FORT VALLEY, GA (WALB) - A college student, murdered on his college campus was honored Thursday night for the selfless act that led to his death.
Fort Valley State University students gathered Thursday for a candlelight vigil for Donnell Phelps who was killed in a shocking act of campus violence.
Authorities said that 18-year-old Phelps was stabbed multiple times by a former student on after Phelps tried to help three female students on campus.
That's the last memory his Wildcat family has of him.
Loved ones and fellow students released balloons into the sky, sending their love up to their fallen Wildcat.
GBI agents said that 24-year-old Joseph Anthony Scott attacked Phelps on campus after he tried to stop Scott from groping three female students.
Phelps was a freshman from Marshallville. His brother, Nigera Walters spoke highly of his character, the same character that was shown in his final moments.
"He definitely had a kind heart. He was raised great to love people. To see the goodness in everybody and to spread joy," said Walters.
The candlelight vigil brought around 200 people to the Wildcats commons. The event was organized by his freshman class leaders who weren't surprised Phelps took a stand.
"It sounds just like something he would do," explained Freshman class president Idalis Forte. "He just was a selfless person and it just really proved that when he put his life in danger for someone else."
"He is a very humble person who is very outgoing. Every time you see him he's speaking, he's smiling," said Freshman class vice president Naron Usry.
The event was held in the midst of final exams for the Fort Valley students. Many of them still showed up, as it was the least they could do for someone who committed such a selfless act.
"We commend Donnell for sticking up for sticking up for what he believed in and taking up for the young ladies," said Forte.
Phelps also served as the manager for the university tennis teams. During the vigil one tennis player said he would have risked his life to save Phelps had he been there. The sentiments were similar for all in attendance. Phelps didn't die in vain, and his memories will last forever.
"We wanted to make sure that he felt loved and make sure his family felt that we did have love for him and he is going to have a special place in our hearts," explained Usry.
Joseph Scott Junior is facing charges for murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.
Investigators said that he also stabbed a campus police officer who is recovering.