Slain HSU Student to be Remembered at Prayer Service Tonight, Vigil on Thursday
Humboldt State University release:
Humboldt State University’s Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence will host a prayer service for healing in remembrance of David Josiah Lawson tonight, April 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. The service will be held by Galilee Baptist Church.
Lawson, who went by Josiah, was killed early Saturday morning during a gathering that took place on the 1100 block of Spear Ave, in Arcata.
Members of Lawson’s family will be arriving in the area on Wednesday, and have asked for a campus vigil on Thursday. Student groups and a number of offices on campus are working together to plan the vigil, and more information including the location and time will be available soon.
The family has also set up a GoFundMe account
to raise funds for funeral and transportation services.
Students in need of support or help related to classes may contact the Office of the Dean of Students in Siemens Hall room 211 or at 707-826-3504. For assistance any time, students can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707-826-3236. Staff and faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707-443-7358.
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In Memory of David Lawson https://www.gofundme.com/inhonorofDJ
As you may have heard, on April 15, 2017 my son David "DJ" Lawson's life was taken before his time in a senseless act of violence. DJ was the best son a mother can ask for.
Friends and Family talk about his smile that could brighten your day, how considerate he was, how he treasured me "mom", his younger brother and sister.
He was the kindest person I ever met. He did what was right because it was right. He was protective of those he loved, and compassionate of those he did not.
I have never heard him say one bad word about another human being. If you ever met a kinder person, I challenge you to prove it.
He was a sophomore at Humboldt State University studying criminal justice where he would have used his degree to help the voiceless in the community.
The world has lost a bright and shining star. Please continue to pray for me and my family as we go through this unbearable loss.
DJ was recently appointed President of BU (Brothers United) at Humboldt University, and was an excellent upstanding student.
The funds collected for DJ will go towards bringing DJ home and funeral services and expenses.
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* Kyle Christopher Zoellick, arrested by Arcata Police, has a history of violence. Rumor that suspect might not be charged.
KIEM TV reports: Murder suspect in HSU student stabbing revealed
"Reportedly, a fight broke out which left Lawson with multiple stab wounds."