Alumnus killed on St. Charles by driver
Published: Friday, August 24, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2012 18:08
As the school year begins, the Loyola community remembers Matthew Chuey, a business senior who was killed Thursday, July 26 when hit by a car.
The Times-Picayune stated that Chuey was walking a friend home at 3 a.m. when he stepped onto the corner of Toledano Street, where a driver struck him.
According to the police report, Chuey survived the accident, but died eight hours later at Interim LSU Public Hospital.
Despite his unexpected death, friends and family were able togather for a memorial.
“I don’t think there’s one person
he didn’t click with,” said Katie Gilmore, psychology junior.
Gilmore, one of Chuey’s friends, spoke at his memorial on Aug. 10.
Gilmore shared the story of how she made Chuey a Twitter account. She said that he thought it was like a journal at first and would start everything with “Dear Tweet,” until she told him exactly how to use it.
One of his favorite tweets, Gilmore said, was “Don’t judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you’re a mile away and still have their shoes.”
Over 100 people showed up at Chuey’s memorial.
One of his professors, Len Trevino, gave a speech about how much of an impact his former student had on him.
Jason Ellis A’11, one of Chuey’s friends and classmates, said that watching Trevino get emotional wasn’t something he was used to seeing.
“Trevino was always a clean-cut businessman, but he really showed a softer side of himself at the funeral,” Ellis said.
Ellis first met Chuey in 2007 when the two of them took a freshman business communications class together.
“He knew how to network and work the crowd,” he said. “The majority of people I’ve met have been through Chuey.”
According to Ellis, Chuey sent him a text message a few hours before the accident, but Ellis thought he could just send a response in the morning.
“If I needed to ask him for money, he was there. If I needed some extra Wolfbucks, he was there. If I needed someone to talk to, he was there. He was an all- around good friend,” Ellis said.
Alex Davis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org