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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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Laura, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:07 am:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for you in your time of sorrow. Psalms 23.

Ryan Veness wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:56 am:

As one who calls Angwin Home and goes to school in Nebraska at Union College we all feel like family here and we just wanted to say that we will always have you in in our hearts and prayers. May God Bless the families and give them peace knowing that they will see them again soon. Blessings and Love to all. -Ryan Veness-

Sylvester Case. Professor at Union College. wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:56 am:

I try to understand your pain as a College family and as parents and relatives. All I can imagine is that it must be horrendous. My prayers are with you in this tragedy- yet I remember that a great day is coming when the Trumpet will sound and the promised great reunion will take place. The Lord Jesus will see to that and we must trust His mercy.

Susie, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:55 am:

I am so sorry for you loss. I just want you to know thaty you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and give you the strength that you need to get through.

John Erickson, Union College, Public Relations major, Junior wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:54 am:

Dear friends, faculty, and PUC alumni, I am writing to extend my sincere condolences at the recent loss of four of PUC's finest. I cannot imagine the pain that you are all going through right now. We do not always understand why things happen as they do, which is why we must cling closer to Christ as only He can see the big picture. My prayers are with you all.

Cassi Fitzpatrick, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:52 am:

God knows your pain and hurt. He watches us as we cry out tears of sadness and he longs to comfort us...allow Him in and let Him be your comforter. He understands your situation dearly, for He also loss His own son to this world. The beautiful thing is that you can have Hope, because you will all be together again in His wonderful kingdom...just remember hope! I am praying for you all.

Beau Snyder, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:51 am:

My prayers are with the school and the friends and families of these young people. May God be with you during this time and give you strength in the hope of His soon return.

Y. J. Moses wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:49 am:

My deep condolences to the families and many friends of the four Spirit-filled service-oriented young people whose lives were cut short by a car accident. We miss them now. but for a while only. Very soon Jesus Christ, the Savior, who is waiting will come and once again we will all be together forever. In the meantime, let us hold fast to the faith. May the Lord's arms surround you, may His Spirit comfort you in these days of sorrow, and may His promises strengthen your faith.

Steve Nazario wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:40 am:

As a father and a PUC student in 1978 I am sorry to hear the bad news. I'm now working at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska. The news has hit out campus pretty hard as well. My heart goes out to you. We are praying for the families and for the PUC campus. This is a reminder of how fragile life is and that we are on a journey that is heaven bound. Praise God that he is coming soon. The reunion in heaven is not long. Until then we uplift you all to God in prayer and comfort in Him.

Doline Omirera- Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:38 am:

To the families of the four young men and PUC: Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King! And all our brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone to sleep and rest in the Lord. He will wake them up for eternity! My heart goes out to you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep your eyes on Jesus. May the Lord comfort you and keep you, and us all, in His grace that we may be there when He comes back to reunite us with Him and with our resting brothers...

anonymous wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:31 am:

I am a student at Union College and I wanted to let you know I said a prayer for you and your families. I am sure that each one of the four was a special person.

Student from Southern Adventist University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:21 am:

We heard about your tragic loss this morning, and we want you to know that our campus is praying for you in these hard times.

Sue Kim, Portland Oregon wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:08 am:

This is so painful. My husband I met at PUC 25 years ago and we'll be sending our children there some day. As a parent, I worry about students driving up and down that road. But I was a student there too, we knew the risks, yet we had many runs to Safeway at night. This was a tragic accident. I was Chong's youth leader at church. Three of our boys were to drive up to Portland next Wednesday, now it will only be two. We'll miss Chong very much. Rest in Peace Luke, Boaz, Simon and Chong!

John Luckiesh wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:02 am:

My prayers are with the family and friends of the 4 students. I am at Union College and everyone here is praying for you as well.

Greg Hudson, Chaplain, Georgia-Cumberland Academy wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:02 am:

Students at GCA are lifting up the family and friends of those lost in prayer. Waiting on the blessed Hope!

