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Joshua Hathaway, Liberty student fatally shot, remembered in Texas

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Services are planned in Texas this week for a Liberty University student who was fatally shot by a security officer.

According to Sanders Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas, the funeral for 19-year-old Joshua Tyler Hathaway will be held Tuesday at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock.

Hathaway was fatally shot last Tuesday at an off-campus women's dormitory at the Lynchburg school. University officials say a campus memorial service for Hathaway will likely take place after Thanksgiving.

According to a police affidavit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court, Hathaway told the security officer he had been robbed and his car had been stolen. As the security officer began investigating, Hathaway pulled out a hammer and began assaulting the officer in the dormitory's lobby before being shot.

"I still can't believe what happened," Sean Wong, one of Hathaway's two roommates, told The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1aPAC56) on Saturday.

The students shared a room across the street from where Hathaway died.

Wong said he last saw Hathaway about six hours before his death.

"It wasn't anything special," Wong said. "I just asked him about his day."

Wong recalled Hathaway saying his day had gone "pretty good" and that he needed to print some homework at a dorm computer lab.

Several hours later, Lynchburg detectives delivered the news to Wong that Hathaway had been shot.

According to a separate court affidavit, police investigators found bullets, a cartridge case and a "shot shell" during a search of Hathaway's room. Wong said he didn't know why those items were in the room and said investigators offered him very little information.

Liberty University prohibits firearms in residence halls but allows students with concealed-carry permits to carry them on campus.

The security officer, who wasn't identified, was treated at a hospital and released. The officer has been suspended with pay pending the completion of the investigation.

Wong doesn't know why Hathaway went across the street to the women's dorm. Hathaway didn't have a girlfriend or any close friends staying there and told Wong that he had little money and that relationships were too expensive, Wong said.

"There are still a lot of things I'm trying to figure out," Wong said.

As the school year began, Hathaway was "very quiet" and mostly kept to himself but was seen frequently talking on his cell phone, Wong said.

A few months into the semester, the pair became closer friends.

Wong described Hathaway as a Christian who didn't consume drugs or alcohol. Hathaway was the only one of the roommates with a car and often gave the others rides to the store, Wong said.

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