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Candlelight vigil held to remember Sullivan University student

By Katie Bauer email | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Family, friends, and classmates came out to remember Andrew Compton's life.

It was a somber day for the university as they learned Tuesday morning they lost one of their own. Tuesday night a couple hundred people gathered at Gardiner Point Residence Hall, a dorm Compton had just moved into about a month ago.

One by one fellow Sullivan University students and friends tried to put their emotions into words.

"Andrew was an amazing person and an awesome friend," said Jenay Frederick, a long time friend.

"Everybody called him shy, but honestly you have to really get to know him, when you really got to know him, he was actually really open," said Mike Munell, who met Compton at Sullivan.

It was a tough day for the Sullivan family as they tried to comprehend what happened. Chancellor A.R. Sullivan addressed the crowd.

"I've had one of the roughest days in my almost 50 years as an educator," said Sullivan.

Candle flames filled the air as students mourned.  They were encouraged to remember the young culinary student's life and not the way he died.

"He was truly a great friend, he was one of those people who would never talk bad about anyone," said Mike Fisher, Compton's roommate.

Many were just getting to know him, learning of his passion for baking and his love for dessert.

"A bright, eager, talented young man who chose to come to Sullivan University to pursue his dream to become a chef, a pastry chef, a restaurant owner, who knows what the future would have held for Andrew," said Sullivan.

A horrific tragedy that can only be turned into a lesson, as students see first hand how you can never be too cautious.

"What we have learned is that we have got to be careful on what we do," said Steve Jiron, a high school classmate.

Andrew's cousin Sean Vance spoke on behalf of the Compton family, from Carmel, Indiana.

"We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time and again a sincere thank you for everything you have done," said Vance.

A life cut too short, a son, brother, and friend is gone too soon.

Grief counselors were on hand all day on Tuesday and they will remain available to students.

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