A memorial service for Stephen Scherer is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Southcliff Baptist Church, a church minister said.
James Brown, minister to families with children at Southcliff, said the service will be open to all university students, faculty and staff. Brown said there is no firm schedule for the service, but that Senior Pastor Caroll Marr would share a brief message and some of Scherer’s friends would share stories. Scherer’s family will be present at the service, he said.
“[The service] will be a celebration of his life,” Brown said.
Scherer, a senior health and fitness major, was found dead in his off-campus residence Sunday, according to a Fort Worth Police Department report. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled the manner of Scherer death as suicide by gunshot wound.
TCU Chief of Police Steven McGee said he first got to know Scherer through working with him as a Froggie Five-O supervisor. McGee said he thought Scherer was a smart kid with his whole life ahead of him.
“Everyone is going, “Man, I wish we would have had an indication so we could have tried to talk to him or something,'” McGee said, “but no one did…it’s sad.”
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills sent an e-mail Wednesday notifying students, faculty and staff of Scherer’s death. According to the message, counseling will be available to students through the Counseling, Testing and Mental Health Center, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Life.
According to Thursday’s e-mail from Mills to students, faculty and staff, Chancellor Victor Boschini requested the university flag be flown at half-staff in memory of Scherer on the day of his service.
Director of Counseling, Testing & Mental Health Linda Wolszon and the Rev. Angela Kaufman, minister to the university, could not be reached for comment.
Southcliff Baptist Church is located about ten minutes away from campus at 4100 SW Loop 820.
Memorial service for Stephen Scherer
When: 1 p.m. today
Where: Southcliff Baptist Church, 4100 SW Loop 820
Open to all university students, faculty and staff.