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UC Riverside Mourns

UC Riverside Saddened By Tragic Accident Involving Student Athletes

(September 13, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( University of California, Riverside Chancellor, France A. Córdova, issued a statement today following the news that three UC Riverside students had been involved in a severe traffic accident early today on Interstate 15.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of this tragic accident that has taken the life of one of our students and injured two others. On behalf of the entire UC Riverside campus community I want to express our sympathy to the families and friends of all of those involved in this unfortunate accident. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them at this very difficult time.”

The students involved in the accident were members of the UC Riverside men’s basketball team. UC Riverside Athletic Director Stan Morrison added the following comment.

“We grieve the loss of a member of our family today and we continue our concern for the injured students. We share the pain of the loved ones of these students and offer our heartfelt support to them in these difficult times.”

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