University community mourns students' deaths

  • October 8, 2009

The California State University, East Bay community learned of the deaths today (Oct. 8) of two CSUEB students, Eric Hicks Jr., 23, and Elisa Davis, 19.

The Oakland Police Department is investigating the deaths, an apparent murder-suicide, which took place in Oakland. The University Police Department is cooperating fully with OPD.

"The entire University community is deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” CSUEB President Mohammad H. Qayoumi said. “The two young people who lost their lives as well as their families and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

“Our greatest concern is the welfare of our students,” Qayoumi said. “We are extending an offer of counseling and psychological services to the entire campus community to assist students, faculty and staff in dealing with this loss."

Davis was a resident of the Pioneer Heights student apartments, where Hicks had also lived until June.

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is arranging group grief counseling sessions for Pioneer Heights residents. Individual counseling is also available to CSUEB students through CaPS.

CaPS hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; until 7 p.m. on Wednesday; and until 5 p.m. Friday. For an appointment, call (510) 885-3690 or visit CaPS in Student Health Services on the Hayward Campus.

Grief counseling also is available to staff and faculty members through the Employee Assistance Program, a free, confidential counseling and referral service. For assistance, call (800) 234-5465 or visit here

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