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As we see in The Rise of Kylo Ren comic, it wasn't Ben Solo.

'He vanished with a handful of my students and slaughtered the rest', says Luke to Rey.

But, again, that wasn't Ben; and Luke wasn't conscious when it happened. He didn't really know, although he was certain. Who else could have been?

'Slaughter' sounds like a lightsaber or a knife of some kind. Here (top right hand corner) we see some corpses: enter image description here

Already dead. Maybe killed in their sleep.

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  • i don't recall off the top of my head, but wouldn't it be implied it's the weird villains he's running around w/ in that comic? Secondarily, as it seems the sequel trilogy is wont to do: "it was Palpatine all along"
    – NKCampbell
    Aug 7 '21 at 21:46
  • How can you say that it wasn't Ben? Didn't Sequel Trilogy address this issue? See scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/176919/…
    – Sandun
    Aug 7 '21 at 22:01
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Ben (apparently) killed them. Some of the students did join him, although it's not apparent whether they had any part in the slaughter.

“He must have thought I was dead,” Luke said. “When I came to, the temple was burning. He had vanished with a handful of my students and slaughtered the rest. Leia blamed Snoke, but it was I who broke that family. I failed. Because I was Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master. A legend.”

The Last Jedi - Official Novelisation

Your confusion likely stems from the fact that the comic doesn't portray these events as was described in the film. Multiple tweets on the issue are referenced here

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  • What confusion? Luke thought it had been Ben: but we don't see it. Common sense says 'innocent until proven otherwise' (and that was Luke's sin in the hut: 'you failed by thinking his choice was made'). So, Ben didn't do it. He, as Kylo, killed Han. We know that to be true. The students are a different thing. No matter what Luke thought. (Similarly, Ben didn't vanish with a 'handful' of students: Ben vanished, followed by 3 of them. That's in the comic. Are 3 a 'handful', or less than that?) So, the film and the comic would be in fact complementary, and not mutually exclusive. Aug 7 '21 at 23:11
  • @Sunsetguy6776 - Since when was Ben Solo capable of calling down destructive lightning?
    – Valorum
    Aug 8 '21 at 7:18
  • He didn't call down destructive lightning. Just like he didn't start what looks like a fire immediately before the lightning (in the comic above, the panel with all that smoke and him saying 'w-what?') Aug 8 '21 at 9:18
  • This trope has also been used in a similarly confusing manner Re: Obi-Wan telling Luke that Vader killed his Father.
    – Ben
    Aug 9 '21 at 3:31

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