Just over a week after an EF-4 tornado claimed the lives of six University of Alabama students, family members of one of those students are talking about the young man who influenced so many lives in just 21 years.
As we reported earlier this week, Marcus J. Smith, a junior majoring in management information systems here at The University of Alabama, was killed when the twister destroyed his apartment complex, located just a few blocks from the UA campus.
Days before his funeral, which will be held in his hometown of Richmond, VA. on Saturday, a reporter from The Richmond Times Dispatch interviewed Smith’s parents, Robert and Jacqueline Smith.
In WTVR’s video story, Micah Smith, was still very emotional as he talked with Beck about his younger brother.
A PERSONAL NOTE: It was gratifying to see my former television station, WTVR, where I produced newscasts in the mid 1990s, report this story, especially since it involved a UA student from my hometown.
Smith’s funeral on Saturday will take place just a 5-minute drive from my home on Richmond’s north side. Even though I never got to know Marcus, I’ve learned so much about him this week. I wish could be there for the funeral.