Vice President Lombardi issues condolences on death of Peiran “Joyce” Shi ’19

It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that we have lost a member of the Cornell community.

Peiran “Joyce” Shi ’19, a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, died from injuries sustained in a car accident in New Jersey late last night. Two other Cornell students were involved in the accident, and have been treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

Originally from Shenzhen, China, Joyce planned to major in physics and pursued many academic and extracurricular interests in foreign languages, electronic circuits and karate.

As we struggle with this loss, I encourage you to reach out to others for support and to use the support services listed below.

On behalf of the university community, I extend our deepest condolences to Joyce’s family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts as we mourn this tremendous loss to the Cornell community.

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student & Campus Life

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.

Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit