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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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Bechard Family-Oahu, HI wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00 am:

Our prayers go out to the Nishikawa family and also to the parents/siblings of Chong, Pak, and Simon. We won't forget Luke as one of our sons from HMA. Knowing that God is in control of the situation will give us greater comfort. Aloha Luke! Uncle, Aunty, Ben, Aaron, Ana, and Nesi Bechard.

Maxine WWU wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:03 am:

Just know that the students of Walla Walla University is praying for you guys. Let the Lord our God guide you with his light through this darkness.

Student from WWU (Walla Walla University) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:50 am:

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you guys in my prays today. Just always remember to trust in God in times of sadness! Just know that the students in Walla Walla are parying for you guys!

Pastor John and Maria Abbott, Honolulu, HI wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:21 am:

We love the Nishikawa's! When we moved 3 months ago to Hawaii Luke was so kind to offer surfing lessons to our son. He was so-o-o willing to be a friend. Our church family is uplifting Pastor Koji, his wife and daughter through prayer. Thank You PUC for all the love you have given.

Ryan Tone, LLUSM wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:48 pm:

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these four young guys. All of them had so much in store for them and it is so sad that it ended so suddenly and so tragically. God speed to everyone who knew them. Be comforted that you will see them soon.

Stokes Family wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:06 pm:

Our hearts, tears, and prayers are with you. There are no words, but be assured we are with you in heart and spirit. For being so young, each young man had already started leaving their mark on this world...they will be sorely missed. God bless.

Tara Eagan (former PUC student) La Sierra Univ. wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm:

I knew Boaz quite well. he was always laughing or making others laugh. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. Its never easy to say goodbye... REST IN PARADISE BOAZ. To all four Boys: may the angels keep you company on your trip to heaven, you'll never be forgotten by the ones that love you. My prayers/thoughts are with the families.

Pastor Greg Webster, PUC Alum & Proud Father of PUC Student wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm:

Grief is necessary on this broken dying planet. Just don't grieve as those who have no hope. Please Lord Jesus, come...

Jennifer Arismendy wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:54 pm:

I did not get the chance to really know any of these fine young men. But for some reason, a memory sticks out in my mind of Simon when he sat close by me in Human Development class. He called me a "Hippie" because of some class activity. I thought he was hilarious. That comment really made me snort. I know he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all the families and friends of these four guys. Much love to you all.

Teryl & Olivia Loeffler wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:15 pm:

We pray that God's love and grace will sustain you during this most difficult time. May the great Comforter provide you with the peace that passes all understanding.

Michael Robertson, Pastor, North Carolina wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm:

It is never easy to say goodbye to those you truly love. You may have questions of why God allows such things to happen. God hears the prayers of those who are grieving. Consider this video that might answer such questions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvWNkMWWjs0 In the end, God and Love wins.

Raethel Ohana - Hawaii wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these four special young men during this time of sadness and loss. May God surround you all with his love and care.

The Easley Family wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends. May those around you give you strength as you deal with this horrific loss.

Kaleigh, Union College, Nebraska wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm:

I didn't personally know any of these young men but a few of my friends did, and I know how hard it is to lose a friend and family member. It hurts to see them hurting but I want you all to know Union College is praying for the friends and family members of the students. May God be with you in your time of sorrow and that you may get through this tragety with him by your side.

Greg, yarnie, Catherine Cheng wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm:

My heart aches even though only my daughter knows Luke when she was at PUC 05&06. Just driving thro' those curvy roads makes me shiver to hear about the tragedy. Our condolences to the family. Our hearts,thoughts and prayers are with all of them as parents. Cheng family-loma linda, ca.

jasen salvatore, hollywood ca wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm:

I am speechless, I did not have the opportunity to have know these exceptional young men, my sincere prayers and thoughts are with the family's and the PUC campus

Augie Medina Jr. (Fraser Valley Adventist Academy) wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm:

Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with the family, friends, and community of these fine young men during this great loss. Our reunion will be soon with our Father, where there "will be no more sorrow, and no more tears."

