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Family of Chico State student killed by a falling tree branch speaks out

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:38:44 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 10:42:30 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

The family of a Chico State student killed by a falling tree branch on campus spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time.

Chico State identified the victim today as 18-year-old Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore. Both family and the campus - deeply saddened by this tragedy.

Pa Houa Lor's family cannot understand why this happened to her and they shared what kind of person she was.

"She is very friendly. Very nice. She got along well with everybody and we just love her happy face. She would come brighten up the room," said Suping Vang, Pa Houa Lor's sister-in-law.

What can only be described as a freak accident -- took the life of 18-year-old Pa Houa Lor on Chico State's campus Tuesday. On Wednesday, her grieving family spent time remembering her.

"When I call her, I need something, she's right on it.  She would do everything," said Vang.

Lor was struck on the head by an oak tree branch while she was sitting on a bench outside of the Lassen Dorms around 3:15 p.m. The branch that was 14 inches in diameter.

"I just don't know what to do.  I just don't want to think that's real.  I think it's a dream and I can't wake up from it.  I think she would go to work and would come back," said Vang.

Vang says, in her eyes, Pa Houa Lor was more a best friend than anything. She described her as a very outgoing person who loved to shop. She was also an adrenalin junky.

"She likes to go on roller coasters, I don't. So I would just sit down and watch her," said Vang.

Fong Lor, Pa Houa's cousin, said they were also close.

"We have a second language.  She was the one who knew English and she was the one who would help younger brothers and sisters," said Fong Lor.

Pa Houa Lor was in her second year at Chico State and wanted to become a nurse, but her family said she would always make time for her loved ones.

"She would come home and do her homework but she would have time to go shopping, friends and all of that," said Vang.

The area where Pa Houa Lor was hit is back open and Chico State said they did not need to cut down any more branches on that tree.