Derek Olivier (Photo from Facebook)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Students, faculty, and community members visited the Old Main Auditorium on the Arkansas Baptist College campus for a memorial service to remember the life of Derek Olivier Jr.
Olivier was a first-year student and football player at ABC, and would have turned 20-years-old just two days following last week's homicide.
Folks in attendance were invited to give tributes to Olivier as they pleased. Memories included a chivalrous, young man who would ensure women walked home safely, and a hard worker with never a problem getting to classes.
His football coach Richard Wilson called Olivier "the whole package." He said he was a good man, on and off the field.
The sudden loss of Olivier is clearly hitting the Arkansas Baptist Community hard.
Residence hall director Georgiore Wade says, "It hit me at church right after the benediction. It just took me out. It's hard when you lose a kid like that."
ABC president Fitz Hill also spoke, calling this loss one of the toughest during his times at the school. He says he treats every student like his own child, and urged the crowd to make it a goal to keep Olivier's memory alive on campus.
The school asks people to continue to pray for the Olivier Family, and the Arkansas Baptist College family.
Olivier was shot to death while changing a tire near Arkansas Baptist College Thursday night.