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UH Women's Basketball Mourns the passing of Kaila Chizer

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POSTED: August 25, 2022 -- 5:28 p.m. CT

The University of Houston and Houston Athletics are mourning the loss of Kaila Chizer, a two-time Houston graduate, former student-athlete and Women's Basketball Director of Operations, who unexpectedly passed away Tuesday.

Chizer, 26, graduated with a degree in education from Houston in 2018 and earned her master's in human resource development in 2020. She was the daughter of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development/SWA (Senior Woman Administrator) DeJuena Chizer, and her husband, Derrick.

"It's awful, awful news to lose one of our children and somebody who has grown up here and means so much to us," Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. "To lose someone so suddenly and so young is heartbreaking. We feel so much for DeJuena and Derrick and the rest of the Chizer family. There aren't enough words to express our sorrow and how much we love them as they work through the grieving process."

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced soon.

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