By JOSEPH GRAF
On March 14, IU South Bend student Keith Brandt passed away in his suite at River Crossing Student Housing due to natural causes. On March 21, students gathered in the Community Building to hold a remembrance night for the memories that Brandt brought to their lives.
A group of people gathered around the room, sharing stories of Brandt’s life and how he affected their own lives. While the event was somber at times because of the occasion, the lighthearted memories that were shared by his friends kept many of them smiling and thankful.
Former IUSB student Charlie Parrilla, one of Brandt’s closest friends, shared some of his own insight into who Brandt was.
“He was a very sweet person. He always wanted to help anybody that needed help,” said Parrilla. “He always helped me with homework and personal problems, and he didn’t just do that with close friends. He was the person that anyone could go to.”
When asked for a favorite memory of Brandt, Parrilla said he couldn’t narrow it down to just one.
“We never had a dull moment. Not one memory beats out another, we always had fun no matter what we did. But the memories I do have I will treasure forever,” said Parrilla. “I’m just hurt because my goal was to be back in school in the fall with the best friend that I had in college. I know that he is in a better place looking down on us and he wants us all to be happy and not stay stuck on the thought of him being gone.”