Simpson Students to Hold Ceremony to Honor Life of David Yang

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – On Sunday, April 29, a tree-planting ceremony will take place at the Oroville Hmong Alliance Church in Oroville, Calif., to honor the life of David Yang, a Simpson University alum who was killed last September in a random shooting in Chico. David had been working as the associate pastor for the church before he died.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at 395 Oakvale Ave. in Oroville.

Simpson University students and alumni who were friends with David have been collecting donations to hold the ceremony as a way to support and honor his life and family.

Pakou Vang, administrative assistant at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, and a friend of David, said the gathering will provide a time and space for David’s loved ones to remember the ways he impacted others’ lives.

“David left an imprint on everyone he met,” said Vang. “It is my hope that this will be a time where we can come together and celebrate how our lives are different because of him. I believe this will be a healing time for many of us who continue to grieve.”

For more information about the Oroville Hmong Alliance Church or for directions, contact Pastor Calvin Xiong at (530) 532-1979.


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