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Yelich angered, saddened by death of former schoolmate in California shooting rampage

Christian Yelich didn't know 19-year-old Veronika Weiss, one of the victims in Friday's shooting rampage at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

But he could identify with her, and her death hit home.

Yelich and Weiss each attended Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., at the same time. Yelich was a senior in 2010 when Weiss was a freshman, and both were involved in athletics. He played baseball, of course. Weiss played water polo.

"Usually you don't really know people from tragedies, or it never happens in your hometown," Yelich said. "Unfortunately, it happened to her."

Yelich said he found out about the shooting Saturday through social media.

"I know a lot of people who go to UC-Santa Barbara and texted my friends who are up there after I heard about it to make sure they were all right," he said. "It's scary."

Yelich said he was alerted to Weiss's death from friends on Twitter and Facebook.

"People I follow who are friends with her were posting stuff about it," Yelich said. "I saw it and thought that's a shame. It's really unfortunate, really sad. It kind of puts everything in perspective. She did nothing wrong. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It makes me mad. It makes me really mad."