Friends Remember UAF Good Samaritan Killed in Highway Accident

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Sarah Riopelle; Friend of Sylvester Smith >> "He was a very, very hard working student and everybody really loved to work with him."
"Fun loving, good hearted person."
"Sylvester was a super fun loving guy. He always looked for the best in things and he was always friendly which is something that's hard to find sometimes."
"When I initially heard that something had happened, I got a text being like 'Hey what happened to Sylvester?' and immediately I looked at this Facebook and I saw that he had passed and so I texted the people that I had saw commented on his page and it was a shock, it was an utter shock. It was a frenzy because I texted all these people, everyone who I knew, knew him and was closer to him and no one knew anything specific. It took a bit just to find out that he had been in a car accident."

Mohabbat Ahmadi; Associate Professor, UAF >> "I had a class and a lot of students didn't show up, they were really shocked and a lot of them sent me an email, saying they couldn't come to class and I also felt really bad because he also, almost always sat at a specific computer when we were doing simulation class. I felt really bad when I saw he was not there."

Sage Tixier; Friend of Sylvester Smith >> "It's just kind of a complete shock to find out that he isn't around anymore. It's a very, it's a very strange feeling to have someone that you've known for a while and all of a sudden he's just gone."

Sarah Riopelle >> "It is truly a tragedy that Sylvester is no longer with us because he was someone who was super easy to talk to and very friendly and that is just a huge positive trait in people that you may or may not see and so my condolences to his family and if there is a memorial service, I would love to know that way me and a group of friends can come down because everyone who I talked to about his passing was completely shocked and it's really hard to believe he's no longer here and that he won't be graduating with us this upcoming spring."