Community remembers professor who was killed

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A final good-bye was held for a beloved professor who was shot and killed last Saturday. 61-year-old David Wilder was caught in the crossfire at 89th and Woodland. Three men were shooting at another car, killing Wilder and a 15 year-old boy in another car.

"He made us laugh. I will remember him through his artwork," said Nathan Wilder.

Nathan smiles as he remembers how loving and caring his uncle was.

"It's a tragic loss, but we're staying strong as a family and we are dealing with it together," added Wilder.

David Wilder taught art and art history at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and John Carroll University.  Nathan didn't believe it when he heard his uncle had been shot and killed.

"It's completely random. Can't explain it. It's hard to wrap your mind around it.  Two seconds one way or another, a traffic light before, maybe it misses him," Wilder said.

Three men have been arrested, 27 year-old Charles Walker, Terrell Gray and 29 year-old Kassius Williams. Nathan says the Wilder family is not holding onto anger for the shooters.

"Our hearts actually go out to those kids and their families because those kids are locked up, they could be for the rest of their lives. We are quick to forgive," explained Wilder.

Nathan was comforted by the crowd of about 200 who shared stories about how David had touched their lives.

"He loved education.  I will remember him for being a life-long student.  He had four or 5 masters degrees a partial Ph-D.  I think there's something to be said about someone who wants to better themselves through education," said Wilder.

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