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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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Jim McClelland wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm:

There is a pain in my heart that cannot be explained since I do not know the young men whose lives have been lost except that I agree with John Donne who wrote that "No man is an island and no man stands alone." In times like these we realize our fragile nature and that we live in an unsafe world. I have confidence in the God who says that He knew us before we were born and had written all of the days of our lives in His book before one of them came to be. He promises to wipe away all our tears.

Kim Steiner - Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm:

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am praying for the healing presence of the Holy Spirit to be with each grieving friend and family member.

Jason Obreque -- Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm:

My prayers and condolences go out to the PUC family as well as the individual families of those in this tragedy. May God be with you all as you go through this pain and hardship, Know that your UC family is praying for you and keeping each individual in our prayers.

Sanna Reeve- Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm:

I pray that God will embrace you with a warmth only He can give. In this difficult time, we ARE praying for you PUC. Nothing can soften the blow that impacts your campus but we want you to realize your brothers and sisters mourn with you.

Katie Booton - Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm:

You have a huge burden of pain strapped to your back right now. You may feel like you cant stand up under it, but remember, God is still big enough to take the pain away and replace it with peace. Im praying for you from Nicaragua right now. Im here with 9 other student missionaries, and we will all be praying for you, that God will send his Holy Spirit to comfort you.

George Gibson, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm:

The families of the students and the PUC family are in our prayers. We live in a world damaged by sin. We look forward to a day when tears will be no more.

Michael White, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm:

I want you to know that you, all of you, are in our prayers - prayers in class, prayers in school-wide meetings, prayers in special times and places set up just for this, and of course our personal prayers.

Paulette McLean Johnson wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm:

Dear PUC Family, We am so sorry to learn about the the deaths of these 4 PUC students. We pray God's comfort and peace will enfold you and the families during this very painful time. Trevor & Paulette Johnson Oakwood University

Arturo Allegue wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:12 pm:

Just the hope in the Lord can give any confort. I am so sorry for your lost. I will pray for you

Ashley Lowe @ Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm:

The Holy Spirit is here, right now on this website, with the families with the whole Christian Community, and everyone who knows these outstanding individuals. I may not know them personally, but my cousins and many of my friends attend PUC. This is the time to draw closer as followers in Christ. He is coming soon, don't let Satan hurt anyone anymore. We'll see them again in Heaven. God Bless, and rest in peace dear brothers.

Cheryl Chiasson, Mile High Academy wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:56 am:

Our prayers are with all of you at PUC and the families of the 4 students. 3 of our alumni attend PUC, one of them being my son. May God's peace embrace you all.

Nicole, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:44 am:

How devastating it can be to a campus family to lose four students...four men that were making such a difference in the lives of others. May God be with your school and the families of Boaz, Luke, Simon, and Chong. Our campus is praying for you.

Valeree Krueger wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:28 am:

I cannot imagine the sorrow and grief that family, friends, and school family are experiencing. What a loss of young lives. It is a reminder to each one of us that each day we have is a gift from God. May God send His comfort to all involved. In my prayers, Valeree Krueger, nursing faculty member at Union College

Crystal Meador from Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:26 am:

I am praying for you and your school. Remember Jesus is coming soon and we well see them very soon!

Courtney McCrain Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:02 am:

To the family of those who lost these four incredible, Christian men. Our hearts ache with you and are praying for everyone one of you who are experiencing this terrible loss. I know these guys were well liked and they made a great impact at PUC. God is with you.

From Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:57 am:

As you grieve we grieve with you. God has promised that comfort will come, that peace will be restored, that tears will eventually cease. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

Erome Daniel Hankore wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:50 am:

I don't know who those people were but i just want their families to know that they are in my prayers and that i hope the holy spirit will comfort them throuhg the love of christ! I ask of their families and PUC to hold on to the hope that they WILL see them in heaven very soon. May God bless you.

Jacque Smith, Union College public relations wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:46 am:

We are hurting with you and praying for your strength, courage and a peace that passes all understanding in the coming days, weeks and months. My thoughts and prayers are especially with your communication team and other campus leaders who are working hard to keep communication flowing while they are also grieving. If there is anything your friends at Union College can do, please let us know.

Vasa wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:46 am:

Luke grew up with my little brother. It wasn't until after he returned from Hawaii back to California that I met him as a young man. He was ALWAYS happy to see people and at times I'd question his cheerfulness. But his smiles were genuine and his heart was true. I know he can't hear me, but Luke - I miss you bro. Oute nofo ma fa'atali i aso uma i le aso e toe afio mai le Atua. I love you uso. Sleep well. Know that you are up onstage with me anywhere I go. Peace.

Lindsay Meharry at WWU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:41 am:

What wonderful people these students were that I have learned about. Their lives are testimonies, and countless will miss them, including the many that they've helped. We will see them again, Soon and Very Soon, but until then, our prayers are with you. God's strength.

Rachel Downey, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:41 am:

my thoughts and prayers are with you all right now in this very difficult time. Know that you have a ton of people praying for you and that we have hope in Christ's second coming.

