His brother was an Army sergeant stationed in Germany who died in a March 2011 car crash while attending Special Forces selection training in Virginia, according to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
The same year, Goh’s mother died in South Korea, where she had moved, her former Oakland neighbors told the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s unclear how Goh earned a living before he became a nursing student at the tiny private school of about 100 students. But in January, Goh found himself expelled. Oikos officials have not said publicly what led to his expulsion.
According to the school’s disciplinary policy, dismissal can come if a student threatens or harms someone or school property. “Because Oikos functions as a community of believers, students are to demonstrate a respectful attitude in all encounters,” it states.
People at the school “disrespected him, laughed at him,” Jordan said. “They made fun of his lack of English speaking skills. It made him feel isolated compared to the other students.”
Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, after planning the attack for weeks, Goh arrived at the school in an industrial park near Oakland’s airport, police said. Upon entering the building, Goh was intent on finding a female school administrator who wasn’t there, Jordan said.
Goh then accosted the receptionist, marching her to a classroom, he said.
Goh “started ordering people to stand up, started yelling at them,” the police chief said. “They started freaking out. He asked them to line up. Some did, some didn’t, and that’s when he began to shoot.”
By the time police arrived, five of the victims were already dead. Two died later in the day at the hospital.
One of the slain was receptionist Katleen Ping, 24, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines in 2007 and leaves behind a 4-year-old son, said her father, Liberty Ping. He described his daughter as the rock of their family.
“We’re just focusing on the positives,” he said. “She’s with the Lord. She’s in a better place right now.”
So far, investigators said, Goh has not shown any remorse.
Police said Goh has cooperated with officers — though he would not reveal where he left the semi-automatic pistol used in the shooting — and is being held without bail on suspicion of seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and other charges. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.