A bullet hole remained in the window of an Isla Vista coffee shop for years after the rampage. (Sam Goldman)

The first “incel” rampage brewed in an idyllic California college town. Five years later, Isla Vista still copes with its darkest chapter.

I. Tragedy

Several people took shelter in a 7-Eleven during the rampage. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk)
A view many Isla Vistans end the day with (Sam Goldman)
In past years, Deltopia, I.V.’s collective spring party day, led thousands of Isla Vistans and out-of-towners to revel along Del Playa Drive. (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk)
Several thousand people (left) turned out for a memorial in Anisq’Oyo’ Park on May 24. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk) Three days later, 20,000 attended a memorial at UCSB’s Harder Stadium (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk)
Communing outside I.V. Deli Mart meant putting up with TV cameras. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk)

II. Men

Chris Pollard tried talking to and understanding Rodger in their apartment complex’s courtyard after the eventual assailant returned one night crying and limping. (Sam Goldman)
Siavash Zohoori gives a talk on healthy masculinity and storytelling. (Siavash Zohoori)

III. A really big task

Zohoori took this photo for an art class prior to May 2014, wanting “to make some sort of comment on the way young boys are raised and socialized to violence.” (Siavash Zohoori)
UCPD officer Ariel Bournes leads a memorial walk on the fifth anniversary of the Isla Vista tragedy. (John Rose / Noozhawk)
Pardall Road (Sam Goldman / Noozhawk)
Benches, designed by students, memorialize the six victims of May 23, 2014 with motifs “inspired by the words and memories” of the six. They’re part of the IV Love + Remembrance Garden spanning People’s and Perfect parks. (Sam Goldman)
Isla Vista’s beach at low tide (Sam Goldman)

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