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A university struggling to accept the violence that took away one of its students earlier this week began healing with a vigil Thursday.

Friends of Anthony Liddell one by one came to the microphone to share a memory about him.

The university's president vowed not to forgot liddell and condemned the violence.

To those who knew the CCU sophomore best, like his former roommate Charlie Hughes, lighting a candle was a way to remember.

"I feel like it's a great way to pay your respects to a man who was raised the right way and was taken from this world too soon," Hughes said.

"We feel like there was a need for immediate healing," CCU VP of Student Affairs Dr. Debbie Conner said.

Even with a large enrollment, Coastal's administration still views the campus as a close-knit community.

"It affects everyone in a different way and for many people to be able to come to something like this really gives them the strength to know that they do belong to a special place," Conner said.

Through the tears friends did bring up memories of the good moments in Liddell's life.

"He had his life planned out he knew what he wanted to do he took the right steps to become what he wanted to become," Hughes said.

A life plan silenced by a gunshot, on a campus now left hurt and in mourning.

A funeral is set for Saturday at 1:00pm in Bennettsville.

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