A victim of a southern California veterans home shooting has a Massachusetts connection.

New England Cable News reports 48-year-old Christine Loeber got her master's degree in social work at Boston College. She was also an affiliate relations manager at NECN prior to pursuing her degree.

Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn called the tragedy, ``senseless.'' He said Loeber was a gifted student ``passionate about serving veterans.''

Loeber was the executive director of the Pathway Home, a nonprofit post-traumatic stress disorder program at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville.

She was one of three women killed Friday after a daylong siege ended with the discovery of four bodies, including the gunman.