Candlelight vigil held for death of student


Jason Halley/University Photographer

Students gather during a candlelight vigil to remember the passing of a student on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Chico. (Jason Halley/University Photographer/Chico State)

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Students lit up the darkened Shurmer Gym in honor of the loss of a fellow student Wednesday, in a student-organized candlelight vigil.

Zach Baggins died earlier Wednesday after falling from a stairwell in Butte Hall. According to an announcement from the president of the university he “fell…at approximately 8:35 a.m. It appears to be a suicide, but the investigation is ongoing.”

The vigil was organized by members of the campus group Just Unity Sistas, who felt it was inappropriate for students to have to try and study and go to lectures in Butte Hall for the remainder of the day.

Members spoke at the vigil, reminding students gathered, and any of those who might be in pain, “you are not alone.”

Counselors were also made available at the vigil, and students can call the counseling center 24/7 at 530-898-6345.

President Hutchinson also briefly spoke at the vigil, urging troubled students to reach out to faculty or administration.

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