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ROSEBURG, Ore. — The victims of the deadly Oregon college shooting ranged in age from 18 to 67 and included several freshman students and a teacher.

Authorities released the names, ages and brief biographical information about the nine people who died at a Friday news conference.

Authorities identified the nine victims as 19-year-old Lucero Alcaraz, of Roseburg; 18-year-old Quinn Glen Cooper, of Roseburg; 59-year-old Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, of Roseburg; 18-year-old Lucas Eibel, of Roseburg; 67-year-old teacher Lawrence Levine, of Glide; Jason Dale Johnson, of Winston; 18-year-old Rebecka Ann Carnes, of Myrtle Creek; 44-year-old Sarena Dawn Moore, of Myrtle Creek; and 20-year-old Treven Taylor Anspach, of Sutherlin.

A statement from Eibel’s family says he volunteered at a wildlife center and animal shelter. He was studying chemistry and loved to play soccer.

Cooper’s family says he was funny and compassionate and loved dancing and voice acting.

A statement from Johnson’s family says he was a Christian and recently enrolled in school.

Also included a freshman who was active in Future Farmers of America and loved to play soccer. Another was an 18-year-old who graduated from high school in June and was in his fourth day of college.

Yet another was a 34-year-old who was proud of himself for recently enrolling at Umpqua Community College.

State police also provided the first official confirmation of the shooter’s identity Friday as 26-year-old Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer.

Police say he was enrolled in the class he attacked.

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor says he used a handgun.

Interim U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said Friday Christopher Harper-Mercer stashed a rifle in another room and did not fire it. He says it’s impossible to know what the shooter had planned for the rifle.

Williams says all the information investigators have uncovered so far suggests the gunman acted alone.

President Barack Obama is ordering that American flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.

Obama signed the proclamation at the White House on Friday. He’s directing flags to be lowered until sunset Tuesday.

The college has canceled classes for all of next week.