Dalai Lama’s Nephew Killed During ‘Walk for Tibet’

The Dalai Lama's nephew was killed yesterday during a walk to raise awareness about the Tibetan struggle for independence from China.

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Photo: Rep. Keth Ellison (flickr)

Jigme Norbu (middle) meeting with Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota after completing a 600 mile walk for Tibet."

A prayer service is planned tonight in Bloomington to honor Jigme Norbu.  Norbu is the nephew of the Dalai Lama.  He was hit by an SUV last night while walking along a stretch of Florida Highway.  The 300 mile “Walk for Tibet” was organized to raise awareness of the Tibetan struggle for independence from China.

According to State Police the accident happened around 7:30 PM.  Norbu had been walking with some other people, but most of the group went on ahead to get dinner and Norbu was walking alone on the west side of the highway when a driver traveling southbound failed to see him.  The driver of the vehicle and his five-year-old child, who was in the SUV with him, were not injured in the crash.  Emergency officials declared Norbu dead when they arrived on the scene.

Police say the accident is still under investigation.  However there was a sidewalk in the area and Florida law requires pedestrians to use a sidewalk if there is one available.

In a written news release, the director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center Arjia Rinpoche said he appreciates Norbu’s work to help Tibet and the Tibetan people.  Rinpoche and the TMBCC staff will be in prayer today and will host a prayer service at 5:30 this evening at the temple at the center.  Later this week the center is planning a community event to honor Norbu, his family, and his work for the Tibetan people.

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  • Autumn

    very sorry for the loss of a wonderful human

  • Barry Dean

    It was in the WFIU broadcast of this report on Tuesday, February 15, that I first learned of the unfortunate death of Jigme Norbu . However, because of the wording of the text (“He was hit by an SUV”), it was not clear that Mr. Norbu had been killed until the announcer reached the end of the second paragraph (“Emergency officials declared Norbu dead”). A little more attention to editing would have cleared up this major point!

  • Jean Bustos

    Please give me some information about the police investigation of the accident. Was it dark at 7:30 p.m.? How could the imp have been so intense as to shatter the windshield and crumple the hood? Is there any evidence the SUV attempted to swerve away from Jigma Norbu or had the holy man somehow wandered into the line of traffic?
    I am a retired journalist and have been a Buddhist or 30 years. Thank you.

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