Students, colleagues celebrate the life of Shoreline professor

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 10:30 PM

More than 400 people attended a celebration of life for beloved Shoreline Community College English Professor Troy Wolff Sunday.

“We knew each other very well; it’s a tremendous shock,” said Amy Kinsel, a friend and professor at the college.

The 46-year-old was stabbed to death Sept. 13 in Pioneer Square after a Sounders game. Wolff was trying to defend his girlfriend, who survived the attack by a mentally-disturbed man.

“This is a difficult time, a time for all of us to heal and to reflect upon how precious life is,” said David Ortiz, who attended the service.

Aside from poems, stories and memories of Wolff were shared with the crowd. Many remember him for his sense of adventure, infectious smile and his passion for his students.
 
“He was the one who helped shape me and mold me into who I am today,” said Kevin Yen, a former student who attended the service.

“I really didn’t care about reading or literature and he was the one who lit a fire under me,” he said.

College Administrators say the tragedy has been an emotional rollercoaster for many.

“It’s extraordinarily important for us to be together,” said Daryl Campbell, Interim President.

While Wolff is no longer there, many say his death teaches an important lesson.

“Life is precious, life is short. Embrace every moment that you have,” said Campbell.

The college is in the planning stages of a permanent campus memorial to honor Wolff.

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