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June 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

SPU shooting victim identified as Paul Lee, 19

The student who was killed in Thursday’s shooting at Seattle Pacific University was Paul Lee, 19, Mayor Ed Murray confirmed at a news conference today.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee ( Photo from class website)

Lee was a Seattle Pacific University freshman from Portland. He enjoyed hanging out with friends and eating “delicious food,” he wrote in a Web posting last year. He wrote his “absolutely favorite thing to do is dancing.”

He was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center after Thursday’s shooting.

On Facebook, Albert Lee, Paul Lee’s brother, posted about his anguish:

“At a time when we feel a level of loss, grief, and pain we couldn’t have ever imagined, we are so overwhelmed by all of the thoughts and prayers from the community.

“At this moment all we can ask is to continue to remember Paul and all that he has left behind for us. Thank you all for blanketing us with your kind words, we will thank you all individually in due time.

“Paul, you handsome shekki, we miss you and love you more than you know. Keep dancin’ in heaven.”

The term “shekki” is an expletive in Korean, but between friends it’s used as an endearment.

Paul Lee’s last posting was on May 8. It was a typical one from a college kid.

“never sniff pollen for fun…”

Lee graduated from Westview High School in Portland in 2013.

Brian Bangerter, a Japanese-language instructor at the high school, sent this statement about his former student:

“Paul Lee was a ray of light in my classroom for three years.  It was impossible be around him and not feel happy.  He made class fun for everyone.

“His laugh and smile were both contagious.  Everyone who knew him felt close to him.  He will always be remembered for his infectious positive attitude.  I know I will never forget him.”

Abby Danao, a sophomore at SPU studying mechanical engineering, saw Lee just moments before he was shot.

“I saw him on the sidewalk and said ‘hi’ as I passed,” Danao said.

Just moments later she returned to Otto Miller Hall and saw Lee had been shot.

“I was shocked. I couldn’t move,” Danao said. “I saw his body on the floor with shotgun shells everywhere.”

Danao described Lee as a lively and funny person.

He was a member of hip-hop dance clubs in high school and at SPU.

Writing about his optimism for the future and his passions on a school-program website

“My absolutely favorite thing to do is dancing. It’s a good way to relieve stress and brings joy in my life. “

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