CAD student among those lost in Oakland fire; memorial event to be held

Friday, December 09, 2016
The Metro College Success Program and the Metro Association of Social Equity Student Organization will hold a memorial for Michela Gregory on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.




Michela Gregory, an SF State student and participant in the Metro College Success Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) Program, was among those who died in the Dec. 2 fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland. She was majoring in both child development and communicative disorders. Gregory had attended the event with her boyfriend, Alex Vega, who also died in the fire.

In an Associated Press story, Metro Academy of Health Coordinator and Instructor Rama Kased described Gregory as committed to her studies.  "I would see her all the time pushing her classmates, getting her classmates to finish the work," Kased told The Associated Press. "She was quiet, but when she spoke, the class would listen because they knew she would have something important to say."

Friends and family remember her as creative, ambitious and caring. In a San Jose Mercury story, her father, David Gregory, said “She wouldn’t hurt a fly. She became a vegetarian in high school, and then she became a vegan because she could not stand hurting animals. That is the kind of person she was — she was against cruelty toward anybody, against bullying anybody. She was the kind of person that we need in this world.’’

Gregory's family has set up a memorial fund to help with expenses.

Related stories:
Golden Gate Xpress, SF State remembers Michela Gregory
KQED, Michela Angelina Gregory, 'Golden, Stellar' Student and Writer