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Student killed in Seattle Pacific shooting was from Portland

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Paul Lee, photo from Facebook Paul Lee, photo from Facebook
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -

The student killed in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University was from Portland.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray identified the victim as Paul Lee during a press conference Friday. Lee graduated from Westview High School in 2013.

Q13 in Seattle spoke to friends who described Lee as a kind and loving person who was a deeply involved Christian and loved to dance.

A post made by a man identified as Lee's brother on Facebook thanked friends and family for all their support and told Lee to, "Keep dancin' in heaven."

"At this moment all we can ask is to continue to remember Paul and all that he has left behind for us," wrote Albert Lee.

Westview High School teachers shared the devastating news at a graduation assembly. His former Japanese teacher shared a statement with Fox 12. It said, "Paul Lee was a ray of light in my classroom for three years. It was impossible to be around him and not feel happy. He made class fun for everyone."

The shooter was identified by police as 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra. His attorney said Friday he has long had mental health problems.

Public defender Ramona Brandes said Ybarra is sorry for what he did and is on suicide watch at the jail.

"He is cognizant of the suffering of the victims and their families and the entire Seattle Pacific community," she said, according to the Associated Press. "He is sorry."

In a statement filed in court, Seattle police wrote that Ybarra admitted to detectives after his arrest that he wanted to kill as many people as possible and then himself.

Ybarra was tackled by building monitor Jon Meis in Otto Miller Hall, according to investigators. Meis, 22, likely prevented further carnage, according to police and university officials.

Police said as Ybarra attempted to reload his shotgun, Meis hit him with pepper spray and then tackled him. Other students helped subdue him until officers arrived.

Police said Ybarra had additional rounds and a knife. He was not a student at the university.

Ybarra was hospitalized for mental health evaluations twice in recent years, said Pete Caw, assistant police chief in Ybarra's hometown, the Seattle suburb of Mountlake Terrace.

The other victims of Thursday's shooting included a critically wounded 19-year-old woman who remained in intensive care Friday after a five-hour surgery, as well as 24-year-old man in satisfactory condition, the Associated Press reported.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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