Fresno State students are planning a vigil to honor the memory of their friend, Joel Talbot, who died on the campus farm from injuries suffered in a dirt bike accident. His body was found by joggers around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Open to the public, the vigil is set for 8:15 p.m. (April 7) at the Speakers Platform (north of the Henry Madden Library). Student musicians will perform and the Student Involvement Office will provide a banner to sign. Counselors from the Student Health and Counseling Center will also be present tonight. The Associated Students, Inc. is providing candles and ribbons that are being prepared by his friends this afternoon. Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, will attend tonight’s vigil. Parking is $3 for a day permit from dispensers at the Police Department on Barstow or when entering campus at Barton and Shaw avenues. Nearest to event: Lots 30 and 31 on Barton (see map). INFO: or Ashleigh Rocker Greene at 559.278.2656. Original press releases:

University President Joseph I. Castro issued this statement: “The campus community extends our deepest sympathy to Joel’s family and friends. It’s always a tragedy when a young person with promise is lost.  We value each and every student at Fresno State, and this loss is very hard on so many of us. We ask that the community send their thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.”

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