Chico State Mourns Student Killed by Tree Limb

Aug 28, 2013 12:02 PM

By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer

The young woman who passed away at Enloe Medical Center early last night after an oak tree limb stuck her on campus yesterday afternoon has been identified as 18-year-old Pa Houa Lor of Chico. The university flag at Chico State will be lowered today.

Yesterday just after 3 p.m., emergency personnel responded to Chico State after an initial report of a student trapped underneath a tree in the area between Butte and Lassen Halls. According to Joe Wills, Director of Public Affairs at Chico State, Lor was sitting underneath the tree when the 14” diameter limb fell on her head. Lor was found unconscious and was taken to Enloe Medical Center for severe head trauma. She subsequently passed away last night.

Although the area of the accident had been cordoned off, the area has now reopened for use. Wills stated in the release the arborist who examined the tree yesterday afternoon as well as another arborist this morning determined the tree does not need to be cut down or have other limbs removed.

Lor was a second year student who formerly attended Marsh Junior High School and Chico High School. She entered Chico State’s Educational Opportunity Program in the fall 2012 as a health science major. She is survived by a family of eight whom she lived with at home while attending Chico State as well as other family members in the area. She is the second youngest of three daughters and fourth youngest in her family overall. She has an older brother who attends Chico State and an older sister currently attending Fresno State majoring in nursing.

According to the university’s release, her parents said Lor helped them around the house and with younger siblings while maintaining good grades and a part-time job. They also said they are so regretful this accident happened to her and that their daughter had great things awaiting for her.

“She was a very positive person-shy, respectful, a really good student,” said Victoria Bass, Coordinator for EOP admissions. “Her parapro (paraprofessional) adviser from last year described her as a wonderful student who worked hard to maintain her GPA.”

Zoua Lor, her cousin and a student at Butte College, told Action News Now Reporter Brian Johnson her cousin was a nice, quiet person who aspired to be a nursing student.

Students who need support following this incident can access free urgent walk-in services at the Counseling and Wellness Center located in the Student Services Building Room 430. The counseling center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 898-6345.


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