By Eric Heinz
Kim Dietz, 59, who lived in South Orange County most of her life, was one of the nine victims killed in the Umpqua Community College shooting on Oct. 1 in Roseburg, Oregon.
Kim’s daughter, Shannon, was taking classes at the same college as her mother and was on campus the day of the shooting, which was carried out by Chris Harper Mercer, 26, who also died during the incident.
Kim’s brother- and sister-in-law are currently in Oregon helping Kim’s widower, Eric, and Sannon pick up the pieces, but they haven’t been alone in the effort.
“Yesterday 25 volunteers showed up and they are redoing the whole house and doing the painting and flooring,” Toni Dietz, Kim’s sister-in-law, said.
Kim was remembered as a hard-working individual who would help people in need. Randy, Kim’s brother-in-law, said he had known her for almost two decades and that she had a resilient spirit.
“Her dedication to her daughter is probably the No. 1 characteristic about her,” Randy said. “She was caring and really cared a lot for animals.”
Randy said Kim grew up in Mission Viejo but spent a lot of time in the San Clemente area. He said he was very involved at Concordia Elementary, where her daughter attended school when they lived in the area.
They moved to Oregon in 2008.
People in the area have been helping the family restore their home, as they were in the midst of remodeling before Kim was shot. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced he would make a visit to the victims of the Roseburg shooting.