Memorial for Michael Motte

By Christel Phillips - bio | email

NACGODOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Stephen F. Austin University Student Center was filled with hundreds of friends, faculty and staff--- everyone that loved Michael Motte. A memorial service was held Thursday night to honor and remember the life of a young man that many described as a great leader, father and friend.

The former SFA football player was robbed, shot and killed early Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Nacogdoches Barbeque restaurant.

With the numerous hugs and tears, it was obvious Michael touched many lives and he will truly be missed. One person spoke of Michael as being quote, "Valuable to God."

The SFA Lumberjacks football team honored their teammate that gave so much of himself to help the team. Thursday night's memorial  was organized by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity that which Motte was a member of and served as president. They too saw him as their brother that was always giving of himself and trying to help others... putting them first and himself last.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member, Quinton Stewart, remembers Motte all too well, he said, "Any problems I had he kind of made my problems his problems. It was like one of us went through, all of us went through. He {Michael Motte} had a big heart, he would open up to everybody."

SFA Football Chaplin, Mike "Soul Coach" Thomas said Motte was a great help when it came to motivating his teammates spiritually. "He helped me with chapel services, he helped organize prayer things. He was very helpful in what I did, he believed  in what I did he supported me fully and he loved me and I loved him," said Thomas.

Friends said Motte would tell them,  "Remember we live once, and while we are on Earth live life to the fullest." Many believe that is what he did.

Funeral services for Michael Motte will be held on July 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.

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