Dominic Vitiello - State Hornet
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 Court 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.
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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 amid 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.
“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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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.