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Murfreesboro police are working to solve the murder of a Middle Tennessee State University student.
Mikal Shakir, 20, was found shot to death at his Bradyville Pike apartment Monday afternoon.
Those close to Shakir said he had an infectious smile that could light up a room.
"The one thing that stood out most about him is his spirit and his smile," said friend Carlson Randolph. "Mikal was the type person who always asked, 'How are you doing,' before you asked him."
Randolph met Shakir during his sophomore year.
"To hear something this tragic happening to him, it's devastating," Randolph said.
Randolph said it never crossed his mind that Shakir, who was a junior at MTSU, would be the person police found robbed and killed at the Stones Creek Apartments.
"The reason it hit hard for me is because I realized that it could have been any one of us," Randolph said.
"It could have been my brother, one of my roommates or me."
Friends and fellow students held a candlelight vigil Tuesday in Shakir's honor at Peck Hall on the MTSU campus.
"I didn't just want his death to be something that people just talked about on social media sites and it be forgotten next week," Randolph said.
Randolph said he hates his friend will not be able to live out his dream of becoming a college graduate.
"I remembered we were sitting around talking about how we were going to graduate and move out of the city and do big things with our lives," Randolph said.
Police haven't released many details about the investigation but say they are working hard to solve the case.
"Anytime there is a loss of life, not only is the family grieving, so is the community," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans. "It's something that affects everybody; therefore we treat it as the most serious type of crime."
Students said the MTSU community is devastated by this tragedy.
"He did touch not only me in his life, but others as well," Randolph said.
Murfreesboro police ask anyone who has information that would be helpful in solving this murder to call detectives at 615-893-2717 or Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867. You could receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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