Radford University community remembers Alexa Cannon

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) -- A campus typically painted red and white glowed blue on Wednesday night.

It's the color Alexa Cannon loved most.

"No matter what she was facing, there was always a light, and it reminds me of this saying: 'There are some who bring a light so great to the world that, even after they've gone, the light remains,'" said assistant professor of psychology Stirling Barfield. "Alexa, you will forever be a light in our hearts."

Cannon, a junior at Radford University, was killed in her off-campus apartment last week.

On Wednesday, friends, teachers and family shared memories of Cannon, including her love for Beyonce and the Highlander basketball team.

The message shared by many in the Radford community was that through all the darkness of the past week, the strength of Cannon's spirit has shined through like a light.

"Alexa made herself a part of this Radford family early on," said design department chair Holly Cline. "She had a light, and in her presence, you felt it."

"Alexa was filled with so much love and so much joy and so much life," said Cannon's friend, Sam Welch. "More people should be like Alexa. More people should have that love and that life and that joy, and share it with others."