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Bittersweet memorial held for fallen ASU student

Geraldine Winns, left, helps Kevius Bass, right, during a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Albany State University student Taylor Clayton Terrell Tuesday on campus.

Geraldine Winns, left, helps Kevius Bass, right, during a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Albany State University student Taylor Clayton Terrell Tuesday on campus.

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Taylor Clayton Terrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Mourning an Albany State University student took on many faces including the recitation of a serious poem and laughable memories of borrowed noodles and pens.

A memorial for Taylor Clayton Terrell, whose body was found Sept. 18 in the Flint River, packed the university's ACAD Auditorium with school staff, students and his Phi Beta Sigma fraternity brothers Tuesday evening.

"He was a young man with great promise and potential. Students, faculty and staff spoke highly of him," said Edgar Berry, vice president for student affairs. "It was clear he was on his way to becoming one of the most accomplished students in mass communications."

While ASU President Everette Freeman recited from "Funeral Blues" a poem by W.H. Auden, he said that while the poem said nothing good can come from loss it wasn't true in the case of ASU students.

"While we hold dear the memory," Freeman said, "we continue to go forth with a future to fulfill. Potential. realized."

Speakers drawn from the student body each said that they wanted Terrell's family to remember the good times.

While many spoke about the smile that seemed perpetually on Terrell's face, fraternity brother Ken Nesbitt said he remembered him as a serious, talented and hard working student.

After the memorial at the auditorium, students lit candles and walked to the other side of the campus. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the death by drowning.