To All Members of the Campus Community:
Last night, we learned that the life of one of our Hornet Family came to a heartbreaking end due to gun violence.
Zarrie Allen was killed in a drive-by shooting at Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery on Monday. She was only 18. Zarrie just completed her first year at Sacramento State and was set to start her second year in a few short weeks. She hoped to obtain a degree in nursing. Zarrie was from the Bay Area community of Richmond, where she was actively involved. We mourn the tragic and senseless loss of this vibrant and bright young woman.
Gun violence continues to tear through our country and destroy lives. Our young people deserve better, and we must commit as a region to investing in underserved communities to prevent more horrific, tragic outcomes. Our hearts are with the family and friends of Zarrie as they mourn this devastating loss. We stand with the Sacramento community in demanding justice for her killing and action focused on ending gun violence
It is critical to recognize the impact and trauma that Zarrie’s death will cause, especially in Black communities. I encourage any students in need of mental or emotional support to contact Student Health and Counseling Services at (916) 278-6461. Employees should contact the Employee Assistance Program for support. Please take care of one another as we experience losses that are filled with pain for so many in the Hornet Family and the Sacramento community.
Robert S. Nelsen