Chen-Wyuan Kari Hsieh

Chen-Wyuan Kari Hsieh, 18

Died: September 12, 2008
I think she was a really lovely sister and a really lovely daughter. There's a lot about my sister that no words can describe.
— Sophia Hsieh, sister
Hsieh was just starting her senior year at Hart High School and looking forward to a career in medicine. She played on the school tennis team and was well liked by classmates, who describe her as warm and caring. She was riding the Metrolink train because she didn't want to trouble her father to drive her to the family's restaurant in Simi Valley.
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60 memories of Chen-Wyuan

God bless you always.

— Christine
September 14, 2008 at 8:35 a.m.

May the Lord have you in Heaven.

— Leo
September 14, 2008 at 11:11 a.m.

The face of an angel. A wonderful person. God has taken you too soon. We will miss you.

— Nicole
September 14, 2008 at 11:19 a.m.

Kari was a sweet, wonderful girl taken before her due time. She was 17. A high school student, varsity tennis player. Always remembered.

— Michelle
September 14, 2008 at 4:31 p.m.

She was only a senior in high school, and a teammate of mine on the tennis team since my freshman year. She's been taken away too soon. Anyone who knew her can remember her by her beaming smile and infectious laugh. She was so hard-working, compassionate, and friendly- it's hard to imagine a day without seeing her and being touched by her amazing spirit. There will always be a special place for her in my heart.

— Emily
September 14, 2008 at 5:07 p.m.

I didnt know you, i saw you around school. You were loved by many now do your job and be the angel to all! Godbless your family in this time of stress.

— Ashley
September 14, 2008 at 5:19 p.m.

Kari. You were a beautiful person inside and out. You and your family are in my prayers.

— Amber
September 14, 2008 at 5:29 p.m.

we were doubles partners in tennis :(

— madii
September 14, 2008 at 5:51 p.m.

a wonderful friend and a wonderful tennis partner. Had some great times on the courts and will miss you always.

— Jenna
September 14, 2008 at 5:56 p.m.

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

— Jessica
September 14, 2008 at 6:05 p.m.

May the Lord be with you.Rest in peace.

— Rolando
September 14, 2008 at 6:16 p.m.

I remember Kari from Hart High Varsity Tennis. I am the Mom of a former Varsity player. Kari was my daughters doubles partner in 2007. She also played JV tennis with my daughter the year before.

She was such an inspiration. She had such a positive outlook on life and always had something nice to say about everyone. I remember going to Tennis games and she would always come up and say, "HI" and chat with me for awhile when she was not in a match. She cheered on her teammates and was excited when she was called to play.

Even though I only knew Kari through Tennis, I feel blessed to have been a part of her life. This is a sad day for the community of Santa Clarita Valley and Hart High School. We have lost a beautiful young woman and she was much to young to be taken.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and we will miss her dearly every day.

— Shelly Eagles-Clayton
September 14, 2008 at 6:25 p.m.

Kari was a senior at hart high school, and a teammate of mine on the tennis team since my freshman year. She's been taken away too soon, and will always remain in our prayers. She was always so friendly and hardworking- words can't possibly describe her amazing spirit and how much she has touched our hearts. She is our fallen angel and will always be remembered.

— Stacy
September 14, 2008 at 6:43 p.m.

You will be missed by all of Hart High School. Godbless you and your family! You will always be remembered.

— Chad
September 14, 2008 at 8:12 p.m.

Kari will be missed by all of the tennis team she was an amazing person with an incredible heart. She will truly be missed by everyone at Hart, she touched everyone one of us on the team and had a spirit about her that even in the toughest of situation always found the best in it. Im going to miss her so much and the world is not going to be the same without her. I miss you, you are our fallen angel!

— Courtney
September 14, 2008 at 8:22 p.m.

rest in peace kari.
you live through each one of us.
wish i could have gotten to know you

— elliot
September 14, 2008 at 8:32 p.m.

even though i only met you online~

i wish i could meet u in person~

i'll play more song for you~~~~

"endless rain~~~fall on my heart~kokoro no, kizu ni~"

— J
September 14, 2008 at 8:35 p.m.

good times in english RIP

— Johnny
September 14, 2008 at 8:44 p.m.

Kari... I can't believe you're gone. It's just unthinkable for me. I will always remember your sweet smile and kindness. Rest in peace, my dear.

— Sam
September 14, 2008 at 8:44 p.m.

Kari was my first friend when I moved here from San Diego in middle school at Placerita Jr. High.

She came up to me and asked if I was Korean. That's how we became friends. She and I...talked about Asian celebrities and hung out with LeiLani and Do Yeon every lunch and brunch.

She and I were the closest for my 7th grade year until she went to high school before me. She's the one who convinced me to join the tennis team or even try out. It didn't work out for me, but I hung out with her every lunch during 9th grade.

We hung out in the Asian group at our school next to the F building.

I don't know what to say.

I promised her we would hang out. I was going to see how fat her dog had gotten sometime.

I wish I had hung out and spent more time with her even after I got busier.

We had promised each other we would meet.