Christopher Patchett, Walla Walla University Student wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:38 am:

I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss! I pray that God would continue to wrap His loving arms around you and that you may feel him at your side during these trying times. Stay strong PUC! We all here at WWU, and all of us at the Facebook Group "I Pray" are praying for you as well!!!

Ben Stephens wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:35 am:

My prayers are will you all...

Megan Frasier Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:21 am:

My prayers are with you, God bless you guys.

Elizabeth at WWU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:18 am:

I am praying for the families and the campus during this very difficult time. Soon Jesus will return and restore life and fix broken bodies. Trust in Jesus, He will see you through these dark days.

Debbie wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:16 am:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to PUC here at Union, so many of our students have been touched by the tragedy at your school.

from Southern Adventist University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:14 am:

Our thoughts are prayers are with our family at PUC and the friends and family of Boaz, Luke, Chong, and Simon.

Vicki Smith, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:07 am:

I am so sorry for the loss of these four young men. My prayers are with the PUC family and the famlies of these students. Isaiah 49:13 "The Lord comforts his people..." and may you feel his arms around you at this sorrowful time.

Heather wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:06 am:

Spirit feels the pain with us, cries with us, and hurts with us. Strength and healing to you all.

Kristin Ko wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:04 am:

I knew Luke and his family from HMA. I can't believe he's gone...he was such an amazing young man! Always smiling. Now he is resting waiting for Christ's return. I pray that his family remains in the arms of God at this time.

Joanna Arnott, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:02 am:

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. This world is a sad place to live in anymore, and I thank God that He is coming back soon. I lost a nephew tragically 2 years ago, and many verses got me through, but this one especially. Hope it comforts you, too. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away." Rev. 21:4

Crista Nazario - Union College Student wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:01 am:

Your school family is in my prayers as are the families of the victims. You have my support and the support of Union College. We are praying for you!

Jeremy UC wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:59 am:

John 16:33, take heart God has over come! prayers for all of puc.

Kylie Schnell, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:57 am:

Know that God is with you, and a network of people are praying.

Debbie Brown, English Department, Columbia Union College, Tk. Pk. Md. wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:49 am:

We at CUC are trying to absorb the news of your loss. PUC community, you are in our prayers as you struggle with this pain. To all--family, friends, faculty, staff, administrators: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Corinth. 15:55

Landon Sell - WWU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:48 am:

Saturday night I found myself praying with my cousin, may the strength that we gained be added to your own in this time and for the time to come.

Sandy Tallman, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:47 am:

I am overwhelmed with sadness to hear about the deaths of Luke, Boaz, Chong and Simon. Even though I haven't had the privilege to know these young men...it seems this world was made a little better by the way they lived and served their God and the community. My prayer is for friends and family to feel God's comfort and peace. And, what an amazing reunion to look forward to when Jesus comes again!

Ginger Ketting-Weller, VPAA, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:44 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.

Niels-Erik Andreasen, President of Andrews U. wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:42 am:

The faculty, staff and students in Andrews University remember four PUC students, thier families, teachers and friends in our prayers and thoughts. God has taken their young lives, but He will give them back to us. This is our hope in Christ.

Ryan Mackin, HMA Task force Dean 2004 wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:37 am:

I heard the news from WWU throught Alumni and Staff. The news is sad, I pray for the families and loved ones of the students. I pray for the college and the time they are going through. May God be with you. I will always remember Luke and his smile or playing a guitar. He was always happy and cheerful when you saw him. Stay strong for We will see the students in Heaven very soon.

Jessie, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:34 am:

It makes my heart ache to know what kind of pain you are going through. I pray that God will bring you peace through the storm. Know that we are all praying for you.

Alex Park wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:34 am:

"Its funny how a tragic event like this temporarily brings me closer to God." Its scary, life that is. May God Bless your families and loved ones. I want to change..I do not want to be afraid. RIP...

Keri Suarez, Andrews University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:32 am:

The thoughts and prayers of the Andrews University community are with you during this time.

Ruth, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:29 am:

So sorry to hear about the 4 young men in the accident Saturday night. My thoughts and prayers are for their families and PUC.

Heather Mekelburg wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:28 am:

You are in my thoughts and prayers

From WWU Church wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:27 am:

We want you to know that we care about the students at PUC as well as our own. We pray that you will all feel God very close to you at this time.

Jessie, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:23 am:

It makes my heart ache to know what kind of pain you are going through. I pray that God will bring you peace through the storm. Know that we are all praying for you.

Susan: Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:23 am:

We are holding you all in our hearts and prayers at WWU.

Harold and Shirlee Kehney wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:19 am:

PUC holds very special memories for our immediate family, and we and our Walla Walla University family have been impacted very deeply by the deaths of your four students. Please be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We care!

Ana Martinez LSU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:13 am:

Separated by miles, your pain and sorrow can still be felt through the halls of our school. To the four boys, I wish you could of felt the importance of your presence,and your friendships that many individuals cherished and are shock at the loss of your lives. We find comfort in knowing that we will someday see each other again. To PUC know that all your sister schools are joining forces to offer you strength and comfort.

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