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Chancellor’s Statement on the Warehouse Fire

5 December 2016

It is difficult to find words to convey the depth of the tragedy that our community has witnessed in the wake of the Warehouse Fire and the loss of so many lives this weekend. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who perished in the fire, and we recognized the difficult path of healing that those who survived are now facing.

We are still in the process of identifying those in the Peralta Community who were affected by the Warehouse Fire, but we believe as many as five former, current and new students are among the victims. We mourn their passing.

Even as we are so saddened by this devastating fire in the Fruitvale District, for the sake of the survivors, and in memory of the victims, we must, together, look ahead with a sense of hope that tragedies such as this will never happen again. Together, as a community, we will overcome this terrible loss.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Chancellor

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