May 15, 2007
For Liberty University sophomore Trevor Rasberry, the news of Reverend Falwell's death strikes a deep nerve.
"For the past 19 years, he's been every Sunday, every Wednesday, Sunday night," said Rasberry.
Rasberry grew up with the eccentric evangelist at Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church. Now he attends the conservative Liberty University, one of Falwell's lasting legacies.
"It's just really sad. We attended a memorial service, and it seems like everyone is crying. Everyone feels connected to Jerry Falwell," said Liberty University sophomore Clay Lindner.
As word of his sudden death spread across campus today, confusion and disbelief followed.
"We didn't know whether to believe if that was true, what they were saying, because with the media and other people not caring for Jerry, you don't know if they were trying to make it worse than it actually was. So then when they called the official announcement, everyone sombered up and realized it was more serious than the attacks he had a couple years ago," said Liberty University junior Christi Rabenhorst.
Reverend Falwell maintained a high level of interaction with students attending his university, speaking to them every Wednesday at convocation.
His one piece of advice: focus on b-hags, those big hairy audacious goals that he was known for.
"If he was the one that holds everything together, you wonder if the same spirit will be here at Liberty now that he's gone," said Rabenhorst.