Sul Ross mourns loss of student Trajaan Chase

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University students, faculty, and staff are mourning the loss of Trajaan Chase who took his own life Friday, Jan. 25, inside his campus dorm room.

A freshman kinesiology major from Cedar Park, Chase was beginning his second semester at the University. He played football during the fall season as a reserve offensive lineman, making a positive impact on the team.

“Trajaan always had a smile for everyone he greeted,” said Sul Ross Head Football Coach John Pearce. “He will be remembered as a great teammate both on and off the field.”

Sul Ross President Bill Kibler added, “Nothing can prepare us for the loss of a friend or loved one. The most important thing we can do during this difficult time is to support one another and remember to cherish our friends and family every day of our lives. Death is difficult to understand, and that is especially true in situations like this. If you are struggling, I encourage you to seek help.”

SRSU counseling and support services are open to all members of the Sul Ross community. Anyone needing to talk with a counselor may contact the Counseling Center in Alpine at Ferguson Hall Room 112 or call 432-837-8203. Group sessions will remain available throughout the semester.