Marquis Todd wanted basketball to be his life, friend says

Tyshae Wilson, 19, poses with Marquis Todd, 22/submitted photo

Students at William Penn University in Oskaloosa are still processing the death of Marquis Todd.

The 22-year-old basketball player was stabbed and killed late Thursday night.

His love resonates within many hearts this week.

"It's going to be sad not to have him pick us up, help us dunk in the gyms and stuff like that, but it's also a blessing because he made a big impact here," said William Penn freshman Tyshae Wilson.

Lifting them up on the court and in life. To Wilson, Todd was more than a friend. He was someone who stood by her after her brother's death.

"I didn't know anyone here but Marquis so he was there to help me through all of it," she said.

Wilson said Todd had big plans for the future; to travel, and play basketball overseas.

The night of the stabbing, Wilson said she rushed to the hospital to see Todd.

"We were just sitting and waiting, just sitting and waiting and then at 11:05, I got that call,” Wilson said. “They pronounced him dead."

Other friends are still in shock.

"We just didn't believe it because I had literally just seen him hours before he was taken from us," said William Penn junior Imani Welch.

A day later, Wilson said everyone at the varsity game felt Todd's love on the basketball court.

"That game," Wilson said. "If you were there, you would've felt it in the gym, literally."

She said a post-game memorial was exactly what this school needed...

" come together, let it all out together…and we all got to share moments out loud, we got laughs out of it," Wilson said.

A memorial fund has been set up to help Todd's family with funeral expenses. CLICK HERE to donate.

KTVO reached out to the Oskaloosa Police Department Tuesday for an update on potential suspects or arrests. Chief Jake McGee said no new information is being released at this time.

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