Oct 3, 2012 10:38 PM by Steven Albritton
It was a standing room only crowd that gathered at St. Nicholas Catholic Church to pay their final respects to Derek Olivier. He was shot and killed last Thursday while helping a friend change a tire on campus. Olivier played cornerback on the football team at Arkansas Baptist College. many of his teammates made the 7 hour trip to say goodbye to their teammate.
"My very first time meeting Derek, I'm not the type of person to open up to people, but with him, he brought that out of me. Like the minute I met him he instantly became my best friend," Arkansas Baptist football player Dontae Holman said.
His teammates described him as a person everyone wanted to be around and would always be able to make you laugh. Olivier was two days shy of his 20th birthday when he was killed, and two days shy of dressing for his first road game.
"That game, that we won against Chattahoochie, that was going to be Derek's first trip traveling. So that really meant a lot to him and to us for us to really go out and perform the way we did."
Although Olivier is gone the team is making sure Derek will always be around.
"We're just going to miss him tremendously, but we just want his legacy to live on," Head Coach Richard Wilson said.
Holman adds, "Every time we break for practice or break for a game or say a prayer; It's always Derek. Derek on 3. 1 2 3 Derek. We always keep in in our minds and in our hearts."