Students, Staff Pay Tribute to Slain Student

December 13, 2011 Updated Dec 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT

By Allen Leight

December 13, 2011 Updated Dec 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - More than one hundred students, staff and faculty from Niagara University braved the cold Monday night in honor of a student who was shot and killed in a robbery attempt last week.

At a special candle-lit vigil outside of Alumni Chapel on the Niagara University Campus, many came to remember 20-year-old Brandon Johnson.

Friends read poems, recited prayers and Scripture, and reflected on the young life of the third-year accounting major whose life was cut short.

And though the pain is still fresh for many who knew Brandon, this tragedy is uniting this small campus who lost one of their own far too soon.

"When tragedies happen they can bring out the best in people, they can bring out the worst in people. And as I walk around campus and speak to my peers and as I observe and listen, it's truly bringing out the best in this campus through the heartbreak we're all going through," said Student Body President Christopher Zukas.

Police in Niagara Falls have arrested 17-year-old Gordon Jackson and 23-year-old Cordero Gibson for the murder of Brandon Johnson. A memorial service has been planned for Johnson in his hometown of Rochester for later this week, though no details about the service have been made public.