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Isla Vista Survivors Speak Out
updated: May 30, 2014, 12:00 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Survivors from the Isla Vista shooting are speaking out about their recovery and the tragedy that killed six people and injured 13. Of those injured, two survivors have come forward to tell their side of that horrific night.

Bianca de Kock recently gave an interview to ABC News about what she remembers and the sorority sisters she lost that night, Veronika Weiss and Katie Cooper. De Kock describes walking back to the Tri Delta sorority house with Weiss and Cooper last Friday when a black BMW came out of nowhere with the window down. The driver, Elliot Rodger, had a "smirky, grimacy smile," she said. Rodger opened fire and De Kock was hit five times, bullets hitting her arm and chest, some grazing her body. She was released from the hospital Monday and is back home in Alameda, California, with her family. View the full interview below:

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Nick Pasichuke is another survivor who is lucky to be alive. He recently gave an interview to Anderson Cooper after being released from the hospital. Pasichuke is a student at the University of Pacific and water polo player who was visiting friends in Isla Vista last weekend. He was skateboarding on Friday evening when Rodgers BMW came up from behind and ran him over. The impact shattered Nick's right leg, broke his left leg, left him with facial fractures and other injuries. The below photo was posted on Twitter by a friend showing Pasichuke recovering in Cottage Hospital.

Pasichuke was released from Cottage and is recovering at home where he gave the below interview to Anderson Cooper.

Counseling Services

The Hosford Clinic at UC Santa Barbara is offering free brief counseling for individuals, couples, and families affected by the traumatic events in Isla Vista. Visit education.ucsb.edu for more information.

The Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN), a local grassroots volunteer organization, has opened two Compassion Centers in Isla Vista as part of their response efforts in the aftermath of the IV tragedy. SBRN is also providing ongoing trainings in Psychological First Aid (PFA) to prepare volunteers to offer PFA services. Call (805) 699-5608 for more information.

Where to Donate

1. The Victims of Isla Vista Fund is set up through the Santa Barbara Foundation and is dedicated to helping individuals and families of those who were affected by the tragedy that occurred on May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, CA. Donations can be made at sbfoundation.org

2. Project IV Love aims to serve as a platform to garnish donations for the creation of a permanent Memorial Public Art Installation in Isla Vista, California that honors and remembers the victims who died due to the tragic event on May 23, 2014. 100% of the donations to this site will be used for the materials & labor needed to build and create the Memorial Public Art Installation. Donations are accepted through indiegogo.com More information can be found at projectivlove.com

3. Isla Vista Screen Printing has started Isla Vista United to help support the fallen, the families, and the community. Al net profits of the purchase of an Isla Vista United tank or tee will be donated to the SB Foundation fund. Read more at uniteislavista.com

4. Greek U is also donating 100% of the profits of their Isla Vista Strong t-shirts to the Santa Barbara Foundation's Victims of Isla Vista Fund. Proceeds will help individuals and their families who were the victims of the May 23rd shootings in Isla Vista. Read more at greeku.com

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