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Katherine "Katie" Cooper     Catherine Estrada participating at I Madonnari Festival, Santa Barbara, 2014

May 27, 2014

Dear students, faculty, staff, and friends,

We grieve the students who died in the attacks in Isla Vista on Friday, May 23. Katherine Cooper (pictured top left) was a major in History of Art and Architecture, and a double major in Classics. Three other victims, Christopher Martinez, Weihan Wang, and C.H., had taken or were currently taking classes in our department. On behalf of the department, I wish to convey to the families of these students, the outpouring of sympathy in the many emails and telephone calls I have received from concerned and grieving students, staff, faculty, the Deans, and Chancellor Yang. We share your loss.

The department of History of Art and Architecture, as a community, stands by our students at this difficult time.

Best wishes—

Swati Chattopadhyay
Professor and Chair
History of Art and Architecture