BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Family, friends, classmates and even strangers gathered Sunday afternoon to remember Paul Lee, who was shot and killed in the Seattle Pacific University shooting.
A funeral service for the 19-year-old Beaverton native began at 4 p.m. at Village Baptist Church, located at 330 SW Murray Boulevard in Beaverton.
Paul’s brother, Albert Lee, said Paul had a quite demeanor but expressed himself through music and dance.
“Even though Paul’s body on Earth has been laid to rest, his spirit lives on through each of us. I will cogitate on the life we shared until now. I cannot say that I have met a more genuine, loving, compassionate human being in my life,” said Albert Lee during Sunday’s service.
Paul’s family said his life was about helping others in need. Whether it was helping friends with schoolwork or volunteering at the Portland Rescue Mission, it was these selfless acts that loved ones said they will remember him for.
Lee graduated from Westview High School in 2013. He was killed when 26-year-old gunman Aaron Ybarra allegedly opened fire in a building at the small, private Christian university. Three others were wounded.
Lee’s family announced the Paul Lee Foundation in statements released last Thursday. The foundation aims to help those battling mental illness.
The family also thanked the community for the outpouring of support. They said that along with their faith is helping them through the grieving process.