Cancer Claims Life of Shooting Survivor

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By Mike Wagner

OAKLAND - Alameda County Medical Center at Highland Hospital tells KCRG-TV9 that Miya Sioson died Wednesday morning. The hospital was treating Sioson for stage four breast cancer.

"The family appreciates all of the support they have received from their many friends and especially the members of the disabled community," her family said in a statement. The hospital says her brother Renato was with her when she died at 10:45 Wednesday morning.

The University of Iowa released a statement late Wednesday afteroon. "The University of Iowa community is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Miya Sioson, who was one of the victims of the 1991 shootings on the University of Iowa campus. She was a remarkable woman who inspired everyone she met. Despite her serious injuries, she courageously dedicated her life to the service of others. We express our heartfelt sympathy and support to her family and friends."

Sioson was a 23-year-old student-worker at the University of Iowa in 1991 when physics student Gang Lu went on a shooting rampage on campus. He shot Sioson in the neck paralyzing her. Five others were killed, Sioson was the only survivor.

In recent years she has lived outside of San Francisco working as an advocate for people with disabilities. She was recently recognized for her work by California's governor.

Sioson was 40 years old.

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