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U of I Student Killed in Crash

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:10 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA -- An emotional weekend at the University of Illinois.

Students and staff remembering Paul Davidson who was supposed to graduate from the University's School of Architecture yesterday, but he died in a motorcycle accident Friday night.

At Sunday's ceremony, Good Day's Kim Shine spoke with those close to Paul.

"Paul always sat in the front row in class. And was very attentive. But in addition to being an outstanding student, Paul was a very nice person."

Though his physical presence was missing, Paul Davidson III still graduated from the University of Illinois.

Paul, a senior in the school of architecture was killed Friday night after a woman hit his motorcycle at the intersection of Lincoln and University Avenues in Urbana.

"Paul was hard to miss. Not only because he was a big guy, but because he had a big heart too."

30 years old and a veteran, Paul transferred to U of I from the College of DuPage. As diplomas were given out, his former professor accepted Paul's degree in his honor.

Fellow graduate Al Oschner says he remembers Paul always making others laugh.

"He's not the kind of person you'd miss. He's always cracking a joke, making someoue laugh, just talking. He was always someone you bumped into and had a really, just nice conversation with."

And more than just a student, U of I Professor Abbas Aminmansour called Paul a friend.

"We chatted, we talked before class, after class we talked about different things and it's just totally unthinkable that this happened. So I'm still trying to comprehend what has happened."

That was Kim Shine reporting. Paul did have plans to attend grad school choosing between the University of Michigan and his Alma Mater.

But after a little prodding, Abass, Paul's former professor said he'd finally chosen U of I. He was to begin in the fall.

U of I Student Killed in Crash

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