LUBBOCK, TX -- The Southcrest Christian School Superintendent describes the 19-year-old man shot and killed at Liberty University as a good kid.
According to Lynchburg, VA Police, 19-year-old Joshua Hathaway was at a women's dormitory at Liberty University around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and went to a security officer and told the security officer he had been robbed. Police then say when the security officer went to follow up on the complaint, Hathaway pulled out a hammer to attack the security officer. Then, police say the security officer pulled out his gun and fired two shots. Hathaway later died.
Hathaway is from Lubbock, and graduated in May from Southcrest Christian School, where he was Salutatorian. Superintendent and High School Principal Linda Merriott describes Hathaway as a good kid, and very involved in school.
"Unbelievable, kept thinking someone had made a mistake," Merriott said Tuesday. "The news is not at all what we know about this young man. He was such a great kid and from a great family. He will be missed."
She said he had been involved in the school's band as well as the basketball team, and said he had been gone to Liberty University on a full ride, academic scholarship. She said she has fond memories of Hathaway. "My memories of him are him laughing, and enjoying life with his friends. Just being an all around great kid," Merriott said.
Merriott said the school will have guidance counselors on hand to help any students or faculty who need it.
The Liberty University Chancellor, Jerry Falwell, Jr, spoke in reaction to the events on campus. "We are deeply saddened by what happened and it has impacted our community in ways that we are just now beginning to understand," Falwell said.
University officials said the security officer is not a police officer, but rather an armed medic who is assigned to the dorm at night. The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment, and has since been suspended without pay while police do an investigation, according to the University.