Students, faculty and family gathered on the quad on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to hold a candlelight vigil to say farewell to the four Troy students lost over Christmas break.
Speeches were given, and a poem was read before candles were lit to honor the students and their families.
Below are some of the inspirational words spoken during the vigil:
“We are not gathered here today to mourn the lives lost but to celebrate the lives lived.” – Associate Provost Hal Fulmer
“Oh Lord, bring about a new sense of healing in our brokenness.” – The prayer of Pastor Elijah Shafer.
“Death reminds us of how precious life is.” – John McCall, Troy University history professor
“These students represent so many aspects of our school – the international department, athletics and just the average student.” – SGA President Cody Farrill
“Today we are called to remember them but we are also called to let them go.” – John McCall, Troy University history professor
“Not all lessons are learned in the classroom. This life lesson is one that you will remember forever.”
– Chancellor Jack Hawkins