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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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Carol Peterson wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm:

I just heard today about the tragic accident. My heart and prayers is for all the students and their Families. Keep your eyes on Jesus always. For he is coming soon.

Deborah Atkinson wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 8:16 pm:

May God's comforting arms embrace all who loved these young men. May the hope of ressurrection in Jesus Christ be with you always.My prayers are with you at this time.

Alberto Orellana wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm:

My sincere condolescense to the bereived families and friends. I was extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the death of these young men. May God reach down and comfort you and encourage you in the following days....

Anonymous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm:

May The Lord comfort the hearts of all of those who loved these 4 young men. May the hope of ressurection in Christ Jesus, be always with you. This is my prayer.

class of 09, san gabriel academy wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm:

Just wanted to let you know, as a school, we're praying & mourning right there with you. To the students, faculty, & FAMILY at PUC you are kept in our hearts &prayers. Most didn't know the students personally, but it's a scary thought when u realize that it could have happened to anyone. May God be with ALL of you at PUC.

SCHMIDT FAMILY, PORTLAND-OR wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm:


Karlee wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 7:02 pm:

Simon was absolutely amazing. I remember when he sang under my window. :) He was a good friend. There is no other person that could ever replace him. To the Son family: Loss is something that all must face, but tragedy is something not all must face. Tragedy is very heavy and cannot be thrown aside. It should not be carried alone. Indeed none of us alone. I understand that during times of grief the message of God's love does not seem to ease the pain. But just believe and he will be there

Marianne & Tommy Fenn from MVA (Luke's high school) wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 6:27 pm:

Cuz I'm hopeful, yes I am, hopeful for today, Take this music and use it Let it take you away, And be hopeful (hopeful) and He'll make a way I know it ain't easy but that's okay. Let's be hopeful! "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."[Revelation 21:4] R.I.P. Luke, Boaz, Simon, & John.

Kealaonapua wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm:

To my beautiful Luke....with a smile, ukulele, and a shaka. You will be forever missed. I'll see you at the beach.

annoynmous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm:

I will be praying for the families in this tragic accident

Maria Lombart, Registrar, Weimar College wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of those who are grieving at this very difficult time. It is such a sad time and we pray that God's strong arms of comfort will be around each of you.

Member of Class of 2008 wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm:

As a recent PUC graduate it hurts to see such a tragedy hit my alma mater. My prayers go out to the school and especially to the victims families.

Lorybing Cababat wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 4:43 pm:

When I heard about the accident from Loma Linda, the first thing I said was "I hope it's not Luke." I met Luke three years ago. I remember him sending me a package for my birthday from Hawaii. He borrowed my car and filled up my tank. Luke was such a wonderful friend. He was simply a genuine gentleman. And I will truly miss him. May God bless the families and every life that he has touched.

Eric Washburn, Andrew University Seminary MI wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm:

Just wanted to say my heart goes out to the families and the PUC family. We are praying for all of you here. Jesus who is Faithful And True, will bring Healing, and will bring life back to these young men, one day very soon. Keep your eyes on Jesus! The Lord be with you all!

Anonymous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm:

In God we Trust. Never forget.

Anonymous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm:

I don't know these 4 students, but my heart was touched by this tragic news. My thoughts are with friends and family.

Pastor Im( Isaac Gyu' father) wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm:

We were shocked to hear of four Pacific Union college Students' death. We extend our most profound sympathy to their families and friends. God is Our God, Immanuel!!

Stephen Nam, Sr. Financial Analyst wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm:

Having graduated from Seventh-day Adventist University (La Sierra University) myself, I could understand the late night drives to grab food with your buddies. I am at a loss for words and in a complete disbelief. I have no words to say other than what a sad and horrible tragic loss this is for the PUC and the friends and families for these students. My prayers are with the school and with the friends and families.

Sherry Chinnock, Loma Linda, CA wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm:

As the mother of a 20-year-old son who attended PUC last year (Jeremy Opp), I can only sit here and sob as I realize the pain these 4 boys' families are going through. They, as well as the PUC family, will be in my prayers each moment of the day. Praise God that He'll help all those mourning through the coming difficult times, and that we'll see them again one day!

anonymous wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm:

Another horrible tragedy taking bright and young students. Each year one of our adventist colleges seems to be struck with horrible accidents. I have had at least five friends taken from me during my years in college and high school. Thinking of you all during this somber time. I don't know why these things happen.

Kate Osena wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm:

I knew Chong for 2 years. He was in JD's classes and really good at accounting. I remember him always wearing blue; blue jeans, blue shirt and blue backpack.. lol I asked him one day why he always wore blue.. his reply was he loved blue.. I laughed and said me too! then we high5-ed and went our separate ways. Whenever I saw him, I'd always saw... CHONG CHONG!.. He will be missed soo much and I still can't believe I'm older than him... *sigh* We love u chong... =)

Kate Osena wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm:

I knew Luke since about 2004 through Ray Mostrales. He always had a smile on his face and dimples in his cheeks. One of my most fond memories of him was seeing in the caf.. asking how his day was going and seeing his closed mouth grin, dimples showing and him throwing up his shaka sign.. another was when he taught me how to surf and watched me catch my first wave by myself.. He will be dearly missed. We love him soo much!

the Chungs wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm:

Rest in peace, Luke, Chong, Simon and Boaz. You'll forever remain in our hearts and thoughts; your families and friends in our prayers.

Johnny Yau wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm:

I am from Union College, in Lincoln NE, I learn about this tragic event in an e-mail. I just want to know that this will be in my prayers. may God comfort the friends and family.

Tony Romeo, Pastor, Church of the Advent Hope / NYC wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm:

Church of the Advent Hope, in New York City weeps with you in the loss of your young men. This tragic event is shared with you and your PUC family with our ministry leaders, young adults and members of our church. I am standing here in New York City, literally with tears in my eyes at such gifted and giving students that have been taken at such a young age. Our sincere love goes out to you.

Geert Tap, Chaplain, Newbold College United Kingdom wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:26 am:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With shock we just heard about the loss of 4 of your students through an accident. We as a College here in Binfield, United Kingdom, lost dear students a few years ago, also due to a car accident. We know the pain and questions that you and your students are going through right now. We will lift the families of the 4 men, the students at your College, and all its staff, up to the Lord. As you go through the valley, may He be your strength and comforter!

Rosemarie Buck Khng wrote on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:25 am:

I just heard the tragic news of the loss of 4 of your students. I wanted to tell you that the students and faculty here at Walla Walla University will be lifting you up in prayer during this difficult time.

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