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Arts and whole university mourn sudden loss of student

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Students, faculty and staff are mourning the loss of student Lam Diing, who died tragically early Sunday morning in Kitchener.

“Lam’s passing will be felt by our entire campus community and most directly by the members of our football program,’ said Feridun Hamdullahpur. “Our hearts go out to Lam’s family. The University will provide any and all assistance it can to them in their time of grief.”

Football player Lam Diing on the fieldDiing was in his third year in the Faculty of Arts and was a member of the varsity football program. 

“The connection Lam had to many of his fellow student-athletes and coaches is why this is devastating to so many of us,” said Roly Webster, director of athletics and recreation. “We will now need to draw on the collective strength of the Warrior family to support each other as we grieve this loss.”

“Lam was a tremendous student athlete who made those around him better with his work ethic and glowing smile,” added Chris Bertoia, head coach of Waterloo’s football program. “The Waterloo football family expresses our deepest sympathies to those who knew Lam, who will be forever missed on and off the field.”

Obituary for Lam Diing, 1995-2018.

Diing’s death is the subject of a police investigation and, as such, the University is not providing any further comment.

If you are grieving or need any support, there are people who can help you. Please contact any of the following resources:

Photograph by Charity Matheson courtesy of Athletics and Recreation.


News item from the Daily Bulletin. See local media coverage in The Record and CBC KW.

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