Hart High Senior was on her way to her parents' restaurant to wait tables.
One of the youngest victims of Friday’s Metrolink crash is Hart High senior Kari Hsieh, who was reportedly enroute to her parents’ restaurant in
Simi Valley .
Most Hart students got the news this morning when it was announced during the campus bulletin. Hart District Spokeswoman Pat Willett said the school observed a moment of silence in Hsieh’s honor before telling students that counselors were standing by if they wanted to talk.
The Hsieh family has requested privacy and asked campus personnel not to talk with the media about their daughter’s death.
Word started to spread Sunday night via the social networking website MySpace where Kari’s friends Stacy Waung and Emily Van Houdt posted a message in tribute to their Hart family member.
“PLEASE pray for her and her family, and keep your hearts and your ears open for memorial efforts, as her parents cannot pay for a memorial service on their own. The support of the students and the community is needed. She deserves an amazing service to honor such a beautiful, wonderful person, and she should be remembered for all the sunshine she put into so many people's lives,” they wrote.
“And most importantly of all, don't ever take a single moment in life for granted, because at the most unexpected times, it can all be taken away….”
According to Hsieh’s MySpace page, she was born in
Taipei, Taiwan and turned 18 in July. She listed her affiliations with the Future Business Leaders of America and the French club and posted team photos of the Hart girls alongside family pictures.
Hsieh had just begun to ride the train to
Simi Valley , where she waited tables at her family’s restaurant. She was in the first car of the train.
The Metrolink commuter train 111 and a Union Pacific freight train collided head-on at a bend in the tracks near
Park in Chatsworth just after 4 pm Friday afternoon. Officials report that 26 people died and 135 were injured in the collision, making this the worst train wreck in
Southern California in at least 50 years.
Memorial services were not announced, but as details become available, KHTS will post them on hometownstation.com.