NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students and faculty at Nashville's Tennessee State University said goodbye Tuesday to slain staff member Nathaniel Adefope.
The 60-year-old was found dead one week ago in a building near the school's poultry plant, where he worked as a supervisor.
"One week ago today, TSU lost an esteemed scholar, colleague, friend, family member and teacher," University President Dr. Melvin N. Johnson said at a memorial honoring Adefope Tuesday morning.
Adefope's family sat in the front row and comforted each other while Dr. Johnson remembered a beloved colleague.
He said, "To honor his memory, we will grow stronger in our determination to move forward."
Adefope's sister-in-law, Esther Adefope, told News 2 they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
"It certainly helps us to try to digest and try to get through this very, very hard time," she said.
Esther Adefope said the family, however, is still trying to understand how someone could have hurt Nathaniel.
"He was a giving person. He was the type of person, if you needed something, you knew you could depend on Nathaniel, he was always there for you," she said.
Adefope was a father, a grandfather, a teacher and a friend to many who say the TSU community won't be the same without him.
"We would like to say to the family that our prayers and thoughts are with you, [and] that TSU is your family," said Dr. John Cade, Dean of Admissions and Records.
Police are still searching for Adefope's killer.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME or text the word "CASH", along with their message to 274637.