‘Some­one with such a pure love’

Cal­i­for­nia po­lice say Asian woman com­mit­ted sui­cide from SF bridge

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHANG JUN in San Fran­cisco junechang@chinadailyusa.com

The death of a 20-yearold Asian stu­dent at Yale Uni­ver­sity who fell from San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Tues­day has been ruled an “ap­par­ent sui­cide’’ by the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

Luchang Wang, 20, who was a sopho­more at Yale’s Sil­li­man Col­lege in New Haven, Con­necti­cut, flew to San Fran­cisco on a one-way ticket from New Heaven on Tues­day and then jumped from the bridge, au­thor­i­ties said.

Yale Col­lege Dean Jonathan Holloway an­nounced her death to Yale stu­dents and fac­ulty in an e-mail sent cam­pus-wide shortly be­fore 6 pm (EST) Tues­day. He said she jumped around 1:30 pm (EST).

“The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol (CHP) has been in touch with the Yale po­lice and re­port no ev­i­dence of foul play nor any in­di­ca­tion of an ac­ci­dent,’’ he wrote.

“This is a very dif­fi­cult time for those who knew Luchang, and our thoughts and prayers are with her fam­ily and friends,” Holloway wrote. “I ask you to fo­cus on one an­other and of­fer sup­port at this sad time.”

Daniel Hill, a spokesman for the CHP, con­firmed Tues­day night that a fe­male was re­ported at 10:29 am (PST) to have jumped from the bridge. A pa­trol team searched for Wang’s body but did not find it, Hill said.

He said Cal­i­for­nia au­thor­i­ties con­tacted Yale af­ter find­ing a photo ID of Wang in a back­pack that she left on the bridge. He did not dis­close if there was a sui­cide note or other be­long­ings.

Wang was last seen Sil­li­man Col­lege on Jan 25, when she was be­lieved to have used her Yale ID to swipe into the school’s build­ing. On Tues­day, her friends and fam­ily were alarmed by a trou­bling mes­sage that they said Wang posted on her Face­book page.

Wang’s class­mates and friends then joined Yale po­lice and searched for the math­e­mat­ics ma­jor in New Heaven.

In a story on Wed­nes­day, the Yale Uni­ver­sity Daily News said “stu­dents who knew Wang de­scribed her as a self­less and giv­ing class­mate who cared deeply about do­ing good for other peo­ple’’.

“Class­mates, friends and men­tors re­mem­bered a young woman whose in­tel­lect was matched only by her com­pas­sion, whose care for her aca­demic work ran as deep as her con­cern for the in­jus­tices she ob­served in the world around her,’’ the cam­pus news­pa­per said.

“Luchang was the kind of per­son that all peo­ple are sup­posed to be,” said Leigh Vila ’17, Wang’s suit­e­m­ate, was quoted by the school news­pa­per.“There was ab­so­lute per­fec­tion in the way that she loved other peo­ple — and showed that she loved them.”

The news­pa­per said Wang at­tended high school in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she ran cross-coun­try and won recog­ni­tion for her aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

“Her mo­ti­va­tion in life was to make the world a bet­ter place,” said Tammy Pham ’15, iden­ti­fied as a close friend of Wang’s. “It’s sad to see some­one with such a pure love go like this.”

Wang is sur­vived by her mother, fa­ther and a younger sis­ter, the news­pa­per said.

In Cal­i­for­nia, Lin Qian, vice-pres­i­dent of Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, said, “We need to es­tab­lish our solid so­cial cir­cles and talk to our friends if un­der pres­sure.”

“Al­ways re­mem­ber, there are plenty of re­sources at uni­ver­si­ties which can pro­vide coun­sel­ing and pro­fes­sional as­sis­tance to al­le­vi­ate pres­sure,” she added. “It’s im­por­tant for stu­dents to know where the re­sources are and how they can lever­age on th­ese re­sources.” Lian Zi also con­trib­uted to this story

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