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The candlelight memorial was held at American River Courtyard.
The candlelight memorial was held at American River Courtyard.


Sacramento State students held a candlelight memorial service for Scott Hawkins at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in front of the American River Courtyard residence hall. There were approximately 300 people in attendance.

A small group of speakers, including University President Alexander Gonzalez, history professors Robert Dunn and Afshin Marashi and ASI president Roberto Torres, reflected on Hawkins’ life and his love of history.

In a message to the campus community regarding Wednesday’s memorial, Gonzalez said, “At last night’s candlelight memorial for Scott Hawkins, Sac State students, faculty and staff paid their respects and remembered a young man who made a tremendous impression on our campus.

“The memorial took place one week after Scott’s passing, and it is clear that a heartwarming sense of community has emerged.”

Condolence cards for Hawkins’ family may be sent to Sacramento State University, c/o Public Affairs, Sacramento Hall, Room 116, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Please be sure to indicate on the envelope that the card or letter is for the Hawkins’ family.

Hawkins died Oct. 21 after an altercation on campus. He lived in a five-bedroom suite at the residence hall.

Sacramento State officials quickly arranged help for members of the campus community who needed to talk with someone. Crisis counselors were available to residence hall students that night. Psychological services are available to students through Sacramento State’s Health Center at (916) 278-6416 during business hours. Faculty and staff can obtain counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program, (916) 278-5018.

A special website, www.csus.edu/pa/CampusSafety has been set up with contact information, news updates and video of officials’ comments. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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