ATLANTA – A candlelight vigil is planned to remember a Georgia college freshman who was stabbed to death at Fort Valley State University as he tried to help three female students.
School officials say the freshman class plans the vigil for 19-year-old Donnell Phelps at 7 p.m. Thursday on the campus, about 30 miles southwest of Macon in central Georgia.
Twenty-four-year-old former student Joseph Anthony Scott faces charges including murder and aggravated assault in Phelps' death and an attack on a campus security officer, who is expected to survive.
Police say Scott was harassing and groping three young women near the school cafeteria Tuesday, and Phelps came to their aid by trying to intervene. They say Scott pulled out a pocket knife and began stabbing Phelps, who collapsed on the ground near the school's infirmary and later died.