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HSU community mourns lives lost in fatal bus crash
ARCATA- Students, faculty, community members and administrators gathered in the middle of Humboldt State University on Thursday to pay tribute to the ten lives that were lost in a fiery bus crash last week.
"We lost a group of bright young people with promising futures," said University President Rollin Richmond.
A memorial was held on the campus for the campus community to pay tribute to the lives lost.
Ten were killed and 30 were injured in the crash in Orland, Calif. Five were prospective students on their way to visit the campus for the first time. Three were chaperons, including alumni Arthur Arzola a Humboldt State Admission Councilor and alumni Michael Myvett, who was traveling with his fiancé Mattison Haywood.
Richmond, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, Trustee J. Lawrence Norton, and State Assymbleymember Wesley Chesbro were among those who spoke at the memorial ceremony held on the UC Quad.
"I share the profound sadness and sorrow of our times," said Timothy P. White, CSU Chancellor. "The issues of hopes and dreams,goals and joys shattered in one moment."
It was an emotional day on campus as tears were shed for those who lost their lives.
Several students knew the two alumni who were killed in the crash. Paige Hanzy, a Humboldt State student, knew and went to school with Michael Myvett. "[Today] was very emotional," she said .
The day was about coming together as a family said Richmond. "I am truly proud to be a part of this university system," he said. "I am proud to be part of this big warm Humboldt family."
In the coming days Richmond and other university officials will travel to memorial services and funerals across the state to pay tribute to those that died.