John Luckiesh wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:01 am:

My prayers are with the family and friends of the 4 students. I am at Union College and everyone here is praying for you as well.

From Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:59 am:

Our Prayers and thoughts are with the fellow students, faculty and especially with the families of these precious young people.

David Skau, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:57 am:

It hurts, makes us cry, makes us wonder why this world has to hold so much hurt. Praying for and grieving with you, and hoping we won't have too long to wait before this old life can be traded in for the one God promises.

Union College Student wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:46 am:

Praying loads for you all!

Ron Dodds Men's Dean Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:43 am:

May the Lord send extra comfort and understanding to your campus and the families involved with this terrible tragedy. Union College is praying for you!

Dr. Joe Allison wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:43 am:

We are deeply touched by your lose and are praying for you and the families of the four young men. Praise God for the hope of the resurrection.

International Rescue and Relief Department wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:39 am:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. "This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything" I John 3: 19, 20. May the God of peace embrace you today with His comfort and strengthen.

Janella Abbey, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:37 am:

News of your loss brought flooding back the pain I experienced on other campuses in the past. Somehow the loss is always from among the best and brightest. But experience has taught that God will comfort and carry each one who grieves. May you feel His comfort today and may He reveal to you, in the future, the good He will somehow bring from this terrible tragedy.

Jazmine Martin wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:34 am:

Wow, what an incredibly traggic loss. It sucks to lose a loved one, you all are in my personal prayers and thoughts over here at Union College.

Marti Cash, Union College Cashier wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:33 am:

My heart hurts with you with the loss of these precious students. I will lift you and the families to God in prayer during this tragic time. Praise God for His promise of the resurrection.

walla walla student wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:30 am:

Dear PUC Family, There are no words I can say to make take the pain and sorrow again. However please know this all of us at Walla Walla are praying and thinking of all of you! Your loss has touched our campus as well and we are here for you. Please know how much we care! It is our prayer that God comforts you in ways only He is capable!

Staff at Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:27 am:

Our prayers, hearts and thoughts are with you: the family and friends of Boaz, Luke, Chong and Simon.

Anonymous wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:24 am:

Made God comfort those impacted by this tragedy. May the "Spirit's groaning" be all the more effective on your behalf.

Lisa Forbes, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:22 am:

Was so saddened to hear your tragic news. I have been praying for the family and friends of these four young men in my classes and personally. Jesus feels all the pain and grief too, and is mourning with you. May his comfort and peace be with you. Thank God all sorrow and sadness will soon be past.

Bryan Yates- Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:21 am:

"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (John 11.25-26) My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of trouble. All the more reason to look forward to the Second Coming.

Rennae Anderson UNION COLLEGE Lincoln, Nebraska wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:21 am:

Having lost a sister and nephew to separate tragic car accidents just 8 months apart, and then the death of my mother a year later; I know the families of these four young men will only be able to find comfort in knowing that each are now resting in the certain hope of Jesus' soon return. Even so, Lord, Jesus, "Come quickly!" My family and the Union College family in Lincoln, Nebraska will be praying for the families of each of these young men.

Paula Carlson, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:16 am:

I just heard of your terrible loss last evening. My prayers are with you. Each time I hear of things like this I am reminded of my longing for heaven and an end to the pain on this earth. May God hold you in His loving arms.

Rich Carlson, Chaplain, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:08 am:

Please know that I and our school family are praying for all of you, PUC and the families of the boys. Tragedies like this will end soon- Jesus is coming! In the mean time may you find peace and strength from Him who will now be carefully and lovingly guarding these young men until He wakes them again for eternity. May it happen SOON!

Nicholas Heath wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:36 am:

I remember when Boaz and I were in high school, he would take my flip flop just so I would chase him around the school. We had a lot of good memories there. I will truly miss him. I met Luke freshman year at PUC. He was my fusion leader and help me get comfortable with everyone around me. I am honored to have known both of them. May they rest in peace and one day I will see them all in Heaven. I am hoping that it will be very soon. God Bless.

