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In memory and honor of Boaz Pak, Luke Nishikawa, Simon Son, and Chong Shin, we invite those who knew them to share memories and messages here. We have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and sympathy from those who understand and wish to support the students and family in this time of loss. All such thoughts are welcome here as well.

Thoughts and Memories


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Welby Lo wrote on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm:

Boaz was in a class that I got to student teach...one of my first students. I remember him being an amazing kid and just always so very happy and go lucky. You are missed and my thoughts and prayers go to not only your family but the families of the other guys who were in that car.

Aimee Wyrick wrote on Nov 16, 2012 at 11:39 am:

I think of these boys on a weekly basis and will never forget what they meant to us all.

Al Martinez wrote on Feb 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm:

Luke, you always graced us with your smile and aloha...much love...

a friend wrote on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm:

boaz, i miss you and think about you everyday.

Patricia Stewart Daniel, Oakwood University wrote on Dec 12, 2008 at 6:35 pm:

Dear members of the PUC Family: Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your brothers and sisters on the campus of Oakwood University. May you sense the warmth and comfort of our Heavenly Father's love in this difficult time.

Robinson & Starry Devadhason wrote on Dec 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm:

Our hearts go out to the families of these four wonderful young men. We do not understand why God allows these tragedies. But our faith is in the Lord. We grieve with you. Our children knew and were friends with some of these boys. We pray for God's arms to carry you during these difficult times. May God be your comfort. May He hear your cries. Thank you for raising up such wonderful, caring and giving children. Love Devadhason Family San Diego, CA

Christina wrote on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:56 am:

Holy spirit please comfort the parents and families and friends of the 4 who died. In the name of the father and of the son and of the holy sprit Amen. In Jesus's name we pray Amen.

br. George wrote on Dec 7, 2008 at 7:47 pm:

my sympaties to the family and friens of the young men .god continue to guide and bless us till. the eternal day. be strong

Glendale Central Spanish Church ( South Cali wrote on Dec 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm:

Dearest PUC Family, Our hearts go to the families that lost thier students. Remeber that we have you in our prayers.

Simon's. wrote on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm:

Simon, i miss you. God took you away, and we're missing you but we're left with happy memories. I secretly cried a lot knowing i'd never be able to talk to you, or hug you again in my lifetime. I still think of you often, laundry buddy. You're really gone. Remember how you wanted me to apply to PUC? I was going to call you about that, but it's too late. Senior year, and i lose you. I wonder if you knew you were amazing and unique, one-of-a-kind. Thank you, God, for allowing me to meet Simon.

Veisinia Mo'ungaafi wrote on Dec 2, 2008 at 7:02 am:

My prayers and thoughts are for the families of these students. I pray that you continue to trust him even in this time of sorrow. Love Mo'ungaafi family Salt Lake City

Ashley - Union College wrote on Dec 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm:

All of the students of PUC and the families of the boys are still in our thoughts and prayers. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow, God IS STILL THERE.

Martin Surridge wrote on Nov 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm:

I took history classes with Luke and was friends with Boaz in high school. Luke was a quiet guy in class but you could always tell he loved history. I'll never forget teasing Boaz back in the day. He was a Spurs fan and we were Nets fans. We hated the Spurs because they knocked the Nets out of the playoffs and there would always be some friendly trash talk. I'm going to miss both of these guys. I pray to God that something like this never has to strike our campus again. God Bless you all.

From another mother wrote on Nov 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm:

Most moms are very compassionate, I too can relate to losing a loved one. My tears and prayers go out to these precious people,their families and friends as well as our community. Remember we're children of the almighty GOD,we have a strong hope of meeting our friends and love ones in the Golden City. It will be the happiest and biggest family reunion ever and nothing or no one can ever take that away from us. Read ISA 25:8,Prov14:32 and Rom8:38,39. Until we meet in heaven.ONE LOVE.

Lisa McDaniel, Hanford Campus wrote on Nov 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm:

Although I didn't know any of these students, my heart still goes out to them, their families, and their friends during this time. Being off campus doesn't allow us the ability to meet many of those students on campus, but we are all still part of the PUC family, and we are all feeling the loss. God Bless and our prayers are with all of you

C. H. A. F. E. S. Ministries wrote on Nov 30, 2008 at 11:24 am:

Dear Jesus, We thank You for the Youth at all of our Adventist Colleges and we ask Your blessings on the four young men who passed this November in a car crash. May their families have peace that passes all understanding, this Holiday Season, that bring much joy in their loss this New Year 2009.

