Among the nine people slaughtered by Christopher Harper-Mercer--before he turned a gun on himself Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon--was a former Mission Viejo resident.
"It is with deep grief in my heart that I must announce that Kim was one of the people killed yesterday at UCC," the husband of 59-year-old Kim Dietz revealed via Facebook. She had been attending a lecture at the college when the gunman burst in.
Kim Dietz was employed at Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, where her husband Erik also works.
But Karen Crocker remembers Kim Dietz as a classmate at Mission Viejo High School. The Community Services director with the city of Aliso Viejo posted the following on Facebook:
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Another friend, Heather Lynn Branaugh-Gilbert, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Dietz's daughter Shannon, who attends Umpqua Community College. "She was an awesome lady. I knew her well enough to know she would want us to make sure her daughter was taken care of," Branaugh-Gilbert writes.
To learn more or simply give, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/kim-dietz.