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sonam_choedon_-_2012Dharamshala: - The Central Tibetan Administration today mourned the death of Sonam Choedon, a civil servant, who was killed in a shooting rampage in California Monday.

Sonam Choedon and six other people were killed after a man opened fire at Oikos University, a Korean-American Christian University, in Oakland, California yesterday. Oikos University founder, Pastor Jong Kim, tells the Oakland Tribune newspaper that the shooter is a former nursing student. Kim said he did not know whether the suspect was expelled from the school or dropped out. The gunman surrendered shortly after the shooting.

In a statement, the Kashag said today it was deeply saddened on hearing the tragic news of Sonam Choedon's demise.

All the officials of the administration attended a prayer service at the staff auditorium at 3:30 pm, following which all the offices remained closed as a mark of respect.

Kashag Secretary Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok read out a brief biography of late Sonam Choedon at the prayer service.

Sonam Choedon joined the Central Tibetan Administrative service on 7 September 2005. She served in the Kashag Secretariat, Home Department and Education Department till 6 June 2010, after which she left for the US on leave.

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