Grieving students urged to remain calmLocal | 8 Nov 2019 12:28 pm
There was a somber silence outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital's intensive care unit in the morning, as students, university staff and the media gathered following news of the death of a 22-year-old who was found seriously injured near the scene of clashes between protesters and police in Tseung Kwan O, RTHK reports.
Fellow students of Chow Tsz-lok had been visiting the ward daily since Sunday night's incident in Tseung Kwan O, praying and hoping against the worst.
Still visible were the scores of messages of hope posted on a temporary "Lennon wall" that sprung up outside the ICU.
A hospital spokeswoman said Chow's death was certified at 8:09am and the case would be passed to the coroner. She said his body had already been moved from the intensive care unit and his family had left the ward.
Chow, who had suffered a catastrophic brain injury, was a computer science student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Representatives of the university's student union gathered at the hospital after learning of the death. A vice chairman of the union, Leung Min-hin, said they would do their best to help students who had been affected emotionally by Chow's death and he urged the university itself to also offer help.
HKUST issued a statement saying it was deeply saddened by Chow's death and it expressed its deepest sympathy to his family, adding that it would offer them all necessary support.
The university said the institution's president, Wei Shyy, had left a graduation ceremony early to visit Chow’s family at the hospital.
The statement also urged students to remain calm and restrained to avoid "further clashes and tragedy".-Photos: RTHK