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Tragic Accident Involving Dublin High School Students

December 27, 2019 at 8:30AM

Dear DUSD Families,

Our entire community is mourning the loss of three Dublin High School students whose lives were taken much too soon. We learned that this week, on Christmas Day, five teens were involved in a tragic car accident in Pleasanton, where three of their lives were lost and the other two were taken to the hospital in critical condition. We’d like to share our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our students and let them know they are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

We’ve spoken to the families involved, as well as the Alameda County Coroner’s Office today, and can confirm the students whose lives were lost included: Javier Ramirez, as well as twin brothers Mark Anthony Urista and Michael Angelo Urista. Dublin High School student, Samantha Vargas Arceo, and another teen, whose name has not been released, remain in the hospital.

Our hearts are absolutely broken for our students, families and Dublin High School staff. This is a devastating loss to our community and it is important that we remember to take care of one another during this critical time. A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:00pm at Dublin High School to celebrate, honor, and remember the lives of Javier Ramirez, Mark Anthony Urista, and Michael Angelo Urista. 

Please let your students know that they are important to us and we will have extra grief counselors and staff members available when they return to school on Tuesday, January 7, 2019 to assist them in coping with this loss in our school community. 

Thank you for your support.

Dave Marken, Ed.D. 
Dublin Unified School District