Grambling State University is mourning the loss of Marcell Cavair Lewis Jr. He was a senior studying psychology from Little Rock, Ar. Lewis was tragically struck by an old Dodge pickup truck while skateboarding, according to authorities.
The incident took place last Thursday at approximately 6:55 p.m. on the 7100 block of U.S. Highway 80 in Grambling.
The motorist was driving west on U.S 80 when she struck Lewis, a skateboarder, who allegedly traveled into her lane, according to authorities.
Lewis was initially was taken to North Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, where he was stabilized and then transferred in critical condition to Ochsner LSU Health.
According to students he was an inspiring GSU cheerleader and member of The Order of Brotherhood Inc. (O.B.B)
“Marcell lived his life the way he wanted to. He loved tumbling and he literally tumbed until the day he died. I don’t think he regretted anything about his life, he made people happy. He impacted so many lives on this campus, senior Antoey White said.”
White, a criminal justice major from Las Vegas, Nev. had a close relationship with Lewis as they were both GSU cheerleaders and members of O.B.B.
“He touched a lot of people on the campus, especially people trying out for Grambling cheer. He lived a good life although it was short, it was a good one. He will definitely be missed,” White said.
Student Government Association President, Steven D. Wilson, said Lewis had a large impact on students.
“He was a GSU student and an overall champion in life. His contributions will never be forgotten. The impact he has left on those he knew will reach far,” Wilson said.
The university counseling center offers support to students grieving the loss.
Community members and students are encouraged to donate to a GoFundMe page to cover Lewis’s burial costs.