LOS ANGELES (CN) - Parents of three young men killed in a murderous rampage that left six dead in Santa Barbara County claim that the apartment complex where the killer lived and the Sheriff's Department could have prevented the massacre by running a background check on Elliot Rodger.
Junan Chen and Kelly Yao Wang sued Santa Barbara County, its Sheriff's Office, Capri Apartments at Isla Vista and Asset Campus Housing in Federal Court on Monday on behalf of their late son, George Chen.
Joining as plaintiffs are Changshuang Wang and Jinshuang Liu, suing on behalf of their late son Weihan "David" Wang; and Lichu Chen and Wenquei Hong, suing on behalf of their late son, Chen-Yuang "James" Hong.
On the evening of May 23, 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed to death his two roommates, Hong and Wang, and their visiting friend, Chen, "with knives and other weapons in their apartment," the complaint states.
Rodger then emailed a copy of his 137-page manifesto, "My Twisted Life," to his therapist and parents, and went on a rampage that claimed the lives of 6 people and wounded 14 others.
Among other things, the rambling manifesto blames Rodger's self-described "pathetic, miserable life" on women who rejected his advances and the men they had sex with instead.
Rodger's next victims were Veronika Weiss and Katie Cooper, who were walking back to their sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara. They were 19 and 22 respectively.
A third student, 20-year-old Bianca de Kock, survived the shooting and later told ABC News that Rodger had a "smirky, grimacy smile" on his face and "looked happy" when he shot her and her friends.
After fatally shooting another UCSB student, Christopher Michael-Martinez, at a Deli Mart, Rodger drove around town shooting at people on the sidewalk, including sheriff's deputies responding to the shootings. He struck two bicyclists with his car before he hit another vehicle, ending his rampage. When deputies arrived at the crash, they found Rodger dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The slain roommates' parents say Rodger's violent tendencies surfaced soon after he came to Isla Vista in June 2011 and moved into the Capri Apartments to attend the summer session at Santa Barbara City College.
He provoked a fight with two Hispanic male roommates by telling them he was superior to them, and in a jealous rage insulted another roommate who had brought home a girlfriend by telling him he was "foolish for being proud for having 'an ugly whore' in his room," the complaint states.
In November 2012, Rodger "became serious about executing the 'Day of Retribution,' an event he had been planning since his arrival in Santa Barbara in which Rodger planned to massacre young people in the streets of Isla Vista to get 'revenge' on them. In his own words: 'It would be a day in which I exact my ultimate retribution and revenge on all of the hedonistic scum who enjoyed lives of pleasure that they don't deserve. If I can't have it, I will destroy it. I will destroy all women because I can never have them. I will make them all suffer for rejecting me. I will arm myself with deadly weapons and wage a war against all women and the men they are attracted to. And I will slaughter them like the animals they are," the complaint states, citing Rodger's manifesto.