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Friday, April 19, 2024

Letter from the Executive Office//ASUCD about the stabbings at UC Merced

From left to right: ASUCD Vice President Gareth Smythe, President Mariah Watson and Controller Francisco Lara (MARIAH WATSON / COURTESY)


To the students of the University of California, Davis,

Early this morning a student at the University of California, Merced stabbed four people on campus as classes began and was later fatally shot by campus police. Classes were canceled right away and campus was on lockdown to ensure the safety of the UC Merced students, staff, faculty, and affiliates. UC Merced will be hosting a press conference at 4 PM to provide information and recent developments to the public. Check emergency.ucmerced.edu for updates on the situation as they are confirmed.

Our hearts and prayers are with the students of UC Merced. We know that during this time it is critical to remain strong and come together as a single UC community. We will continue to be united as a university system in the face of terror and acts of hatred.

The Associated Students of the University of California, Davis are sending our support and love to our sister school. We encourage the students of UC Davis to continue sending messages of hope, checking in on fellow students, both on our campus and others, and providing comfort wherever possible. Never underestimate the power of a supportive text or phone call.

The President of ASUCM, Dominique Jones, said today “We will heal together, love together and grieve together. ‪#‎PrayForUCMerced‬ #BobcatStrong‪ #‎IStandForUCMerced‬ You are not alone in this, we are in this together!”

We affirm these words and support our fellow UC campus during this difficult time. Stay strong UC Merced!


Mariah K. Watson
ASUCD President

Gareth R. Smythe
ASUCD Vice President

Francisco C. Lara
ASUCD Controller


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