Updated: 08/29/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 08/29/2014 10:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
RIT students are trying to make sense of something that doesn’t after losing their friend Timothy Holmes this week.
Police found the 24-year-old graduate student dead Wednesday in an off-campus townhouse. Holmes was studying performing arts at NTID. Students say he knew everybody, and everybody knew and loved him.
Kirsten Larsen has known Holmes since she was six and said, “When we found out we just arrived and we sat there and we just started talking about him. We laughed and we cried together. Throughout the day, more people started showing up. They knew where to go.”
Samantha Geffen was supposed to take a class with Holmes, and says it’s hard to say goodbye to somebody with such a huge personality.
“He had so many characters and so many things that he did to inspire everybody. It’s heartbreaking that he’s not with us anymore,” Geffen said.
On Friday, Holmes’ NTID family paid tribute to him during a candlelight vigil.
David Tawil, who thought of Holmes as his big brother, wore his fraternity shirt to the vigil in honor of him. He said, “I’m still in shock. I can’t believe it. It was too early, it was not his time.”
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say there’s still no word on how Holmes died.