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Hundreds gather to remember Andrew Smith

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 17, 2016

Hundreds of people gathered for Andrew Smith's celebration of life Sunday. 

The former Butler basketball star died Tuesday at the age of 25 after a two year battle with cancer. 

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A service for Smith was held at the Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown Sunday at 5:00 p.m. 

One of the speakers was his former coach and current Celtics coach, Brad Stevens. 

"Nobody could have packed more meaningfulness into 25 years than Andrew Smith. It's impossible to do. And we all have our own memories about him, but what I'll remember most are those things we talked about his freshman year. He never complained, he was always a great teammate, he tried to help everybody else live a little bit better. And he taught us all how to prepare well for our time. You did well, big fella," he said. 

In addition to the memorial service Sunday, many gathered to honor Smith at the Butler basketball game Saturday.

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Before tip-off, a video highlighting Andrew played on the big screen. The Bulldogs sported a new patch on their jersey to celebrate Andrew.

But perhaps the most emotional part of the game came at halftime, when Andrew's wife, Samantha, spoke to the crowd.

"We were supposed to be here together. And I'm not here because it's easy, it's really hard, but I'm here because it was important to him to know that you all knew how thankful we were for you guys, are for you guys. Not just thank you for today, I'll get to that, but thank you for the past two years," she said. 

After Butler won, Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann presented the game ball to Andrew Smith's dad, Curt Smith. 


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