Family and loved ones are sharing memories of the Radford University student who police say was stabbed to death by her roommate Thursday.
Alexa Cannon was from Roanoke and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. The senior minister there, Dr. George Anderson says the news of her passing is hitting him, her family, and the entire church community hard.
“If I, speaking for the family, if I could point out one defining characteristic of Alexa, it was her empathetic heart,” said Dr. Anderson, who’s been the minister for 21 years and has known Cannon since she was born, and even baptized her.
“Alexa was a very positive person, a very brave person, Who really wanted to experience life and move forward. When she was young she was diagnosed with epilepsy and she had to deal with occasional seizures all her life. But instead of making her want to stay out of the public eye or stay at home, she didn’t let it get in her way to do anything.”
News broke Thursday of Cannon’s death Thursday and her alma mater, Patrick Henry High School held a moment of silence for her at their girls’ basketball game Friday night.
A faculty member saying, ” Alexa was tragically taken from this earth yesterday. And we ask you to keep her family and her friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
Her family says they don’t want her to be remembered by that tragic event, but for the strong young woman, she was.
“They’re glad Alexa was in their lives and they want to preserve the best memories of who she was. And they want that life to be celebrated because they’re going to carry Alexa with them for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Goerge said.
Dr. George also says the family is a family of faith, they fully believe Alexa is in God’s grasp and will not be let go.
Church leaders say the church will have a candlelight vigil for Cannon Saturday night at 7 p.m. open to all who knew and loved her and her family.