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Sept. 17, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Mullens

Tomarken Vigil

The Northwest Missouri State University Community pulled together after the loss of fellow Bearcat Tomarken Smith.

Members of Northwest's fraternities and sororities put together a candlelight vigil at the Memorial Bell Tower Friday night in honor of Smith. Members of Greek life, Alexis Legget and Mel Peitzmeier remember Tomarken as a caring person who left a strong impact on the Northwest Community.

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Among those remembering Smith at the vigil was Northwest president Dr. John Jasinski. Jasinski says Smith loved life and wants other students to continue in his steps.

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Smith was involved in an argument early Friday morning with 2 men at Molly's Bar, which led to him being physically assaulted. Smith later died at St. Francis Hospital due to injuries. Bethany, Missouri residents, 31-year-old Kevin Dell Mooney and 23-year-old Tony M. Overlin, were charged with second degree murder in connection with his death. A memorial fund organized by the Sigma Epsilon Alumni Board has been set up to support the family of Tomarken Smith. Monetary donations can be made to the Tomarken Smith Memorial Fund in care of Citizens Bank and Trust in Maryville. Smith's family is also asking all cards and notes be collected and sent in a single mailing. The Northwest office of Campus Activities will accept correspondence through Wednesday.