Oakland school shooting victim Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward, Calif. (Courtesy of Daniel Sim)
Oakland school shooting victim Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward, Calif. (Courtesy of Daniel Sim) ( Nick Lammers )

HAYWARD -- A day after a man killed seven people and wounded three others at a Christian college in Oakland, the brother of shooting victim Lydia Sim, 21, said his family was relying on their faith to cope with the tragedy.

Daniel Sim, 19, said that, despite his Hayward family's best efforts to deal with their grief, Monday's tragedy is something "nobody wants to go through."

He said his mother is taking Lydia's death hard while he and his father are trying to stay strong.

"In the end, I know she's in a better place," he said. "It's hard to believe she's gone. In the end, God has a plan and he needed her to come to him early."

Daniel described his sister as an outgoing and independent girl devoted to her Christian faith, with a passion for taking care of children.

Lydia's strong interest in helping kids led her to studies at Oikos University with a dream of one day becoming a pediatrician.

She had about one year left of nursing school, said Sim.

"One year, one more test," he said. "She was about to start her life."

Lydia enjoyed hanging out with family and friends -- "She really liked to chill," Sim said -- and she lived to take care of children, anyone's children.

"Even when she was a kid growing up, she just loved children and would find little babies to take care of," he said.

Daniel said he found out about the shooting on Monday morning when he was on the way to Ohlone College in Fremont. He initially did not believe his sister would be one of the victims, but when he was in class he got a call from his father that said otherwise.

"I heard his voice, and I know my dad, and I knew something was wrong," he said. "He told me 'Daniel,' then paused, 'Your sister passed away.' I broke down right there."

Sim said his family currently worships at the Hayward Korean Baptist Church, adding that he and his sister "grew up in church, and were born in the church."

Daniel and Lydia were born in San Francisco, where they lived for 11 years before moving to Union City. They later moved to Hayward, in the Longwood neighborhood near Hayward Executive Airport. Lydia graduated from James Logan High School in Union City.

"She was such a loving person," Sim said. "She didn't deserve to go like that. She didn't deserve to die."

Contact Eric Kurhi at 510-293-2473. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.