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Sac State students gather for vigil to mourn death of William Molina

President Robert Nelsen announced Molina be honored as a graduate this May

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Sac State students gather for vigil to mourn death of William Molina

Brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Sac State hold a vigil for William Molina, the 21-year-old student who died in a pellet gun shooting on Friday morning. Among the vigil's attendees were other Sac State Greek members and President Robert Nelsen.

Brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Sac State hold a vigil for William Molina, the 21-year-old student who died in a pellet gun shooting on Friday morning. Among the vigil's attendees were other Sac State Greek members and President Robert Nelsen.

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Brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Sac State hold a vigil for William Molina, the 21-year-old student who died in a pellet gun shooting on Friday morning. Among the vigil's attendees were other Sac State Greek members and President Robert Nelsen.

Dominic Vitiello - State Hornet

Dominic Vitiello - State Hornet

Brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Sac State hold a vigil for William Molina, the 21-year-old student who died in a pellet gun shooting on Friday morning. Among the vigil's attendees were other Sac State Greek members and President Robert Nelsen.

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Sacramento State community members gathered Sunday night to honor the memory of 21-year-old student William Molina with a candlelight vigil.

Molina was killed by a pellet gun early Friday morning at an “off-campus gathering,” the university said in a press release.

Emergency services arrived at a home on Lycoming Ct. shortly after 3 a.m. and transported him to UC Davis Medical Center, where he later died, according to a statement from the Sacramento Police Department.

RELATED: Sac State student killed at ‘off-campus gathering,’ university says

Molina was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, and had been on schedule to graduate this May as a business major.

There was a strong showing of solidarity from the Greek community at the vigil, many of whom shared memories of Molina amidst a large gathering in the library quad.

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Those who spoke made frequent reference to a kind young man, who was quick to lend an ear and converse with friends and acquaintances alike. 

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Sac State student William Molina, 21, was killed Friday morning in a pellet gun shooting. He was a business major on track to graduate in May and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

“I was tasked with teaching him how to be a scholar, leader, athlete and gentleman,” said Sac State alumnus Ethan Winslow. “But he was all of those things already. We were lucky to have him.”

Sac State President Robert Nelsen was in attendance and addressed the crowd to announce that Molina will be honored as a graduate at commencement ceremonies in May.

Though brief in length the message had a noticeable impact on the crowd, inducing an emotional response.

“We’ve been working on it all week and we’ve got it all planned. I’ve spoken to his family about it and we will have a diploma for him. He will graduate,” Nelsen said. “It’s a real loss, but we came together as a family and maybe we can heal as a family.”

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A student kneels at the memorial made to honor Sac State student and Pi Kappa Alpha member William Molina at a candlelight vigil on campus Sunday night. Molina died early Friday morning.

Pi Kappa Alpha member and athletic chair Sam Chimenti declined to comment.

Following the speaking portion of the vigil, students took turns placing candles at the foot of a memorial, which featured a picture of the Molina family.

Students filtered out slowly, while many in the Greek community remained, embracing in a circle in front of the monument.

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7 Responses to “Sac State students gather for vigil to mourn death of William Molina”

  1. Nolan Parker on April 16th, 2019 12:59 pm

    Great reporting.
    No type of pellet gun.
    Nothing about where he was hit.

  2. Louis Hooffstetter on April 16th, 2019 3:25 pm

    I agree with Nolan:

    Who shot him? The article doesn’t say.
    When exactly was he shot? The article doesn’t say.
    Where exactly was he when he was shot? The article doesn’t say.
    Where exactly in the body was he shot? The article doesn’t say.
    Why was he shot? The article doesn’t say.

    This is not journalism.
    This is crap.

  3. sprinkles on April 16th, 2019 3:51 pm

    Wow, my initial reaction to the headline was shock. After reading this article, I seem to have learned nothing about this incident. Is this an article about a frat, or a death?

    Chicks with chicks are dikes, guys with guys are pikes.

  4. Carbuncle on April 16th, 2019 8:50 pm

    Suicide.

  5. James Voss on April 16th, 2019 9:19 pm

    What is this shit? Where are the damned facts? Where is the reporting? You’re a fucking half-wit, Mitchel Bobo.

  6. Nolan Parker on April 17th, 2019 8:16 am

    And the Ohhh so Proud reporter, excited to see his article prominently publicized, comes to read the comments to see the glowing response.
    Surely now would be a good time to do the actual research that would support such an article. This POS waste of time wouldn’t get a passing grade in junior high. But you keep trying.

  7. Jackie Euer on April 18th, 2019 8:41 am

    I am so sad to see the comments on this. Having had the privilege of attending the vigil, I saw an amazing community of fraternity, sorority, general student population, campus employees, and especially President Nelson, honoring the member of an outstanding student and human whose life has been cut short, tragically. The details might be no one’s business, except for the family and the investigators. Those of us that attended the vigil witnessed young people who are becoming well educated, who are caring, thoughtful, articulate, and understandably emotional at this time. May God bless Will Molina’s family and friends.

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