Randal Wisbey, President, La Sierra University wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm:

Dear PUC Family, We gathered at the Glory of God's Grace sculpture at noon for prayer on your behalf. Several students prayed for their friends at PUC (with a number in tears as they had gone to school with the young men), others prayed that faculty would know how to care for their students, and one prayed for the parents who lost their beloved sons. I prayed Dr. Osborn as he leads your campus in this most trying of situations. There will be a group of our students who will be attending the service on Thursday. Please know that LSU sends our love and prayers to you as our sister institution.

Amy, Newbold College, England wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm:

i didn't know these men, but a close friend of mine at PUC did and has greatly felt their loss. i cry with him. every time an adventist university has a loss, it feels so close to home... even though we are continents away. it's hard to understand why things like this happen, but God has a reason for everything. i am praying for theses families. May we all meet someday in heaven!

Won Family, San Jose wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm:

We are continually praying for the families who have experienced this tragic loss. Although we didn't have the privilege of knowing these young men, we have felt a tremendous sense of loss and grief for the families. We believe Christ will surely provide an extra-special moment during His second coming for those who have lost loved ones--it will be a reunion that will never end. May God envelop you in His love and comfort.

Jason Park - Andrews University wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm:

First, I like to say that everyone here at Andrews give our deepest prayers to all friends, family and the entire PUC campus. This is the time where we need God most. I hope God blesses your campus and everyone stays strong.

Keith Leavitt (Canadian University College) wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm:

How fragile life can be. May God comfort and strengthen the families and friends of these young men. What a glorious reunion day awaits us!

LSU student wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm:

My thoughts and prayers are with these young men, their friends and especially their families. In hard times this verse always lifts my spirits. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

PUC wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:08 am:

It's difficult to see young lives taken so soon, but knowing that they gave their lives to Christ, we know we will see them someday. Although i didn't know them well, my heart still aches for this. My thoughts and my prayers to the families and loved ones of each of these 4 boys.

Myron and Faith Littman (former PUC students) wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:54 am:

Our prayers are with with the families of the students. And, our prayers are with the PUC campus as they are dealing with the loss of these young men.

Loma Linda Academy Students & Faculty wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:31 am:

The PUC family is in our prayers to God. We cannot fully express our deep sympathy for Luke, Simon, Boaz and Chong. These are wonderful young men! We pray for their families and their friends. We love you PUC and we are with you in Spirit and in our hearts. Your LLA family.

Anonyymous wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:03 am:

God bless these lives taken so early. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Paddy McCoy wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:31 am:

Dearest PUC Family, as well as the families of Luke, Boaz, Simon, and Chong... Our campus, WWU, is lifting you all up in our prayers since we heard the horrific news. Our hearts break with yours and we wish we could be there to physically surround you with our arms, but we are surrounding you with our thoughts and prayers. "If there are longings in our hearts that nothing in this world can satisfy it can only mean one thing...we were meant for another world." (Lewis) We long together for heaven

Lawrence Francis, Union College wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:30 am:

We have this hope that burns within our hearts, Hope in the coming of the Lord. We have this faith that Christ alone imparts, Faith in the promise of His Word. We believe the time is here, When the nations far and near, Shall awake, and shout, and sing--Hallelujah! Christ is King! I feel like I have lost one of my own brothers. It hurts real bad but I know my Friend Jesus has a better plan in not too far in future. I can't wait. God be with us all.

Fortune Family wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:22 am:

We are saddened whenever we hear of the loss of a life, especially those so young. Our prayers go out to the campus family and family of origin for these young men. May God strengthen you during this sad time.

Shelly Henry, Oakwood University wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:04 am:

I've not known the young men, but my heart still aches for the families. I pray that you feel the comforting touch of His warm embrace; He promises to never leave you alone. Remember that He's always by your side. My heart and prayers are with you.

A friend of Luke wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:54 am:

Luke was one who was truly following the lead of Jesus. He was able to bring joy to the lives of everyone he came into contact with. I knew Luke from Hawaii, and he has always been a truly one-of-a-kind genuinely good person. You will be missed Luke. But I know you will definitely be walking with God in heaven. Singing and playing beautiful music to praise Him.

