Lorall Hann: Honoring his legacy

Remembering Lorall Hann

Lorall Marrece Hann was a mainstay of our Hornet family—everyone knew his smile. On Jan. 27, 2021, he passed away at the young age of 34. Many will recognize him from his trademark red headphones he always wore as he gracefully spun across campus. There are not adequate words to express the sorrow and the collective grief of our campus at this extraordinary loss. Lorall was a regular at football games and fundraising events, and was deeply committed to giving back to his fellow students and improving his community. Lorall was an intellectual, a dreamer, a poet, and a friend—and a darn good DJ at KSSU. 

In 2019, Lorall, a psychology major, spoke at the Green and Gold Gala about the importance of supporting former foster youth and Black students in completing their college degree. As a member of the Guardian Scholars, he shared the critical role that scholarships and philanthropic support play in student success. He never missed an opportunity to support his fellow students. 

He was also a fierce advocate for students who faced access and mobility challenges at Sacramento State. As Lorall shared in a powerful video profile in 2019, at 16 he was shot in a drive-by shooting which caused a month long coma and left him paralyzed. He credits his teachers, counselors, principals, and his grandmother for pushing him to pursue his education and to keep reaching for his dreams. After graduation, he hoped to become a counselor so that he could support young people to stay in school and fulfill their potential. Despite the significant challenges that Lorall faced, he was always seeking the opportunity to help those coming after him. He understood hardship and devastation, and he understood what it was like to be supported by his family and his community.

Lorall’s life is one that ended far too early and so tragically close to the fulfillment of a long-time dream – graduating college. Later this semester, we will present Lorall’s family with a posthumous degree in recognition of his academic achievement at Sacramento State.

Donations in honor of Lorall are designated for the Guardian Scholars Program, which will continue his commitment to providing hope and giving back to his fellow students. The Guardian Scholars Program supports Sacramento State’s foster youth students by providing academic resources, social support in engaging in the campus community, and financial advising and support. If you would like to designate your gift to a different area, select "Other" at checkout and type where you would like your gift to be directed to.  

To give by mail 

Make checks payable to "The University Foundation at Sacramento State" and write "Guardian Scholars, Lorall" in the memo line.

Please use the mailing address:

Sacramento State | Development Office | 6000 J Street MS 6030 | Sacramento | CA | 95819

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