LATROBE (KDKA) – At 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, students at St. Vincent College stopped what they were doing and gathered at the Mary Mother of Wisdom Chapel to try to understand their loss.

“Abe was a kid that you only ever saw him smiling,” said Sports Information Director Jeff Zidek. “You hear people say that about people, but Abe was 100-percent genuine.”

Friends were important to 23-year-old Abe Sorek, a senior at St. Vincent majoring in communications.

Early Saturday morning, Abe was visiting with four long-time friends at a home in Erie. He was home for the weekend. Around 3 a.m., there was a gunshot and Abe was struck in the head – dying minutes later at a hospital.

“The person who told me about the shooting had been his roommate for the past five years,” said Lacrosse Coach Peter Tulk.

Tulk was Sorek’s Lacrosse coach on the “Bearcats” where he was a midfielder.

“He was an extremely hard worker,” Tulk said. “He was the one that would make the most of his talents.”

“Abe actually wanted to be involved in broadcasting behind the scenes,” said Zidek. “He wanted to run camera.”

Eter Hronis and his teammates practiced in Abe’s honor Saturday. The believed he would have wanted them to.

“We’re trying to cope with it the best we can,” said Hronis. “The whole lacrosse team and especially the St. Vincent community – we’re all there for each other, giving each other support.”

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