The Anderson University community is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Xavier Walton, a sophomore visual communication design major. Walton 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 today.”
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 for the Walton family late Thursday night in Reardon Auditorium on the Anderson University campus.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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.