Arizona shooting victim remembered for uplifting personality

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Posted: Oct 16, 2015 6:44 PM

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 suddenly was 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.

Brough was killed last week when after an overnight brawl between two groups of students escalated into gun violence. Three others in his fraternity, Delta Chi, were injured.

Steven Jones, 18, has been indicted on first-degree murder and six counts of aggravated assault in the case. He's scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 26.