Anderson University is accepting online donations in support of the family of Xavier Walton, an AU student who died Feb. 14. In addition, Anderson University is planning an on-campus memorial service. Details regarding the service will be announced in the coming days.
Gifts by credit card will be accepted through March 15. Gifts are not eligible for tax deduction. All funds received will be directed to the family.
Donate to the Xavier Walton Fund
AU also invites individuals to share memories and condolences through the AU website. Share your comments here
A visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, 3401 W. 5th Ave., in Gary, Ind. Click here for map
Walton, a sophomore visual communication design major, collapsed while playing intramural basketball in the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the AU campus. Both campus security and local area paramedics arrived at the scene to provide assistance. Walton was transported to Community Hospital Anderson. He passed away late Thurs., Feb. 14. Walton was from Gary, Ind.
"Xavier was a very gifted student with wide interests,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “He loved his art and was known for skills in drawing. He loved music of all kinds, and he loved to be involved in all the moments of student activity. We are all deeply saddened that such a promising young man would pass from us, but we celebrate all we have come to know about him and hold his family, classmates, roommates, teammates, and his many friends in our love and prayers."
“Xavier was loved in many diverse circles including the football team, the Art Department where he majored, and Myers Hall where he lived,” said Dr. Brent Baker, vice president for student affairs at Anderson University. “We are certainly joining friends and family who are mourning his loss.”
Walton graduated from Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, Ind. He was a member of the Anderson University football team playing as a defensive lineman. He lettered in football as a freshman in 2011.
“Xavier was a strong Christian and a wonderful teammate,” said Bobby Ladner, head football coach at Anderson University. “The team and coaches loved him a great deal. We are keeping his family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers.”
Upon learning the news, AU students, staff, and faculty gathered for a time of prayer in Reardon Auditorium on the Anderson University campus.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.