Statement from Samuel Merritt University: Remembering Michelle Le

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:

Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980


June 7, 2011

Statement from Samuel Merritt University: Remembering Michelle Le

(Oakland, California, June 7, 2011)  For a brief moment in time, Michelle Le, a beautiful, kind-hearted, energetic, and compassionate young woman graced us with her presence.  It is with heavy hearts that we learn from Hayward Police Department that Michelle Le's missing person case has now become a murder investigation.  The pain we feel is indescribable.

Teachers and classmates described Michelle as a good student, an active volunteer who was generous "to the point of being selfless."  She was in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program and was scheduled to graduate this December. 

On behalf of all of us in the SMU community we are all deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and fellow classmates during this difficult time.    

Anyone with information that may help locate Michelle should contact Hayward Police Department at  510-293-7000.

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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