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Community comes together to remember student shot, killed near MSU

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan community is remembering a young man shot and killed near Michigan State University's campus over the weekend.

The shooting happened Friday night in East Lansing's Cedar Village.

Barry County native Dominique Nolff, a 20-year-old Middleville resident, died.

Nolff's roommate was also injured.

Understandably it is a very tough time for the Thornapple-Kellogg School District, from which Nolff graduated in 2012.

There are still students attending the school who knew Nolff.

Grief counselors were made available Monday for any students and staff who wanted to talk about a young man who the district said had a magnetic personality.

Varsity boys basketball coach Mike Rynearson says he had just one season with Nolff, his senior year, but that the young man known as DJ left his mark.

"He had a magnetic personality; students, classmates, teachers, they were drawn (to) his smile, his laughter; he was very outgoing," Rynearson said.

The coach added that he and Nolff kept in touch after the young man graduated, and that he heard from him right around Christmas, but that was the last time.

"I knew it was a tragedy, and our whole community here at TK was going to be touched by it," said Rynearson.

Now, they can only look back and remember the impact that Nolff left on the school.

He was on both the football and basketball teams, and Rynearson says he was one of the most athletic players he ever coached, but never put the focus on himself.

He says Nolff was a player who rallied around his team when they needed it most, and now he says they'll do the same for Nolff's family.

"We all loved him and, you know, we'll all rally around his family and help them get through this," Rynearson said.

Nolff's brother understandably told Newschannel 3 he wasn't ready to talk on camera just yet, but said that he is bothered by rumors flying about the shooting.

He says his brother was not into drugs, and wasn't into gangs, adding that while DJ knew the shooter, he doesn't think he knew the shooter that well.

Nolff's brother claims the shooter tried to rob DJ Of electronics and money and started shooting.

Meanwhile, East Lansing Police say they do not have a suspect in custody and they are still trying to piece together a motive.

A fundraiser has been set up for Friday at the Thornapple-Kellogg home basketball game against Hastings.

The proceeds will help Nolff's family with funeral costs.

In addition, the Applebee's restaurant in Hastings is donating money to the family, saying that anyone can stop by before or after the game.

For those who may not follow high school sports, Middleville and Hastings are major rivals, but both communities are coming together to support Nolff and his family in this difficult time.