NASHVILLE, TN - A Vanderbilt business student is honored at a memorial service after being killed in Tel Aviv.
A somber tribute to Taylor Force.
Force was one of several people stabbed during an attack in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
Force served in the U.S. Army after graduating West Point.
He completed two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He'd come to the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt as a first year masters student in business.
One by one, his professors came forward Friday.
They had nothing but praise for the 28-year-old, calling him dedicated, driven and a member of the Vanderbilt family.
"He embodied real leadership, courage, humility, intelligence, openness and vulnerability and taught others what it meant to enact it,” Tim Vogue, an associate professor at Vanderbilt, said.
"Even now Taylor's still bringing people together. Whether it’s Owen to West Point, Kentucky to Texas and even from the US to Israel and that's just how Taylor would have wanted it,” Andrea Smith, a friend of Force, said.
Mark Cohen, a Vanderbilt professor, said, "I would have been proud to call him my son or perhaps more important...my son in law."
"My heart aches for Taylor's parents Stuart and Robbie, for his sister Kristen, for his entire family. Nothing affects me more as a professor, as a parent and as your chancellor than the loss of one of our students. For they are my children and our family,” Nicholas Zeppo, the Vanderbilt Chancellor, said.
Vanderbilt has announced the establishment of a scholarship in Force's honor for military graduates attending the Owen’s Graduate School of Management.