President Conoley Responds to News of the Death of Alumna in Las Vegas Shooting
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2017) - The following statement was released by President Jane Close Conoley:
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that a Long Beach State University alumna, Lisa Patterson, was killed in the horrendous mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. After leaving The Beach, she became a cherished mother of three, wife and member of her community in Lomita.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the lives that have been unalterably changed by this tragedy. Victims young and old innocently died in an act of senseless violence, leaving parents, children, extended families and friends to cope with their loss. Many of the injured face challenging recovery efforts, and those who were in attendance and the first responders will have to grapple with what they experienced that night for the rest of their lives.
This is the time for us to come together as a community with compassion and empathy. You can show your support by your positive actions, such as donating blood or contributing to victims’ funds. Let’s continue to be good to each other and take care of those who are affected by this tragedy.
We are One Beach.