Kedric Hobbs' death came as a shock to those who knew him well at Texas Tech. In their own words, friends and professors talk about the tragic loss that leaves a void in the university's landscape architecture program:
Kedric's friend, and fellow Landscape Architecture Major Chad Dietz, says, "I went up to the hospital and when I got there, I found out. It was just a shock to know somebody so... such a good guy could be gone. But there was a good group of guys there and we prayed about it and thanked God for the life of Kedric and how many people he touched. There are just so many good memories we had with him."
Blaine Weinheimer, also a friend and classmate, says, "I would have never thought it'd be over that quickly. He's been telling me his plans for his career goals. I'd never have expected them to be erased that quickly. It still hasn't sunk in for me."
Jean Kavanheh, an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech recalls, "He had such promise as a person and a landscape architect and to have a student die like this is a very heartwrenching thing."
Chad says, "One of the things he was real active in was Campus Crusade for Christ. He got me started in that and we got to be close friends. We'd have deep conversations together. That's one thing I remember and I will miss most about him."
Blaine remembers, "He did still carry a lot of religion with him wherever he went and that's what made him such a great person... probably the nicest person I've ever met in my life and I don't think there's a single person who disliked him."
Chad says, "He always came to class with a smile on his face and he just cheered us up every day and he was always talking the teacher into giving us extensions on our deadlines. He was real talkative and has lots of friends."
Jean remembers Kedric as a student, saysing, "He really stood out as a student who was interested and was interesting... always had great comments and a great sense of humor and was always prepared for class. It leaves a hole in the program and in the class and it leaves a hole in you to miss him, to work with him and know he had changed your life so much."
Chad says, "Even though he was younger than me, I looked up to him. He had very high morals. He could never get enough of Christ. He'd sit in class in his spare time and he'd read Bible verses and study them and just last week we said we didn't know Bible well enough and he talked about writing them down and we'd start memorizing them together. He's the best friend I ever had."
Kedric Hobbs came to Texas Tech from Roswell, New Mexico. He is survived by his parents and five siblings.