FSU community holds vigil for Andrew Coffey

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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 15, 2017

Andrew Coffey (Photo: Facebook / CBS News)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hundreds gathered Wednesday night to remember Andrew Coffey, the Florida State University student and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge who died earlier this month.

A night of prayer, unity, and remembrance as friends and family mourned the loss of one of their own.

"We had a loss in the Florida State community and it was really something that really hurts this community," said Jordan Haimon.

University President John Thrasher spoke at the candlelight memorial, and discussed Andrew's impact on those around him.

"When his life was cut short, the world was deprived of what he might have contributed, his full potential will never be realized, a hole in the heart of his loved one's that will never truly be healed," said Thrasher.

For Jordan Doersam, the hole in his heart feels much bigger.

"It's just been rough, you know no one really prepares you for losing one of your best friends," said Jordan.

Jordan says he and Drew have been friends since high school. After graduation the two made the trek from South Florida to Tallahassee to attend FSU.

"He just always brought out the best in everybody," says Jordan.

Jordan says he remembers Dew as someone he could always count on for a laugh or an adventure.

Jordan said, "He just knew so many people and he was such an outgoing guy and so many people knew him. Just through that, we've all come together and tried to get through it together."

He says what's most important is that Drew be remembered for how he lived, not the way he died.

"In any way I can just keep his memory alive and just have everybody remember him as the person he was not this terrible tragedy," said Jordan.

By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A candlelight memorial for Andrew Coffey will be held at Florida State University Wednesday evening.

The memorial and prayer gathering is being hosted by Doulos at FSU Greek Ministry. The student organization says the vigil will begin at 6 p.m. on Langford Green near Doak Campbell Stadium.

Doulos at FSU says Greek-affiliated students will be allowed to attend the memorial, which is taking place during the indefinite suspension of all fraternities and sororities.

Coffey, 20, was found dead at an off-campus residence earlier this month. FSU officials said Coffey was found unresponsive after attending a party.

Coffey's death prompted Florida State University President John Thrasher to announce the indefinite suspension of all fraternity and sorority activities.

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