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Lukus Glenn memorial: He touched a lot of people

About 600 people filled the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High Saturday for Glenn's memorial
by: Jonathan House, A COMMUNITY MOURNS — Frank Geske, Portland State University football coach and former Tigard High football coach, talks about the loss of Lukus Glenn during a memorial service Saturday at Tigard High’s Deb Fennell Auditorium.

TUALATIN - As Frank Geske stood on the stage at Deb Fennell Auditorium Saturday, his figure illuminated by the bright stage lights, he paused.

'I'm glad I can't see the faces out there,' he said, choking up as he looked into the darkened auditorium filled with 600 friends, family members and community members gathered to remember Lukus David Glenn. Geske, a former Tigard High football coach now a coach at Portland State University, remembered the first time Luke stepped out onto the football field.

'(He) made a 45-yard field goal and everyone instantly loved him,' Geske said. 'You wouldn't be here if Luke did not impact your life.'

On Sept. 16, two Washington County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed 18-year-old Lukus Glenn outside his Metzger home. The deputies were responding to a 9-1-1 call placed by Luke's mother, Hope Glenn, who reported that her son was threatening to harm himself and others with a knife.

The deputies have since been placed on routine leave while an investigation into the shooting is completed. The incident has left the community in shock.

'A lot of good things happen here and that makes it harder to be here for what we're here for,' said Pastor Rick Vogt, who led Saturday's memorial service.

Some at the memorial traded their traditional black mourning attire for white T-shirts that read 'Hope' in big letters and underneath read 'Help Officers Peacefully Enforce.'

Money from the sale of the T-shirts, according to students, will be given to local police departments to help fund additional crisis training for police officers.

Members of the Oregon Soccer Academy's Striker team, which is coached by Hope Glenn, stood at the doors of the auditorium Saturday nodding to the mostly young faces that filtered into the somber setting.

The lulled chatter of the audience ceased once the lights were turned down. The silence was only broken occasionally by the sounds of muffled crying or laughter in response to a story remembering the young Tigard High graduate.

Bernie Fagan, OSA president, remembered Luke as 'a very kind person' with a 'gentle nature.'

'He touched a lot of people in his young life,' Fagan said.

At the end of the service Vogt added, 'Luke was obviously a good man. Hope and Brad did a good job (raising him). We're sorry that the process was cut short.'

Former Tigard High teacher Scott Gilsdorf spoke briefly about Luke - his notorious reputation for always running late, his propensity for sharing chips and salsa with his teachers and peers and compassionate qualities of generosity and friendship.

And as Gilsdorf ended his thoughts, he urged the crowd, 'Keep (Luke's) spirit and those dimples shining.'