Melissa Magee wrote on Nov 30, 2008 at 12:24 am:

Boaz and I both went to Redwood, I was two years older. I always loved his light-hearted spirit! In 2006 the Michaelangelo Players went on tour to Walla Walla and so I got the chance to see him again. One afternoon we sat in the park and talked about life and the future, and I was struck (again) by the thoughtfulness with which Boaz approached his decisions. I still believe that my friend has a bright future, only now I see that it involves a resurrection and "forever".

a friend of boaz wrote on Nov 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm:

This Thanksgiving, I thanked God for allowing me to have had Boaz's friendship. I pray for his family and wish them peace.

Nina Nguyen (PAA student) wrote on Nov 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm:

I'm terribly sorry about your loss. Several friends who go to my school have been affected tremendously with the deaths of the four PUC students. I just wanted to let you know that those of us at PAA are praying for you to endure through this experience with God's help.

Sandra Cushing Eaton wrote on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm:

On this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for Simon being in my son Evan's life. Simon had an eternal impact on him. My only regret is that I didn't know him better. May peace be with your family,and may you rest with the assurance that God did work through Simon in ways that that cannot be measured in words alone. Our prayers are with you....

Lupe Negrete - EAS teacher wrote on Nov 27, 2008 at 8:31 am:

To the mothers, fathers, and brothers and sisters of these four sons. I pray and mourn over the loss of your precious, precious son. I too have lost a son and know the depth of your loss and feel it now as I write this to you. You have a choice now, to blame God and distance yourselves from Him, or to hold on to Him like you never have before and look forward to that awesome family reunion in the not-so-far future. Be there for your son.

Kari Kozik wrote on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:35 am:

I'm sorry about the lost of the 4 men who went to PUC. I know how the family is going though, my pray goes out to all the family, who just lost there love one, It's going to be thanksgiving day, I know things will not be the same without those love one, I'm deeply sorry about what, happen know that you aren't alone with all your friend and family out there, we love you. You will always be my loving pray. Thanks!

irene&joseph wrote on Nov 26, 2008 at 9:54 am:

my son goes to puc,i cant't imagine what it would be if i received a call from school.i cried for these boys as well for their family.may we get our strength from god. all of you are in my prayer's may god bless you. and we can be together in haven very soon. they are gone and resting fom what turmoil this nation is going through. may our god guide us allways.

Esther wrote on Nov 26, 2008 at 8:37 am:

They were all wonderful men who touched everyone who came across them. They will always have a special place in my heart and I can't wait till I see them in Heaven with Jesus. May they rest in peace.

Chet Cushing wrote on Nov 26, 2008 at 2:48 am:

Simon, I am stunned to hear of your passing. Thank you for sharing part of your life as my son's loyal friend. I was always happy to see the two of you together, and knowing that will not happen again leaves a large hole in our hearts...you are gone away too soon...

Elizabeth wrote on Nov 25, 2008 at 10:13 pm:

I am very saddened by this tragic sudden loss. May God's peace and love rest on each of their families and the University as well. I can't wait to meet them soon in heaven!

Jared, Colleen, and Jolie Nakamura- Kaneohe, HI wrote on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:26 pm:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. We didn't know Luke well, but his parents have been such a wonderful blessing to the Kenjo and Nakamura family. Jared and I will strive to raise our daughter with all the love and strong values as the Nishikawa family has instilled in their children. We look forward to the day that the nishikawa will all be joined again when the Lord returns!! With all our love The Nakamura's

Ryan wrote on Nov 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm:

May they rest in peace. Sad to see them go so soon. They are in better hands. My prayers to all their families, friends, etc.

Amber I wrote on Nov 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm:

Please know that all of you are in my prayers. May you have comfort knowing that Jesus is walking with you now as He has in the past, and He will continue for the future. He loves us soo much.

Karen Iseminger, Alexandria, Virginia wrote on Nov 23, 2008 at 11:32 am:

Dear Masumi, My heart aches for you and I cherish the beautiful family picture you sent last Christmas. My prayers are with you and your family constantly during this difficult time, and also for the families of Simon, Boaz, and Chong.

Kelly Pritchard Biegger wrote on Nov 23, 2008 at 11:04 am:

I did not know these students but am a graduate. My thoughts and prayers are with all connected with these four young men. May God give you peace in this great time of sorrow. May you all see each other again in Heaven

Donna wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm:

I am sure the question that is being asked is "Why?" but praise the Lord because we have that "Hope" that some day He will make it plain to us. We have that "hope" that we will see them again and we have that "hope" that the question "why?" will be answered. To the families and friends: Hope you continue in carrying on their "legacy".

Walla Walla wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm:

We did not know these young men, but as a sister college, we feel your pain. WWU prays for your campus, and these families, and the soon coming of our Lord.

Pastor & Mrs. D. Randolph Wilson, Bermuda wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:19 am:

Please know that we pray for you. May God strengthen you during this devastating time. He certainly knows your pain like no other and has the power to heal broken hearts.

Angelina Llopis, Classmate wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 9:59 am:

Boaz accidentally wore his sisters jeans to school in 8th grade and never lived it down. He took me out to eat when I got into LLUSD. He dropped my sisters off at home when I had to work late. He would sit and talk with me for hours. To know him was to know a person of vitality, integrity, and greatness. To know him was to love him. Peace comes in knowing that life doesn't end here; this is not our home. In the meantime I will gather memories to laugh about with Bo when I see him again.

Randall and Dian Scheideman wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 7:37 am:

We read with horror the newspaper accounts of the awful deaths of these four young men. Having driven up and down those beautiful Napa roads into Angwin for the past 35 years, both as students and now as parents, we were overcome with grief that such a beautiful place witnessed a horrific accident. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends at this devastating time.

Pastor Daniel Belonio Jr. wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 7:04 am:

No words can express the deep pain and sadness we all feel for families and friends of these four young men. As a father of a daughter who attended PUC and a former pastor of Loma Linda Korean English Church, my prayers & thoughts are with all concerned!

Mary Cregan wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:49 am:

I am so terribly sorry to hear about your losses. No one should have to go through something like this. I just want you to know that no matter what the Lord is with you. He will not leave you side and is always there when you need Him. Keep you trust in Him and He will comfort you. I will be praying for your families and I hope that everything goes well for you all. I'm sure you'll see them again in heaven soon.

Katerina Adamos wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:46 am:

I offer my condolences to the young men's family and friends. A loss of a life, in this case a loss of 4 lives , is never easy to admit or accept. I give my sympathies to everyone who knew these young men. I will be praying for the families for comfort and strength.

Lauren wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:41 am:

I don't know any of the students that were lost or their families, but i wanted to take a second to let you know how sorry i am about what you're going through. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. I hope that during this time you will be able to lean on each other for support and even more so on God.

Daric Elmer wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:37 am:

I'm praying for all of you. I'm very sorry for your loss. I know what it feels like to loose someone close to you. God be with all of you, and may you stay by His side because He is the only one who can heal your pain.

Rinilda Raviraj wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:36 am:

Jesus gives us peace..a peace that others cannot give.My condolences and god bless the victims families and friends.

Daniel Belonio Jr. wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 6:17 am:

I am a parent of a student who attended PUC and a former pastor of Loma Linda Korean English Church and another person who hurts for the tragic loss of these four young men. While our lives link in many ways, there is nothing sadder than to be linked by death which no words can describe the depth of the loss. Yet, we share the link to the Blessed Resurrection when Jesus comes again. Until then, our prayers & thoughts are with the families & friends of these four men.

Filip- Andrews University wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 3:20 am:

We were not made to experience death, we can praise God for heaven and know that these guys will be there! "Every tear is one tear closer to healing." We are praying for you families and PUC.

Denny, Julia, Colleen and Marcus Uechi wrote on Nov 22, 2008 at 12:10 am:

Our hearts ache for you Koji, Masumi, and Christal. Every time we saw Luke he had that fabulous smile on his face with those dimples! We remember him @ Camp Homelani with his guitar with tape and stickers all over it and his beat up hibachi. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close to Him, and surround you with the love of family and friends. We love you.

Marcie Cookenmaster, Fort Collins, CO wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 9:24 pm:

My prayers are with the families of these four beautiful boys. These boys all had their eye on the prize, and so we must all keep our lives focused on Jesus. I pray that Jesus will return soon and that we can all be reunited in heaven!

Ernie Medina, Jr. wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm:

I'm just totally shocked...my heart goes out to the Nishikawa family. I remember Luke when he was just a little baby, back at AU after having just returned from my stint as a SM in Japan (85-87). After moving to LLU in '89, I enjoyed watching Luke and Crystal grow via their Xmas cards every year. So while I didn't know him well during these later years, I still felt like I knew him. We're praying for you all and look forward to meeting Luke again at the 2nd Coming!

Annie wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 5:42 pm:

We will keep their families in our prayers. I hope everyone's heart will someday be without pain. When Jesus our Savior comes for the second time and takes us to Heaven, I hope we can see all see the love ones we have lost.

Herb & Anna May Waters wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm:

We were not privileged to know these young men, but our hearts ache with each of you who are mourning their loss. We lost a son 23 years ago, and so long for the day when Jesus returns to unite us all. Our only Son, Dr. Steven R Waters, teaches math there at PUC, and has kept us updated on this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with you.

David and Hannah Koilpillai wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm:

Having our own daughter attending PUC we feel the pain and loss the families, students and faculty are going through. Our prayer is that God will hold these families in His arms and give them comfort that is beyond all understanding. That they will feel His presence. As parents we can understand the parents loss and pain. No words at this time can take away the pain the families feels. But we want the families, students and faculty to know that we will continue to pray for them every day.

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