HSU student dies after stabbing


By | Andrew George Butler

3:14 p.m. 4/19: The District Attorney’s office said Kyle Zoellner’s case is still under review, and a decision has not yet been made. Arcata police are urging that the author of an e-mail giving an eyewitness account of the incident come forward to APD.

9:24 a.m. 4/17: Arcata police have arrested Kyle Zoellner, 23, in connection with the killing of 19-year-old David Lawson.

1:01 p.m. 4/16: The victim’s name was David Lawson, a 19 year old sophomore attending HSU. The incident occurred on the 1100 block of Spear ave in Arcata, CA.

A HSU student died early Saturday morning after a stabbing that took place at an off-campus location in Arcata. Arcata police have taken a suspect into custody. The name of the victim is being withheld until the family is notified.

The Lumberjack will update as more details become available

1:44 pm 4/15:

The student was 19 years of age. The suspect detained by APD is not a student at HSU. The stabbing took place at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, during a fist fight at a house party (source: The Journal).

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher released the following statement:

“Dear University Community:

I am deeply saddened to share news with you that one of our students has died after a stabbing last night. I have no words to adequately describe the sorrow of this loss. This tragedy is heartbreaking for all of us, and most especially the family and friends of the victim. Our thoughts are with them and we extend our condolences.

We are reaching out to provide support and counseling to members of our University community. We will also be in contact and offering support to family members.

The student’s name is currently confidential while his family is being notified. Because the incident occurred off campus, the investigation is being led by the Arcata Police Department with significant assistance from University Police.”

HSU Marketing and Communications released the following: “Students who are in need of support during this time are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students office at 707.826.3504 or visit that office in Siemens Hall 211. For after-hours assistance, students can contact Counseling & Psychological services at 707.326.3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.”

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  1. Ralph Metsersnich Ralph Metsersnich Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Just one more in a long list incidents related to the HSU student ‘community’ (most of whom are not from around here) and its’ negative impact on Arcata and Humboldt County.

  2. Henchman Of Justice Henchman Of Justice Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Mactown Boyz member?

    Mack Town has a bunch of teenie and twenty year old degenerates who dream of being tough guys.

    Reckless is all, for when in the cage with areal adult killer, a pummeling handed out by senior citizen.

    GGG = KKK, but goes after young punks

  3. Henchman Of Justice Henchman Of Justice Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Change of website,

    and now moderation,

    was wondering when the “Jack” was gonna censor like a real 2 party system water carrier does.

  4. Henchman Of Justice Henchman Of Justice Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Thank you

    We at the Lumberjack student newspaper at Humboldt State would like to thank everyone for visiting our website and supporting censorship.

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