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Vigils Monday at UC campuses across the state

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Santa Barbara killing spree is hitting close to home. A local student was almost hit by a bullet, and another student is organizing a vigil at UC San Diego Monday night.

Sierra Swartz still doesn't know how the bullet missed her. The San Diego native -- who now attends Santa Barbara City College -- was walking to her boyfriend's house Friday night when Elliot Rodger, who had already killed six people, tried to make her his next victim.

"I was the only one and he looked directly at me. He talked to me and then he shot at me multiple times, and somehow even though I wasn't running, he didn't hit me," Swartz said.

Swartz says she now plans to pack up and head back to San Diego, where she will find support from fellow students like UC San Diego's Julia Brown.

"I looked for a UCSD vigil and I couldn't find any," Brown said.

So the freshman microbiology student started one herself, posting an open invitation on Facebook to a candlelight vigil Monday night at UC San Diego.

"I usually don't put myself out there like that, but it's… this was more important than my own comfort," Brown said.

More than 2,300 people have already responded, including some from UC Santa Barbara saying thanks for the support.

"It's really humbling to have started something so big," Brown said.

Some clubs and individual students have also stepped in to help, providing everything from a speaker system to candles. But everyone is bringing the most important thing -- compassion.

Rodger stabbed his three roommates to death, then went on a shooting rampage, killing a UCSB student who went to a deli to buy a sandwich, and two women standing outside a sorority house. He eventually took his own life as police were about to catch him,.

UCLA and UC Santa Cruz will also host candlelight vigils Monday night. Students at UC Irvine and Cal Berkeley have planned vigils for later this week.

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