It’s been one year, and the hole remains much the same for family, friends and a community mourning the loss of the nine victims from the shooting on Oct. 1. Even as many who knew them have moved on as best they can, the UCC 9 will never be forgotten. Here are the original tributes as printed in the Oct. 3, 2015, edition of The News-Review:
Treven Anspach’s close friend Danny Gil said Anspach loved playing soccer and basketball, and he was good at it because he was taller than everybody else. He also liked just hanging out with friends.
“He always had a smile on his face. He was just like the type of guy that was always cheerful to be around,” Gil said.
Gil was devastated when he heard from his roommate that a mutual friend had seen Anspach get shot. He believes Anspach was the victim who was brought to Mercy Medical Center and died there.
“I wasn’t ready to let him go. I just wasn’t ready for it. I just cry about it and talk to my friends about it and my family,” Gil said.
Gil said Anspach had his whole life ahead of him.
“He was doing good in college. He had a girlfriend. He was engaged, and he was ready for life to just begin,” he said.
In a statement, Anspach’s family described him as “one of the most positive young men, always looking for the best in life. Treven was larger than life and brought out the best in those around him.”
According to his parents, Anspach was “a perfect son.”
Anspach played basketball for the Sutherlin Bulldogs and at UCC.
Umpqua Riverhawks basketball coach Dan Leeworthy wrote on Facebook that Anspach wanted to “marry his high school sweetheart, be a firefighter like his Dad, and to serve others.”
“To me he was a friend and a coach’s dream. He was a friend to everyone,” Leeworthy wrote.
Larry Levine was an assistant English professor at Umpqua Community College. He was an avid fisherman, a member of the Steamboaters fishing group and a former fly fishing guide.
Levine was teaching an English class just before the shooting, and it was his classroom the gunman entered when the terror began.
Friend and fellow Steamboater Dale Greenley remembered Levine as an “easygoing, kind of quiet, laid-back” man. Greenley had known Levine since the 1970s. He said Levine did whatever it took to stay by the river so he could keep on fishing.
“He could have gone off somewhere and probably made good money, but he loved the Umpqua and he stayed here and he final-ly got that job at the UCC and that was really nice,” he said.
Greenley doesn’t have a television set, so he didn’t know about Levine’s death until he was called by a reporter with a national news outlet.
“That’s when I found out. It was kind of a shock. I’m still kind of processing it,” he said.
Greenley said Levine was fun to talk to. They shared fishing stories together. Levine was a great writer who loved to describe the North Umpqua River he loved, Greenley said.
“He was just part of the river,” Greenley said. “Larry loved the river. He committed his life to it.”
He was also popular with students.
“If you ever had any questions or problems or anything else, he was Johnny-on-the-spot to help you out,” said Taylor Gunn, 21, of Myrtle Creek who took her first ever community college class from Levine last spring.
Kim Dietz was a strong and compassionate wom-an, whose love of animals defined her, said Carolyn Whitehorn, Dietz’s mother-in-law.
Dietz owned two Great Pyrenees dogs.
Whitehorn recalled Dietz setting out to befriend a local feral cat who was de-termined to stay wild.
“Feral cats are not easy
to tame,” she said through tears. “But she had him tamed in what seemed like no time at all. She would sit outside when he was around and just talk to him and offer him food until he came close enough to pet.”
Eventually, the cat became the family pet who lived with Dietz for many years.
“She was such a strong and powerful woman,” Whitehorn said. “She will be missed greatly.”
Lucas Eibel’s family said they have been “trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years.”
Eibel was an FFA member and a volunteer with Wildlife Safari and Saving Grace. He was a Ford Family Foundation scholarship recipient and was studying chemistry.
He and three of his sib-lings were quadruplets. They were nicknamed The Quad by their friends at Roseburg High School.
In 2014, Lucas Eibel told News-Review reporter Kate Stringer it’s “always funny to see people’s reactions” when they find out the four are fraternal quadruplets.
Eibel was studying chemistry in his first year at UCC. It was his favorite subject in high school.
The family has asked that donations be given to Roseburg High School FFA and to the injured victims.
QUINN GLEN COOPER
Quinn Glen Cooper was in his fourth day of college.
“We are shocked this has happened,” his family’s statement said.
Cooper was funny, smart and compassionate. He was the kind of guy who stood up for other people, according to family members. He was going to take his brown-belt test in karate next week.
“I don’t know how we’re going to move forward with our lives without Quinn. Our lives have been shattered beyond repair,” the family statement said.
“I can’t actually believe you are gone,” wrote Cooper’s friend Andrew Phillips on Facebook. “You always made me laugh and we always finished each other’s sentences.”
Former classmate Luke Counsell wrote on Facebook about a time that Cooper was the only one to follow him to the changing room to comfort him when he broke down while rehearsing for a play.
“He wasn’t just a ‘friend,’ he was a brother,” Counsell wrote.
REBECKA ANN CARNES
Rebecka Carnes had just started both a new job and her college career, according to her cousin Lisa Crawford. She was studying for a job in a health care field.
“She had people in her life that loved her fiercely and are devastated,” Crawford wrote on Facebook.
Carnes was a relative of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley — his cousin’s great-granddaughter.
Merkley called Carnes a “beautiful spirit,” according to The Oregonian.
She graduated South Umpqua High School in June. She played softball.
Kristy Westbrooks, an English teacher said, “Going to UCC was always her plan A. She worked really hard to earn scholarships last year.”
“Everybody said she was a sweet person and very well thought of,” said Jim Howard, superintendent of the South Umpqua School District.
Lucero Alcaraz was in the UCC Scholars program and studying to become a pediatric nurse. Friends called her beautiful and kind-hearted.
Friend Brittany Eggers said Alcaraz was a talented artist and a great person.
“She was probably the sweetest person I know, probably the most genuine too,” Eggers said. “She never once said anything bad about anybody.”
Eggers said she is con-fused and angry about what happened to her friend.
“I just don’t understand,” she said.
Alcaraz’s sister Maria Alcaraz, heartbroken, wrote on Facebook that she never got the chance to tell her how proud she was of her accomplishments.
“You were going to do great things love,” she wrote.
Jason Johnson spent the last few months of his life fighting.
A part of The Salvation Army’s rehabilitation pro-gram to battle addiction, Johnson went from being beat up and physically ill to being a role model, said close friend Chuck Bellinger, who described their friendship as a brotherhood.
“He was always right there,” said Bellinger who was in the program along with Johnson. “His room was right next to mine and every night I’d go to bed and before that boy would get into his bed, he’d come pop my door open and tell me good night and that he loved me.
“We have to carry the torch. His torch is a bright one and probably very difficult to go on with,” he said. But Bellinger said that Johnson’s death was not in vain.
“Our brother was following his dream and sobered up and was becoming a productive member of society,” he said. “He died a sober and upright man — a dude that was loving his family and an example for everyone.”
He was attending UCC and his family said Johnson had found the right path and they were proud of him for enrolling in school.
SARENA DAWN MOORE
Sarena Moore was a Seventh-Day Adventist who loved animals, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
According to the online Adventist magazine Spectrum, Moore was a firm believer of prayer, a single mother with few possessions but a big heart. She attended Reno High School and had recently moved to Myrtle Creek from Grants Pass to attend UCC.
Her pictures on Facebook are of dogs and horses, suggesting she was an animal lover.