We made plans this FRIDAY.

How can she be gone?

— hyejeong yoon
September 14, 2008 at 8:54 p.m. will be my best friend as always..
i will always remember
i miss you so much..

— Tiff
September 15, 2008 at 12:12 a.m.

RIP , Kari.
Does she come from Taiwan ?

— inman
September 15, 2008 at 3:01 a.m.

I'm a tennis mom. My daughter, husband and I have been blessed with Kari's presence in our lives. Last evening we opened our home to a few of Kari's friends who assembled red ribbons and posters in support of their fallen friend. They shared tears, stories and photos. She was a sweet beautiful young lady. We all loved her gentle softspoken personality. I think it's important for kids in this community to know her story and how much she and her family sacrificed to live the "American Dream".
Her memory will be with us always.

— Christina (Tennis Mom)
September 15, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.

My son sat next to her, she was Vice president and he was president elect for the Avid program, hes is so torn up about it, as well as I. What can we do for the family, how can we help so not to feel helpless in honor of her? Its my understanding she is Chinese, and spoke it fluent, that comes from my son who worked with her at school. So, so sad, I'm so sorry, what a beautiful girl, I'm so sorry! My whole heart is with her family and friends who will miss and ache for her to be with you.

— Im a Mom of a student in Avid
September 15, 2008 at 10:37 a.m.

She is from Taiwan. I never met her before but heard she's very kind and care. That day she went to a part-time job to help her sister's college living expenses, not her own. Sad to hear she left at such young age.

— A friend of relatives
September 15, 2008 at 12:07 p.m.

Kari was one of my really good friends. lunch was always a blast. our own little group was always so fun, even though Kari would rather do homework than talk about girl stuff. we were still trying to convince her to go to prom with us, and now she will never be able to experience that small luxury that we all take for granted. Kari was a gorgeous girl who had a quick tongue who always spoke her mind; and thats what i completely loved about her. Kari had so many plans for her future and did everything to help support her family. i hope i never lose a close friend in my life, because the pain i feel right now and will always feel for the rest of my life, is unbearable. my love goes out to Kari's family whom i never met, but have grown to love from Kari's stories. there will not be a day that goes by that i will not miss my friend whose life was taken way to early. she is now our radiant angel who will always be watching over us. i love you Kari, and im sorry i never told you that. i will miss you so much and your kindness and personality will live on through my children. i hope you know that your friendship is what made my life whole.

— Gen
September 15, 2008 at 12:51 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 1:05 p.m.

i knew her from Jr. high and im going to miss her very much and it is hard not to cry...

— Lauren Porter
September 15, 2008 at 1:23 p.m.

We will all mis you Kari in Econ! you were the sweetest person i knew!

— Daniel
September 15, 2008 at 1:27 p.m.

May her beauty shine on in heaven. Im going to miss seeing her bright and shining face every day. My heart goes out to her family.

September 15, 2008 at 2:02 p.m.

Dear Kari,
You do not know me, as a matter of fact, I hardly know you. However, you have changed my life. You have changed the lives of several peers and friends forever. You're presence is missed and we will always remember you, your warm spirit, and positive attitude. Hart couldn't have a better guardian angel.
May you peacefully rest forever in eternity.

— Gina
September 15, 2008 at 2:50 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 5:24 p.m.

We are very sorry about your loss of you daughter.

God Bless your family.

— Donna Hernandez
September 15, 2008 at 9:27 p.m.

Kari your time came way too soon. May you rest forever in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

— Gina
September 15, 2008 at 9:32 p.m.

I am so devastated to hear of Kari's passing. It's unreal to me. I know Kari from her family's restaurant as I go there about three or so times a week. I always look forward to seeing her happy face. She and her family are so sweet and kind and I cannot imagine what they are going through right now. I can't properly describe Kari as there arn't enough nice things to say. She is truly a kind soul with a beautiful heart and to say I will miss her is an understatement. I pray for her whole family to find peace one day.

— Jennifer Price
September 15, 2008 at 10:23 p.m.

How sad that someone so young has gone so soon. How tragic for her family. God Bless them.

— Teri Ward
September 15, 2008 at 10:29 p.m.

our families were friends and kari has always been a sweet girl. everyone will miss you dearly. rest in peace.

— Jenny
September 15, 2008 at 10:48 p.m.

I remember when I first met you Kari..You were coming to Barnes with your sister for our study group. You were so lively and cheerful, a really nice girl who made everyone feel so comfortable. I will never forget you and your smile. Hearing that you are gone is unreal. Bless you.

— Nisha
September 16, 2008 at 1:49 a.m.

K... My birthday is coming, am I still getting what you promised? I miss u.

— V
September 16, 2008 at 8:10 a.m.

Everyone is wearing ribbons in your memory. . We all love you, even those of us who never got to know you. You're beautiful soul on earth can now shine as a star from the skies. Kari's family- In your time of pain, please realize that God has your daughter in His loving arms. She knows you love her and she is loving you from above

— N.
September 16, 2008 at 2:48 p.m.

