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Oakwood Mourns Passing of Student Carvell Goodlow


“It’s time to embrace everything God has placed inside of me for his glory. People won’t understand but I must live for him.” —Carvell Goodlow, August 15, 1998 – September 16, 2018

On September 16, 2018, Oakwood University student Carvell Goodlow was shot and killed at an off-campus location. In a special video announcement about Goodlow’s death, Dr. Les Pollard, president of Oakwood, described him as a bright spirit on campus with a bright future before him. The entire Oakwood community is devastated and heartbroken by the news, said Pollard.

Goodlow was from the Detroit, Michigan area, which is in the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

According to the official press release from Oakwood University (see below), OUPD officers and the Huntsville Police Department are working a joint investigation and “will find and bring to swift justice the suspect in the murder of our student Carvell Goodlow.”

Watch a Message from the President on the Carvell Goodlow Tragedy:

In addition to the message by President Pollard, Oakwood has also published, “In His Words,” a video tribute to Carvell Goodlow with quotes from his life and walk with God.

Watch “In His Words”:

A memorial service for Goodlow was held on September 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm at the Oakwood University Church. 

A fundraising campaign has been set up on Facebook to help assist Goodlow’s family with burial costs.


Oakwood University Press Release:



Alisa Williams is managing editor of

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