Slain Simpson University Graduate Honored with Memorial Bench

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - A 26-year-old Simpson University alumnus and Chico-area pastor who was fatally shot seven months ago was honored April 27 with a granite bench memorial on the university’s campus.

David Yang, who graduated in 2010, was driving back to his overnight work shift at a Chico rehab center Sept. 21 when he was killed by a sniper’s bullet at an intersection. Chico resident Jeffrey David Menzies, 27, awaits trial this fall in Yang’s murder, which police have called a random, senseless act.

Yang Memorial BenchIn addition to Sarah, his wife of three years, Yang left behind family and many friends in the tight-knit Hmong communities of Redding, Chico and Fresno, where he grew up.

Sarah Yang, who also attended Simpson, unveiled the memorial Friday morning next to the gazebo by the pond at the north end of campus. The Simpson University Alumni Association, the Class of 2012, and the Asian Fellowship club raised funds to commission the creation of the bench.

Yang was an associate pastor at the Hmong Alliance Church in Oroville and worked at the Cal Park Rehabilitation Center in Chico. He was a pastoral studies major at Simpson, where he also worked as an admissions counselor.

At 10:30 a.m. April 29, Yang will also be remembered during a public tree-planting ceremony at the church in Oroville, 395 Oakdale Ave. For more information, contact Pakou Vang, ceremony coordinator, at (530) 226-4169.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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