot several people, according to police.
Those killed included students Lydia Sim, 21, Sonam Choedon, 33, Grace Kim, 23, Doris Chibuko, 40, Judith Seymour, 53, Tshering Bhutia, 38, and administrator Katleen Ping, 24. Three others were injured but survived.
Oikos has held a series of memorial services. School officials did not return a call seeking comment but a statement on the school’s web site offers condolences to the families and friends of the victims
“There is no place for violence in our society,” a statement on the school’s web site reads. “All of us have to focus on the value of human life, and on the goodness of each individual.”
Goh, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to return to court April 30 to enter a plea. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has said she would not make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty until after a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to have him stand trial.