University gathers to honor Gatto

Nadia Dreid

Students gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil held in honor of Georgia Southern University student Michael Gatto. The event, organized by Dean of Students Patrice Jackson and Gatto’s friends Mackenzie Heber and Matthew Cira, drew over 100 students.

Heber and Cira spoke about their friendship with Gatto and played a video of Gatto’s former high school classmates rallying in his name. Notecards were distributed for students and faculty to write messages of support, which will be given to Gatto’s parents.

Students lit candles in the Rotunda and shared their favorite memories of Gatto.