Statement on Death of Former Student Christopher Patton

A Statement From Lynwood Unified:

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of former Lynwood High School student Christopher Patton who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Monday, September 7, in Denver, CO. Patton, a Class of 2012 graduate, was one of two people struck by a motorist while riding a scooter.

This incident has made national news and is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for all of us. What we never question here in Lynwood is the community spirit that gives us strength. We have a saying at Lynwood High School: “Once a Knight, Always a Knight.” The essence of this motto extends to all of our schools and speaks to the warm attachment we feel to all students, past or present. When we lose one of our own, each of us feels it deeply.

We recently spoke to members of the Patton family, which includes multiple siblings who are LUSD alumni, and sent them our deepest condolences. They have the District’s unending support during this difficult time. We also understand there is an ongoing investigation and search for the motorist, and we stand in solidarity with the entire Lynwood family in advocating for justice.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Lynwood Unified School District