Community holds vigil for East Forsyth teacher

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It was the feeling of unexpected loss that brought dozens to tears Sunday, as family remembered 23-year-old Krishawn Noble at Winston-Salem State University. Noble graduated from WSSU in May.

He was found dead Friday in Kernersville Lake Park, after reports he went missing days before when he didn’t show up for work. Those who knew him left messages for the family. Noble was deeply involved in the community, making an impact on local kids at the YMCA.

"He always helped others you know when they fell,” said 7-year-old Hugh Fitzgerald, who had Noble as a mentor. Fitzgerald was fond of Noble’s skills on the basketball court, and their time playing foosball.

Getting a degree in Middle School Education, Noble was going to begin his career in teaching this fall, for his first full-time job as a teacher at East Forsyth Middle School.

"We must realize the power of an individual to bring about change,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson. "Krishawn had that power, he began to do that."

Noble made strong impressions on those around him, remembered as someone everybody knew, and someone who would "keep his cool.” He was someone people said anybody could look up to.

“Hopefully, I can be like him,” said fellow student teacher Jamarkis Mitchel. "Going into the school system, getting a job right after, from student teaching. I really, like I said I admired his spirit."