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Cow Creek Band employee lost son in deadly shooting in Oregon

Quinn Cooper. Photo from GoFundMe

A mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon claimed the lives of nine people, including the son of an employee of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe.

Quinn Cooper, 18, was killed on October 1, on his fourth day of classes at the college in Roseburg. His mother, Janet Cooper, works for the tribal government office just a few miles away.

"Quinn was my youngest son and younger brother to my eldest son Cody Cooper. Quinn is everything and he was loved by everyone," Janet Cooper wrote on GoFundMe. "He will be missed greatly by many many people please remember him for his fun and witty nature and all of the fun he had with everyone."

The tribe sends some of the participants in its education program to the college. All were accounted for in the aftermath of the deadly shooting, the tribe said on Facebook.

The perpetrator was identified as a 26-year-old student at the college. He turned the gun on himself as police arrived on campus, according to news reports.

Janet Cooper has worked for the tribal government office since 2008, according to the tribe's

Get the Story:
Tribal Government Employee’s Son Killed in Oregon Community College Massacre (Native News Online 10/3)
A Snapshot of Students Lost: Young and Old, but All Striving (The New York Times 10/3)
Confusion, Horror and Heroism in Oregon Shooting (The New York Times 10/4)

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