Judy Joiner, Union College wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:47 am:

My heart is heavy thinking about the young men who died and the families left behind. May you hold on to God's hand and know He is there for you. What a blessed reunion will happen when Jesus comes! You will be in our prayers for many days to come!

Pastor Nozomu Obara, SDA Japanese Church wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:32 am:

No words to say. Jesus, come again as soon as possible!

Charles Scriven wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:24 am:

Many of us at Kettering College of Medical Arts, in Ohio, have ties of one kind or other with the PUC community. My words could never do justice to this kind of pain. We are so sorry. We are praying that the PUC community, and especially the affected families, will receive the hope and courage they need.

Ginger Ketting-Weller, VPAA, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:08 am:

Our hearts have been so heavy for the PUC family and the families of these young men. This is such a deeply devastating loss. We're keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts.

J wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:00 am:

Rest in Peace my friends...

Robin Taylor wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 7:30 am:

The Nursing students of Oakwood University share in the pain of our family at PUC. We will continue to stand in the gap with our prayers for your faith, strength, and comfort during your time of grief.

Sanitha Douglas wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 7:24 am:

I did not know the young men, but my heart felt prayers are with their family and friends. May God bless you through this difficult time. Oakwood University Health Services

Kim Trott wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 7:18 am:

I am a teacher and Oakwood Adventist Academy in Hunstville, Alabama. I was very saddened to hear of this loss. My family prayers and the prayers of my 5th Graders are with you at this time. May God continue to comfort you. He is coming soon! Always praying, K.Trott

Wilma Darcy, Union College staff wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:49 am:

I picture Jesus with arms outstretched and tears in his eyes, inviting all of us to come into his presence for comfort over the loss of these four young men. My prayers are with the families of these young men and each person in the PUC family as you deal with this tragic loss. It's not okay now, but soon God will make everything right.

Bukaris and Arpa Anugerah, Norristown,PA wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:31 am:

We heard the tragic news from our daughter who is a student at La Sierra University, as parents our hearts ache tremendously, when we hear young people who love the Lord die unexpectedly, at the same time as believers we are aware that pain and suffering is the reality in this world. We pray that God's love and mercy will be upon all of us,PUC family and friends and especially their parents and families. Good courage.

anonymous wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 5:47 am:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.You are in my prayers constantly. form korea

A friend wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 4:20 am:

My prayers go out to you...family and friends...*hugs*

Joshua Crouch, La Sierra wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:36 am:

Im gonna miss you Luke...all the families and friends are in my prayers

Allen Medenilla wrote on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:00 am:

There is so much saddness to know that these four guys were onces the guys on my floor. As hope one day I got to see Luke once again. I pray for the family and friends that are at PUC. I miss you guys and I will always treasure the memories.

Eunice wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm:

You and your family will be in my prayers.... we will all meet again....

Chad Yazawa - HMA Alumnus/UH at Manoa wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:55 pm:

Prayers are with you all at PUC and especially the victims families. Luke was an awesome friend. He was always smiling and cheerful. Always joked around and made people laugh. Whenever I needed someone to take me home from an event, Luke was there. Whenever I needed a place to sleep over, Luke was there. Whenever we needed someone to host a BBQ to just relax from school and work, Luke was there. And when we finally get to heaven, Luke will be there. I miss you Luke..

Current PUC Student wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:32 pm:

My heart goes out to the families of Luke, Boaz, Chong, and Simon. I did not know them but saw them in passing and only heard nothing but good things about them. My prayer for the families is that the Holy Spirit will comfort them during this time of great sorrow. I know that we will see them again one day soon. You (the families) will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and I pray for God's healing touch to be upon you. We will all get through this tough time with God's help.

Gem PUC wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:24 pm:

My prayers are for the family and friends of the Luke, Boaz, Chong, and Simon. Such young men that are going to to be missed dearly. But soon we will see them again in heaven.

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