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Cal State San Bernardino, community mourn student killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

By in Press Enterprise on October 11, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

SAN BERNARDINO – As a community filed into Cal State San Bernardino’s student union Tuesday evening, a slideshow remembering Jordyn Rivera played on a projection screen.

For those there to mourn the fourth-year student killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, photos of Rivera smiling at baseball games, at school, beside family and friends offered a look at her 21 years.

Before a couple hundred attendees, Rivera was remembered by school officials, her youth minister and several friends.

Those mourning 21-year-old @CSUSBNews student Jordyn Rivera release purple balloons at the end of Tuesday’s vigil on campus. @sbsun pic.twitter.com/3PxaArUFwB

— Brian Whitehead (@bwhitehead3) October 11, 2017

CSUSB President Tomas D. Morales spoke of Rivera’s warmth, optimism, energy and kindness. During his opening remarks, Morales broke down in tears explaining how grief-stricken he and his university was – and still is – after hearing of Rivera’s death.

“As I stand before you, I am saddened by this tragic event that has brought us here,” said Brian Haynes, vice president for student affairs at CSUSB. “I am overwhelmed by the strength and support all of you have shown in recent days.”

Rivera, president of CSUSB’s Eta Sigma Gamma, was remembered for her positive attitude, effervescent smile and school pride.

Members of the health education honors society called her a “beautiful soul.”

“She touched the lives of everyone she ever met,” said Hannah Lewis, an Eta Sigma Gamma friend.

“She was a living example of goodness,” said another.

Some in attendance wore purple – Rivera’s favorite color. Electronic tea lights and purple ribbons were distributed at the door.

“We’re humbled, really, by the outpouring of love,” said Rivera’s father, Albert. Tuesday’s vigil “is another example of it. We may not know all of you, but please make a point to say ‘Hi,’ because there’s a reason […]    

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