Fraternity members say, slain founder was a beacon of light

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“It’s great loss for the fraternity and myself as a member.”

Members of Upsilon Phi Upsilon are dealing with the loss of one of their founding fathers. A man they say, was a beacon of light.

“He was very upbeat, very jolly and happy, um, known for dancing and known for being very, very talented. He was a jack of all trades” said Cliff Nichols, Former Vice President of Upsilon Phi Upsilon.

Last week, Chedrick Golphin, 44, was found shot to death. His body was discovered inside of a car along Lanier Drive. Fraternity member Cliff Nichols said, when he heard the news, he couldn’t believe a man who meant so much was gone.

“It was a hard pill to swallow, I didn’t want to believe it. It’s been a hard process ever since we heard.”

Golphin was a member of the New Roads Police Department, active in his church and a proud father. A week later, the family is still processing what is now their reality. In a statement the mother of his kids said, “while preparing for a funeral, I’m trying to keep our children from falling apart.”

“It’s something we’re going to have to deal with and cope with and it’s going to be a very hard process” said Nichols.

Left with fond memories of a musician, family man and friend. Nichols said, they are now planning to honor the rich legacy Golphin helped create and left so soon.

“A lot of remembering we have a big celebration to do um, a special tribute to the founders.”

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