CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - Community members gathered Wednesday at Thomas More College to remember the life of a fallen Marine.
Lance Cpl. Adam Peak died over the weekend in Afghanistan. He graduated from Thomas More in 2006.
"We never expect the young to die even when their work puts them in harms way," said Father Gerald Twaddell. "We expect every member of our military to return home safe, and when that doesn't happen we are shocked."
Peak was a member of the Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity RHO chapter, a Christian-based fraternity. Members attended Wednesday's mass wearing blue shirts.
"He was the epitome of what it was to be part of this fraternity. He was always there if you needed him," said Aaron Judd with Alpha Delta Gamma. "Just a great guy all around. Loved to have fun, did good in school and he wanted to serve his country. Unfortunately it turned out the way it did but we're thankful for the time we had with him."
The mass was deeply meaningful for those in attendance.
"This is unbelievable I can't say enough for what this community has done for our family , we just can't say enough," said Charlie Van Benschoten, Adam's uncle.
"I was very proud of Adam. He was serving his country, he was doing what he though was best to do," said Caleb Finch, one of Adam's fraternity brother. "I could ask no more of an individual that would do something like that especially a brother as close as I was with him."
The Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity is planning to establish a scholarship fund in Adam's name.
Official funeral arrangements are still pending.