Tallahassee, Florida- August 21, 2012
Edgar Ter-Oganessian was a former Seminole linebacker in 2004.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2008 and had battled the disease ever since. Sunday, the man known as "TO" died from the disease.
During Tuesday evening's memorial on the FSU campus, FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher was out to honor TO. Although Fisher never coached him while he played at FSU, his coaching staff always brings up Ter-Oganessian to the current team and his work ethic and attitude he brought to Seminole nation.
Fisher said TO didn't lose his battle with cancer. He just ran out of time.
Tallahassee mayor John Marks, who shares the same fraternity as TO, also joined in saying goodbye. Hundreds attended including many members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Tears, reflection and laughter were just some of the emotions felt at the memorial. The former Seminole walk-on died at the age of 30.
His father, Leonid said Sunday was the darkest time for his family but he loves everyone who was impacted by his son.
"I lost my son but I gained in all of you, all of your faces, children," said Leonid through a translator. "At 62 years old you're all a part of my family."
Leonid is Russian and spoke at certain points in limited English to the crowd of almost 200 people.
A number of fraternity brothers, teammates and friends spoke about TO saying he accomplished more than some would do in two or three lifetimes.
He's survived by his parents, Leonid and Natalie Ter-Oganessian and his fiance, Danae Banmah.