The Butte County Coroner's Office has released the name of the Chico State student who was killed by a falling tree branch Tuesday afternoon.
The victim is Pa Houa Lor, 18, of Chico. She was a graduate of Chico High School and was a second year student at Chico State.
The incident happened at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday near Lassen Hall dormitory and Butte Hall.
The branch measuring 14 inches in diameter fell suddenly from the oak tree, striking her in the head as she sat on a bench.
Chico State Public Affairs released additional information about Lor. The following is a news release issued by the university Wednesday morning.
"It is with great sadness we report that second-year student Pa Houa Lor, 18, passed away yesterday, Aug. 27, following a tragic accident on campus. She was sitting in the Lassen Hall courtyard behind Butte Hall when a large oak tree limb fell and struck her head at approximately 3 p.m. She received immediate aid from people in the area and was transported by emergency personnel to Enloe Medical Center, where she passed away later that afternoon.
While the area surrounding the Lassen courtyard was cordoned off after the incident for safety reasons, the tape has been removed and the area is now open for use. An arborist yesterday afternoon and another this morning examined the oak tree and determined the tree does not need to be cut down or have other limbs removed.
Pa Houa was born Oct. 1, 1994, and attended Marsh Junior High School before graduating from Chico High School. She entered CSU, Chico and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in fall 2012 as a health science major. She was also in the Upward Bound program. Her long-range goal was to become a nurse. She was enrolled in four classes this fall.
Victoria Bass, coordinator, EOP Admissions, said of Pa Houa, “She was a very positive person -- shy, respectful, a really good student. Her parapro (paraprofessional) adviser from last year described her as a wonderful student who worked hard to maintain her GPA.”
Pa Houa comes from a family of eight, and lived at home while attending Chico State. She is the second youngest of three daughters and fourth youngest of all the children. Her older brother currently attends Chico State, and her older sister is at Fresno State majoring in nursing. Her parents said that Pa Houa helped them around the house and with younger siblings while maintaining good grades and a part-time job. They shared they are so regretful that this accident happened to her, and that their daughter had great things awaiting for her.
We will pass along more information, including any information about services, as it becomes available. The University flag will be lowered Wednesday in Pa Houa’s memory.
Students who need support following this incident can access free urgent walk-in services at the Counseling and Wellness Center located in the Student Services Building Room 430. The counseling center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 898-6345.
University Police and other first responders on campus yesterday would like to thank all the individuals who came to Pa Houa’s aid and assisted in any way they could."