The enormity of the loss is still settling over the San Leandro home where Doris Chibuko lived before she fell victim to the rampage at Oikos University Monday.
Chibuko, a 40-year-old former lawyer from Nigeria, had nearly finished re-training as a nurse when she became one of the seven people who were shot down in cold blood, allegedly by former Oikos student One L. Goh.
Inside the Chibuko home, three young girls who will now grow up without a mom played the inky dinky spider Wednesday, seemingly unaware of the tragedy that will forever change their lives.
Nearby, their grandmother and Doris’s mom, Victoria Achu, shook her head in numb despair.
“How does this happen?” she asked rhetorically.
Achu had come from Nigeria about 14 months ago to help Doris care for the three young girls born to her and her husband, Efanye Chibuko, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The eldest child, eight-year-old Chioma, is a third grader at Corvallis Elementary School. Her sisters are Ify, 5, and Chemelie, 3.
Their half-sister, 14-year-old Ngozi Chibuko, attends Edendale Middle School.
While Efanye Chibuko made funeral arrangements Wednesday, friends from the Nigerian community kept vigil at the family’s home on the southeast edge of San Leandro, above Interstate 580
“We are a closely knit group of friends,” said Obi Chidom, a member of Efanye's men’s group. Chidom said Doris had always delighted in hosting the men. “She was the rock that kept our friendship together,” Chidom said.
There was no anger in the circle of friends who sat on folding chairs in the Chibuko garage, only a sense of loss and a commitment to stay as long as needed and help in any way possible.
“We say we are friends, but it is more like family,” said Amaka Iphie, hugging both hands to her chest. “That is why we will be here.”
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