On behalf of Zeta Beta Tau, we would like to thank everyone in the Case Western Reserve University community for their outpouring of support during this trying time. Before writing this, we attempted to gather a list of all of the organizations that have assisted us over the past week; we quickly realized there were so many that it would be difficult to know if we had left anyone out. The fact that the amount of support we have received is actually overwhelming is a testament to the sense of community that exists at this university, and for that, we thank you.
Words cannot express how comforting it has been for us to see how much the people on this campus truly care about one another.
Another struggle we have faced is deciding the best way to tell those that were not lucky enough to get to know William Michael Felten and Lucas Marcelli a little bit about the men that they were. Once again, the conclusion that we soon reached was that we cannot. No amount of words spoken about the two would do justice in describing the exemplary men that they were.
Even though they were only sophomores, they had securely established themselves as two of the most well-respected and admired members of our fraternity, as well as this university. As cliché as it may sound, Luke and Mike were two of the nicest, most genuine and hardworking men that we had ever met. In their everyday life they set the example of what it means to be a good man, and we are all thankful for that.
Even though our interactions with them were limited, we also feel it is important to recognize Abraham Pishevar and John Hill. From our initial impressions of John and Abe, it was quite obvious that they were exceptional men as well. Many of the brothers were fortunate enough to be able to attend the memorials held in both Abe and John’s dorms and have our initial impressions reaffirmed. The countless stories and emotions that were shared regarding these two men exhibited the impact that they had on their community in such a brief period. Those fortunate enough to have interacted with Abe and John are lucky to have met two men of their character, and they will be truly missed.
Once again, there are no words that can express the thanks and gratitude we feel for all those who have supported us through this tragedy. In the coming days we hope that we will not forget the impact that these four men had on all of our lives. If we all can actively try to be half the people that these men were, then the CWRU community, and the world in general, will become a much better place.
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity