ASU to hold candlelight vigil in honor of student

Taylor Clayton Terrell

Taylor Clayton Terrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- A candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Albany State University student Taylor Clayton Terrell will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the university's ACAD auditorium.

Terrell was reported missing on Sept. 15, and his body was recovered in the Flint River several days later. An autopsy listed drowning as the cause of death.

"We are saddened by this news about our student, Taylor Terrell, a student who excelled in mass communication," ASU President Everette Freeman said. "Our hearts are broken as we extend sympathy and prayers to Taylor's family and friends. The entire ASU family mourns as we suffer the loss of one of our own. Right now, we are providing counseling to our students and anyone in need who knew Taylor."

The junior from Stone Mountain was a graduate of Redan High School and was an ASU work-study student at the campus television station.

"He was always ready to work and contribute in whatever way possible. What made him stand out was his ability to process technical information quickly," said Connie Williams, director of the university's telecommunications center. "He was very serious about his major, had a great attitude and a strong work ethic. It was his smile and gentle laugh that I will remember most. He will be truly missed."

"Taylor was a student who showed true potential in the production field," ASU Mass Communication Assistant Professor Judith Rosenbaum said.

A counseling center provided support to students, faculty and staff. Another memorial service is tentatively scheduled in Atlanta on Saturday.