Friends, family join together to remember TCU student killed in boating accident

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Family, friends and faculty gathered at the brick plaza Tuesday evening to say goodbye to Harrison “Stokes” Smith, a senior economics major who died in a boating accident Saturday night just outside of Fort Worth.

Smith was scheduled to graduate in December and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Student Foundation.

Without enough chairs to seat those coming to pay respect, people stood underneath the arch of the BLUU while friends and family spoke. Among those speaking included Smith’s former roommate, Brett Tenhoff.

“The reality still hasn’t set in,” said Tenhoff. “Judging by all the people here, when it does set in, I know it will be a lot easier to get through.”

Connor Vaccaro said Smith was more than a friend and a positive influence to those around him.

“He made such an impact on my life and he made such a difference in me, that I know it is my job now to carry on his legacy,” said Vaccaro.

Tenhoff said that part of this legacy is the idea of always looking out for others.

Members of the TCU community release balloons in the memory of Harrison Smith. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Weaver).

“He had a daily routine of face timing his parents and sister and would answer their call no matter where he was,” Tenhoff said. “That’s the kind of guy he was and never put himself first.”

Following the remarks, the crowd walked together to frog fountain where service concluded reciting the Alma Matter and releasing balloons.

“We will always remember him as a proactive, passionate, caring young man who loved helping people reach their potential,” said Netty Matthews, Vice President of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, where Smith interned. “Harrisons center was his faith and his family – his smile was the brightest when he talked about them.”

Harrisons impact continues to be heard through friends and family who have taken to social media to celebrate his life.