Arizona shooting victim remembered for uplifting personality

Bouquets and a cards sit on the front step of the home of Colin Brough, the student killed in a shooting at Northern Arizona University, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Castle Rock, Colo. Brough, who graduated from Castle View High School in Castle Rock, died in the shooting in which three others were wounded. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Friends and family of a shooting victim at Northern Arizona University remembered him Friday for his uplifting personality and infectious smile.

Classmates from kindergarten to college recalled 20-year-old Colin Brough as a fun-loving person who made his friends feel like family.

“He had an aura that just lifted the whole room,” said David Brunk, who had known Brough since kindergarten in Maryland.

Brunk said Brough was someone who always seemed to be smiling, even when trying to do something new or difficult. He was described as someone who could laugh at the sky while flat on his back when he took up snowboarding.

“He always tried with a smile on his face,” Brunk said.

The funeral service began with a slideshow of photos showing the smiling athlete snowboarding or playing lacrosse. Other photos showed him as a child, dressed as Winnie the Pooh for Halloween or posing with family members.

Many of the mourners at Bay Area Community Church were young adults, who wept and hugged when friends shared memories of their friend. One college roommate fought through tears during the service, as he told mourners he couldn’t believe his close friend was suddenly gone.

Brough attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, where he played lacrosse. He graduated from Castle Rock High School in Castle Rock, Colorado, in 2013.

He died last week after an overnight brawl between two groups of students escalated into gun violence. A freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, opened fire on four fraternity members, killing Brough and wounding three. Steven Jones has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

 

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