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June 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Family of SPU shooting victim offers thanks

PORTLAND (AP) — The family of the 19-year-old student killed in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University last week says it plans to start a memorial foundation in his honor.

The Oregonian reports that Paul Lee’s father and brother released a statement thanking the community for its support.

Authorities say Lee, of Portland, was killed June 5 by Aaron Ybarra, who told police he had no reason for targeting the small Christian university. They say Ybarra’s rampage June 5 was stopped by a student building monitor who pepper-sprayed him. Two other people were wounded.

Lee’s family says he planned to major in psychology to help those in distress.

His father says it’s a harsh reality that Lee’s life was ended by the kind of person he would have wanted to help. The family intends to start the Paul Lee Foundation, aimed at raising awareness and support for people with mental illness.

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