A Liberty University vehicle remained parked by the dorm entrance as Lynchburg Virginia police looked over the scene of the shooting.
"We are deeply saddened by what has happened and it has impacted our entire community in ways that we are just beginning to understand," said President Jerry Falwell, Jr.
According to an arrest warrant released to our Raycom affiliate WWBT in Virginia, Joshua Hathaway came to the dorm known as Residential Annex II shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning looking for help. He told the security officer he had been robbed and his car was stolen.
The search warrant says as the officer began to help Hathaway, he took out a hammer and beat the security guard. That's when the officer fired two shots, one killing Hathaway.
"It's very devastating. I loved this young man and believed in him," said Southcrest Christian School Superintendent Linda Merriott. "He was a great young man, a student that was very beloved by teachers, faculty and students alike."
1,500 miles west of Lynchburg, students and faculty at Hathaway's alma matter were in shock.
"We had a lot of grieving students and faculty today. We had counselors here and pastors to pray with and talk to our students and our faculty and it was a hard day," said Merriott.
It was all the more painful given the fact that Hathaway's mother is a teacher at the school. They believe the community has lost someone great.
"Our country has lost a young man who loved the lord with all his heart, who worked hard to achieve and succeed," said Merriott. "He was a young man who had the heart of others in mind."
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