SHC Loses One of Our Own

September 3, 2014   |   General

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SHC mourns the tragic loss of a 14-year-old in our community.

The freshman member of the SHC Freshman Football Team passed away at San Francisco General Hospital yesterday evening. According to the information we received from SFPD, he entered a convenience store with his family in the Mission District where he was subsequently stabbed. Police are investigating the incident and we anticipate hearing more information within the next few days.

Tragic news such as this is best conveyed in a small group setting. This morning, we gathered SHC faculty and staff to create a space for them to respond to the news and to equip them to facilitate any resulting dialogue. Students received the news from their teacher during the first class of the day. Parents were notified by email this morning as well.

“I had spoken with [him] from time to time on our school plaza and found him to be a sincere and respectful young man,” says Gary Cannon, Principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

“Our community mourns this tragic loss and will work to support his family during this time of intense grief.”

The SHC chapel is open all day to students for reflection and prayer, staffed with counselors and members of the Community Life Team. Students may seek comfort, solace and support with their counselor. At the end of the school day, we will gather as a community for a short prayer service in the school chapel.

Cannon and SHC President Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC have been in contact with the family and hope to visit them today. As a Catholic community, we ask that all keep this young man, his family and the entire SHC community in their prayers.

“As a Catholic, Christian community, we also keep the young person who committed this act of violence in our prayers,” says Cannon. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support and prayers by parents, alumni and other school communities who have reached out to us during this time. Our faith, God’s love for us, and our love for one another will guide us through the days and weeks ahead.”

For more information please contact Director of Communications & Marketing Michelle Forshner at mforshner@shcp.edu.

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