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Joe Hart, Thomas Family Friend: "Taylor was a very quiet, intelligent kid."

Frances Mitchelson, Thomas Family Friend: "He really worked hard at everything he did. He pushed my son to be a better person. My husband considered him like another son."

Friends and family have fond memories of Taylor Thomas -- the 20-year old PSU student, Eagle Scout, and lifelong resident of the area was shot and killed during a robbery, October 9th.

Connor Smith, Boy Scout: "A lot of people were definitely shocked whenever we first heard it. Especially at school. It was just a quiet day."

Hart: "I think any time you lose a child, and in that particular manner, it's just double tough."

Mitchelson: "Well it devastated the community. To think a tragedy like this could happen in Pittsburg, Kansas. To happen to a 20-year old kid who had everything in the world going for him."

But with the devastating loss, those closest to the Thomas family are saying it's important to create something positive out of this tragic situation. 

The Knights of Columbus held a pancake feed in the St Mary's Activity Center, collecting donations for the Taylor Thomas Scholarship Fund. 

It will assist graduates of St. Mary's-Colgan High School, where Thomas graduated in 2012.

Mitchelson: "I think it's important to get something positive out of this. A; so that people who come after us will remember Taylor."

Local boy scouts even volunteered to to help with the pancake feed.

Smith: "Taylor always wanted to help people. So we need to keep doing what he liked to do and help the community. You can't just go on being sad about it. You got to remember him and go along doing what he did."

Mitchelson: "A young life was taken away. But we can hopefully make other lives better through this scholarship."

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