A small group of Justice of Josiah protesters gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse after Wednesday’s announcement | Photo: Andrew Goff

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Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher has released a statement following the announcement from the Humboldt County Office of the District Attorney Wednesday afternoon that a criminal grand jury has decided against issuing any indictments in the case of David Josiah Lawson. Read it below:


Dear University Community,

The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office made an important announcement today about the investigation into the killing of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson.

I join you in feeling an immense sadness for Josiah’s mother Charmaine and other family members, his friends, and our entire community. Josiah was a positive and beloved member of our University and community. His loss was incredibly painful, and we continue to mourn him.

Members of our University community will be available to offer support in Jolly Giant Commons from 7 to 11 p.m. this evening.

Additional support and assistance are available for those who may need it. Students may contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707.826.3236 or the Dean of Students Office at 707.826.3504. Counselors at Counseling & Psychological Services may also be reached after-hours at 707.826.3236, and the office has increased their hours for walk-in assistance during the coming days. Staff and faculty may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.

Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.