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Thousands pay respect to Tyler Trent during his celebration of life

Tyler Trent inspired and captivated a whole country and Tuesday night he was laid to rest at his celebration of life.

Posted: Jan. 9, 2019 12:38 AM
Updated: Jan. 9, 2019 6:04 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Tyler Trent inspired and captivated the entire country, and Tuesday night he was laid to rest at his Celebration of Life.

College Park Church in Indianapolis hosted thousands of Tyler's nearest friends and those who were inspired by his story.

"Almost everything I know today is because of Tyler," said Tyler's 18-year-old brother Blake Trent. "Whenever I'm making a decision or I feel like I'm wrong about something I think what would Tyler want."

"We're lucky if we can bring one to Jesus, said Tyler's uncle Todd Trent. "He has brought millions of people, and that's an inspiration to me." Todd Trent, an inspector with the Lafayette Fire Department, spoke on behalf of the Trent family Tuesday.

Family, childhood friends, roommates, politicians, sports personalities and so many more told stories about his tremendous impact. Purdue Quarterback David Blough has spent many days over the past few months with his friend Tyler. He was proud to be one of Tyler's co-captains. 

"Whether it was an encouraging text he sent with scripture, one of his favorite sermons, his willingness to share his powerful testimony or by those three verses he lived by in 1 Thessalonians, it was evident who he belonged to and who he lived for," said Blough.

Tyler's brothers shared their favorite memory of their best friend.

"When I think about Tyler I just remember the way the lit every single room up," said Blake. 

"He made a character on Minecraft called Bob the Tomato, and I was like 'I want to be like Tyler', so I made my own person on Minecraft named Larry the Cucumber because I want to be just like Tyler," said Tyler's 13-year-old brother Ethan.

Tyler said everyone has a story and there just need to be people in this world willing to listen to that story. One of his closest confidants, his uncle, always listened.

"It was always a joy to just listen to what he had to say because it always made sense," said Todd.

In a video testimony filmed before he died, Tyler said trust your faith. His legacy lives on and will never fade. He had a faith so strong that #TylerStrong was accompanied by Thessalonians 5:16-18. It says, "Rejoice always, Pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances."

"Tyler was special because God gave him the pursuit of a platform to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ," said Todd Trent. "And Tyler did it beautifully."

"When we watched how our cousin faced some of the greatest challenges a person can face in their life, there's one thing we were not -- we were never surprised," said Tyler's cousin Aaron Crull. "Because the way the Tyler crushed and embarrassed cancer was just Tyler being Tyler."

Tyler's legacy continues Wednesday night with a candlelight memorial. outside of Hovde Hall at Purdue at 6 p.m. 

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