Someone who cares wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:25 am:

Although I didn't know any of these four young men, I was overwhelmed with sadness after hearing about them. I have 2 kids of my own, who are recent graduates from PUC. I know it's no consolation now, but the news of this tragedy - and thinking about our tenuous hold on life - has made me determined to get myself right with God.

Mimi Weithers-Bruce, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 5:43 am:

To the family members and friends of these four young men - I pray that the Lord will wrap his arms of comfort, strength and peace around you. I mourn with you, but keep this hope that we will see our loved ones again when Jesus returns soon!

Linda Brown wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:49 am:

Having lost a brother myself to a tragic accident, I know the ONLY thing that brings comfort is this: Each are now resting in the certain hope of Jesus soon return. Even so, Lord, Jesus, "Come quickly!" Rest in Peace Luke, Chong, Simon and Boaz

Hawaii Family wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:40 am:

Matt.11 28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy,and my burden is light, We deeply sympathized.

Antie Susie(Honolulu Japanese Church) wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:43 pm:

Luke,chong,simon,boaz please rest in peace. Luke anatano ekubo no egao wo omoidashimasu. tengoku de aimasyoune!

DK & family, Oregon wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:05 pm:

We were looking forward to seeing Chong and the rest of the kids from our church for Thanksgiving break ... now we await meeting him and the other fellas in heaven. Praise God for His soon coming!!!

Pastor Purasa Marpaung wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm:

I believe one of the victims is our former pastor, Nishikawa, who used to be pastor at Japanese SDA Church Sacramento and now become All Nation SDA Churh of Elk Grove, where I am pastoring as a youth pastor. I can not say any words, but our church will lift up a special prayer to all family and friends that our God will give them comfort and encouragement during this grieving time. Pastor Purasa

aliele wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm:

ill miss lukes smiles always and forever. i just want to poke those crater dimples that made my frown turn upside down. luke ill miss you brother. we will chill soon.

Auntie Mercedes for Luke Nishikawa wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm:

I met luke while working at Hawaiian Mission Academy. He was always smiling and was such a wonderful sweet student. As I look through the 2004 Hawaiian Mission Academy yearbook, his senior picture brings a smile to my face. My prayers goes out to Crystal and family.

Ashley wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm:

Luke, i will forever cherish the summers i spent with you at the beach.

Nizza '08 wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm:

I knew Luke during our freshmen year. I remember one time he was playing the piano in Graf and was teaching us how to play this one popular song. I can't believe all this happened. To all the families involved, I will keep praying for you. God bless you all.

Rebecca, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm:

"Trust in the Lord. Have faith; do not despair. Trust in the Lord." (Psalm 27:14) To the families of the four boys, and to PUC: We are praying for you here at WWU. May God give you peace and comfort as you mourn.

Anna wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:21 pm:

Dear brothers, may you each be remembered for the love of the Lord that you exemplified and for the service you've rendered for others. In your young lives, you've done what few young people called choose to do and walked that narrow path. For that, you will be remembered by and for that, you will remain in our hearts and minds. Each of you will not be forgotten and on that great day of the coming of our Lord, we shall all meet again. Until then, rest in peace. We'll see you all soon.

annoynmous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18!!! Enjoy your sleep boys. For it won't be long. Jesus is come in the flesh!

Prep SA wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm:

Who knows why grief and tragedy have to strike the same campus twice in the same year, semester even. After we lost Stacey, it was hard to move on. Classrooms weren't the same, games weren't the same. Some people move closer to God and others push Him away. Lean on Him...He is the only One who knows how to get YOU through it. What better a place to be than with Christ?

elissa imai wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm:

i didnt know any of them, but we are praying for these four and their families at san gabriel academy as well! you are all in our thoughts and prayers and can't wait for the day i can meet them in Heaven. <33 *pastor koji, auntie masumi, and chrystal. we are thinking about you all. take care.

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