I remember i had a class with her last year. Its such a tradgedy. When i first heard the news I started to cry. Best wishes to her family and friends.

September 16, 2008 at 2:57 p.m.

Kari was eager to learn and full of wonder. She asked questions about everything and was curious about the world. I was her teacher for 4 years and in that time I saw her grow academically and personally. She was excited about college and had worked so hard to make her dreams come true. This is such a tragedy for her family and for all of those she knew. She will live in our hearts forever.

— AVID Teacher
September 16, 2008 at 5:26 p.m.

When I learned of Kari's unfortunate passing I was completely shaken and reality seemed to strike me across my face.
This was someone I had known for all my high school life, someone I had had conversations with and prayed with.

I came to realize the delicate nature of my own mortality and how I had taken many of the precious people around me; as well as my own life for granted.

I will always remember Kari.
May God be with her family.

— Brian
September 17, 2008 at 4:24 a.m.

Kari, I didn't know you that well. I saw you on the bus for the tennis games and you always put a smile on everyone's face. One of the sweetest girls I knew. We all miss you and love you always.

— Shelly
September 17, 2008 at 4:31 p.m.


I will always remember your gentle, kind spirit. I will always remember your hard work and committment to the people and activities you cared about. I will always remember how concerned you were for the people around you.

You're one of a kind Kari, and I am sorry that I will not see the great and beautiful things you would accomplish here with us. I can only figure that God has some super important work for you up in Heaven because it's certainly not fair that He'd take you away from us this soon!

My love and prayers and with you, your family, and your friends. Thank you Kari for being a blessing to us all.

— H
September 18, 2008 at 8:10 p.m.

i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS

— Mey Chao
September 19, 2008 at 9:33 a.m.

Dear Kari's family,

For our lovely "Mei-Mei"...
For everyone who loves you...
Please stay strong!!

— Judy
September 19, 2008 at 1:23 p.m.

Dear pretty angel,
I didn't know you before, but I felt and saw you there last night when I visited your family. Kari, you look exactly like your mother. Your father talked a lot about you, how kind, cheerful, sweet and lovely you are. Thank you for the love you gave your family and H.o.c.

May God be with your family

— Ruby Chou
September 19, 2008 at 3:56 p.m.

God Bless, Rest In Peace.

— Lee
September 20, 2008 at 2:54 p.m.

i don't know you at all.i'm from china.when i see your sweet smile,i can hep reading all the blessings to you.i feel very sad for your family. may god bless you.good wishs to youd family.

— chou
September 21, 2008 at 4:22 a.m.

She was a very sweet girl. She always had a smile to greet me with either in her voice on the phone when placing an order at her family's restaurant, or when I showed to pick up. I'm very saddened over this loss. God bless her to heaven and may God offer the family support at this trying moment.

— Don
September 30, 2008 at 7:36 p.m.

Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is

my hearts and prayers go out to you.

— mey chao
October 1, 2008 at 9:50 a.m.

She was a very sweet and caring girl. I enjoyed working with her at Henry Mayo Hospital. Kari, I wanted to say thank you for helping me for my work. Thank you for making me laugh and hannging out with me. I remeber you, your sister and Pacilla came to my baby shower. I miss and love you. I wish you could see my baby before this happen. You were such a blessing to my family.

May you rest forever in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

— Akemi
October 1, 2008 at 3:24 p.m.

remember.... forever!

— Evan
October 2, 2008 at 6:17 a.m.

It's so unfortunate how another amazing person got taken away...

I think you were an amazing, courageous person, that had a great future to look ahead of. Everyone will never forget you.

Rest in peace.

— Justin
October 4, 2008 at 1:05 p.m.

We are so sorry for your loss. We didn't know Chen-Wyuan but she sounds like a wonderful person. We also lost our son on the train and know the pain you must be dealing with at this time. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

— Donna & Roy Aiken
October 4, 2008 at 1:54 p.m.

not knowing the victim but god bless her and her love ones me and my family ae very sorry for your lost

— Karen
October 24, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

When this tragic event first occurred, I was extremely sympathetic to Kari's family, friends, and loved ones. It didn't dawn on me that I had actually gone to school with her and had quite a few encounters with her in jr. high. She was in 8th grade, I in 7th. I remember I'd pass her in the hallway and she'd always smile and wave. She was quiet, but whenever she spoke, kindness just flowed out of her mouth. She was definitely someone completely capable of changing the world, but little did she know that she already has. We love you, Kari. RIP

— Drea Rewal
March 1, 2009 at 7:20 p.m.

You were definetly a person that changed my gave me a positive outlook on every situation. I hope you know that I will always keep you close to my heart. The moments we had while working at Subway are still alive and will always be...I luv you very much...

— Shikha
April 27, 2009 at 7:51 p.m.

Hey Kari.
It's been a year.
A lot has changed.

I just want to thank you for everything.

Thanks for being my friend.
For befriending such a loner like me.

But now, you're in a better place.
Even though I'm not religious, I know that you're there, in heaven, happy.

— Hyejeong
September 29, 2009 at 10:27 p.m.

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  • The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
  • The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.

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