BEAVERTON, Ore. -- "On June 5, 2014, I received about four missed calls from my sister."
Albert Lee recounted those moments when he called back and got the news he still struggles to believe. His younger brother Paul, a freshman at Seattle Pacific University, had been shot and killed.
"It hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t believe what I’d heard. Everything happens for a reason, a phrase I live by, was exactly what I couldn’t accept," Albert Lee said in front of a crowded church on Sunday.
He went on to explain the ongoing emotional ups and downs in the ten days since the shooting, and now a realization that there can be good that can come out of something so tragic.
"Even though Paul’s body on Earth has been laid to rest, his spirit lives on here in us," Lee said.
Hundreds packed a Beaverton church to celebrate the life of the 19-year-old Paul Lee on Sunday. Friends, classmates and church members spoke about Lee's passion for God, his love of dance and his compassion for others.
The President of Seattle Pacific University also spoke, pausing at moments to control his emotions.
Dr. Dan Martin said, "We do not understand why this evil event happened on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, or why one of our precious students, Paul Lee, was taken from us. We do not grieve as those who have no hope we gather together to remember this extraordinary young man."
Paul Lee's family set up a foundation in his name to support people living with mental illness. You can contribute to the foundation at any Wells Fargo branch. Learn more