Vigil for USA student, Christopher Thomas, to be held

Students, faculty, and staff at the University of South Alabama are holding a vigil Tuesday night honoring the memory of a student who died Saturday.

21-year-old Christopher Thomas died March 15th.

Thomas, 21, of Dothan, Ala., passed away on March 15.

He was a political science major and an active campus leader.

Campus officials said they don’t know the cause of death, but there were no signs of foul play.


Members of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity set up a table Tuesday in front of the South Alabama Student Center to collect donations to help Thomas’s family pay for expenses.

Chelsey Wilbish said she’s known Thomas from elementary school in Dothan, and both came to Mobile to attend USA.

When asked how she had heard about what had happened to Thomas, Wilbish said,  “I got a lot of calls that morning from the e-mails that the campus sent out.  It woke me up, the e-mails, talking about what had happened. “

Wilbish said Thomas had special qualities.

She said, “He was a fun person.  He was definitely a student leader.”


The Tuesday night vigil will be held at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza honoring Thomas’s memory.

Its sponsored by Phi Kappa Sigma, Jaguar Productions, and the Student Government Association.


On Saturday morning, some students said they say knew something was wrong when they saw emergency vehicles outside their dorm.

One student said,  “I figured something wasn’t right.”

Later came official word that a student had died.

Mobile Police and Fire-Rescue officials were unable to revive Thomas.

Chelsey Wilbish said she plans to attend the on-campus vigil.

Wilbish said, “I know a lot of people are going to miss him because he was always smiling whenever you saw him.”


Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity members will be accepting donations from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., March 18-20, to help the family with expenses. Those interested in making contributions should stop by the following areas on USA’s main campus:

  • The Humanities Courtyard
  • Recreation Center
  • The Dining Hall near the residential hall areas
  • The Student Center near the USA Bookstore

Donations can also be sent by clicking here.

For more information about donations, e-mail Phi Kappa Sigma Treasurer Zach Charlton at

The Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity will also collect photos of Christopher Thomas at the vigil. A memory book will be created for the family. Photos can also be e-mailed to

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