Friends, classmates mourn SPU shooting victim

SEATTLE -- Friends of the victims from Thursday's shooting at Seattle Pacific University are just coming to terms with what happened.

Several students were rushed to the hospital after the gunman opened fire. One of them, freshman Paul Lee of Portland, did not survive, city officials said.

According to friends, Lee graduated from high school last year. He had a love for computers, always had a smile on his face, and left an impact that can never be replaced, they said.

Friends and classmates of the victims continued to lay flowers Friday on the street corner near Otto Miller Hall, where the shooting happened. Some of them were seen wiping away tears.

Sophomore Rachel Allen said she met Lee at the beginning of the school year.

"I just remember thinking he was a really fun, bubbly guy. He liked to have a good time. Someone fun to hang out with," said Allen.

When Allen heard Lee didn't survive, she said it made the reality of what happened that more real.

Allen was one of hundreds of people who attended a prayer service Friday afternoon at Seattle First Free Methodist Church on the university's campus.

Love and faith have strengthened the bond of a student body in mourning.

"I was kind of in shock," Allen said. "I was feeling like it's a new day. Hopefully things are better. But my heart was really heavy."

Allen said she wishes the other victims the best.

As of Friday afternoon, Sarah Williams had been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, a spokeswoman said. She's still in the intensive care unit, but she is conscious and able to breathe on her own.

Thomas Fowler was released from the hospital on Friday. His sister said she's glad he's now home.