Student-athlete injured in Isla Vista attacks
A University of the Pacific student was badly injured in the tragedy that took six lives in Isla Vista on Friday, May 23. Nicholas Pasichuke, a member of the Pacific men's water polo team, was among 13 people injured during the attacks. Pasichuke was struck by the gunman's car and remains in the hospital with serious injuries.
"We are extremely relieved that Nick is going to be able to pull through this tragedy, but we know he has a long road of recovery," said Pacific head water polo coach James Graham. "Our heart goes out to the families of the victims of this tragedy. Nick is a strong young man, and he'll have the full support of myself, the team and the University as he makes his way back."
Pasichuke, of Alamo, just completed his freshman year. He is majoring in business. He has received an outpouring of support from family, teammates and classmates over the Memorial Day weekend. The hashtag #PrayForCheeks has been established to share well wishes and updates.
"Our hearts go out to Nick and his family, the UC Santa Barbara community, and to all the families and friends of those who died in this tragedy," said University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "We were shaken to hear the news that Nick was injured in this horrific incident and I wish him a speedy and full recovery."
University Counseling and Psychological Services is available for any students who require support in the aftermath of this tragedy. Students may call (209) 946-2315 for assistance.
Update June 2, 2014: Nick Pasichuke has moved back home and is currently undergoing physical therapy on a daily basis as he recovers. The Bank of Stockton has created an account for donations to assist with Nick's medical expenses. Checks can be mailed to the "Nicholas Pasichuke Medical Expense Fund" at the Bank of Stockton, 4515 Quail Lakes Dr., Stockton, CA 95207, or individuals can make a deposit to the account at any Bank of Stockton branch.