The father of the young woman named in Elliot Rodger's 137-page misogynistic rant says his daughter is "devastated" to be singled out, and now lives in fear.
Rodger, 22, pointed blame at his middle-school crush in the so-called manifesto, which he emailed to his parents and others before his killing spree on Friday.
"She must have thought I was an ultimate loser,” Rodger wrote in the document, claiming the girl had "teased and ridiculed" him, and caused him to begin hating women. "I hated her so much, and I will never forget her."
The Huffington Post is not naming the woman. In a phone interview with the New York Daily News, her father said any idea that his daughter bullied Rodger was a delusion.
“She doesn’t even remember this guy..." the father told the newspaper. “He was two years older than her... Can you imagine a 10-year-old kid bullying a 12-year-old? This little, petite girl bullying him?”
What is real, he said, is his fear that a "copycat" killer may target his daughter, and the grief of all the parents who lost a child in the tragedy.
“I lost a child at the age of 2,” the father said. “I know how hard it was for me. You never get over it. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. I can’t imagine what Elliot’s parents are going through right now.”
Although the woman was named specifically in Rodger's screed, in a jarring video confession posted prior to Friday's events, he blamed women in general for what he called a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.”
Alienation from women factors heavily in other disturbing videos that Rodger posted to YouTube. In one from May 23, which has since been removed from the website, he films a couple at the beach from afar.
"I hate them," he says at one point.
His mother called authorities in April after discovering her son's bizarre videos, but Rodger was able to convince police that he was not a threat to himself or others -- conditions that would have allowed them to take him into custody under California law.