Hundreds attend vigil for MSU student-athlete Robert Grays


WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Thursday night, hundreds of MSU students, faculty, and members of the Wichita Falls community came together to celebrate the life of Robert Grays.

The entire vigil was streamed live on the Newschannel 6 Facebook page.  A look at the entire stream can be found below.

The 19-year-old cornerback passed away Tuesday night after he was severely injured during the school's football game on Saturday against Texas A&M Kingsville.

The vigil at MSU proved that '24 Strong' is bringing the Mustang community together.

Those who came out gathered for a moment of silence and to pray for their friend, and one thing is clear, Grays touched so many lives in such a short amount of time.

"Rob did not lose this battle.  Rob won because Rob is a winner," said Dr. Bob McCartney, MSU Football Chaplain.

The campus was filled with positive messages as people shared words of support and happy memories of Grays.

Candles were handed out and a sea of light filled the campus, and while Grays was taken from this earth too soon, his light will continue to shine as his legacy lives on.

"He was like an angel, and all he did was look for the best in every one of us," said Sir'Vell Ford, MSU football player.

The entire MSU football team showed up to show their support for their teammate.

"Every day we got on that practice field, we touched his jersey.  It's because we know he's out there with us," said Ford. "We're going to do it for him from now on."

Grays' friends were also there.

"Robert was just a guy who just always smiled.  He was so nice," said Sydney Ellis, MSU student.  "Every day he would say hi to you.  He was just an amazing person."

Even those who barely knew the young athlete said Grays left his mark on their lives and hearts.

"That one person makes a difference on this campus, and that's what we preach at MSU," said Jamilah Kangudja, MSU Student.  "Family is everything."

They said Robert helped instill that in them.

"That we will always be a family," said Ellis.

A family that is coming together and showing the true meaning of '24 strong.'

"He came out here on this earth to do one job, and that's to make every one of us out here better," said Ford.  "Even if you did or didn't know because everything you remember about Rob is positive."

Jesse Brown, MSU Coordinator of Student Leadership and Wichita Falls City Councilor, said Gray was inspiring, impacted many and contributed so much to the university.

"Brought strength to the football team.  I mean one of the most prominent students we had on campus," said Brown.

Although right now is a tough time for many on campus.

"It's going to be hard for a while to just walk around and know that he won't be here with us," said Ellis.

The memory of Robert Grays will never be forgotten.

"His smile is one definitely to be remembered," said Kangudja.

Students at MSU said they know he is there with them.

"Telling us it's going to be ok.  You guys keep your head up," said Kangudja.

The candlelight vigil held at MSU is one of the many ways the Mustang community and the city of Wichita Falls are coming together to remember and support Robert Grays and his family.  For more information on how you can give to Grays' family, you can click here

On Saturday the entire MSU football team will be at Grays' funeral in Rosharon just south of Houston.

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