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Victims in California rampage identified, authorities continue investigation

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the three men found fatally stabbed in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, who police say fatally shot three others in a killing spree that ended with his suicide.
  
The Santa Barbara sheriff's office said Sunday that the victims were 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong and 19-year-old George Chen -- both from San Jose -- and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont.
  
The three UC Santa Barbara students were the first killed in Friday night's rampage.
  
Hong and Chen are listed on the lease as Rodger's roommates. Investigators were trying to determine whether Wang was also a roommate or was visiting the night of the killings.

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have identified one of three men found stabbed to death in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, who police say fatally shot three others in a killing spree that ended with the suspect's suicide.
  
KSBY-TV reports that Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley said Sunday that 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong was among the first three killed in Friday's night's rampage.
  
Hong's relatives have been notified of his death. The identities of the other two men in the apartment have not been released.
  
Dudley says Hong was involved in a case involving stolen candles. Sheriff's officials mentioned that case at a Saturday press conference, saying Rodger contacted authorities reporting his roommate had stolen candles.
  
Hong was charged with petty theft, and Dudley says he pleaded guilty.

Internet videos posted by Elliot Rodger are filled with threats and bitterness, but sheriff's deputies didn't become aware of them until it was too late.
  
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the agency "was not aware of any videos" until after Rodger went on beach-town rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded. Authorities believe the 22-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  
A Rodger family attorney says they called police after being alarmed by videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people" that Rodger had posted.
  
Deputies visited Rodger last month after being alerted by local health officials, who had been in touch with the family. They concluded he posed no threat.
  
It's not clear why the sheriffs did not see the videos.

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