A former Maple Grove High School student died over the weekend after a shooting at his apartment near the Michigan State University campus.
Dominique Nolff, 20, died Saturday morning of multiple gunshot wounds about 12 hours after the Friday night shooting at the Cedar Village apartment complex. His roommate, 20-year-old Corbin Holwerda, was also shot ;however, he was been treated and released from the hospital.
East Lansing police released a vague description of the suspect, and said the shooting "does not appear to be a random act."
"I'm 20 years old, having to bury my best friend," Joe Eng told Fox 9 News. "I can't comprehend it."
Looking back on pictures of happier times, Eng said he remembers a bond of brotherhood he built with Nolff.
"My family was basically his second family," Eng said. "He was always around -- did everything together."
Nolff played football and basketball at Maple Grove before finishing high school in Middleville, Mich., in 2012. He died just blocks away from the university where he was currently studying.
"There are no words adequate to describe the tragedy of losing one so young to a senseless act of gun violence," said East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett. "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dominique Nolff."
Michigan State University is offering counseling resources to any student affected by the incident.
Witnesses say there was blood found on the door and walls, which were riddled with bullet holes; however, police are not releasing a possible motive. Friends and family members believe it was a robbery attempt that went bad.
"From what I know, he put up a fight," Eng said. "DJ didn't let anyone push him around. If someone would come in here right now, he would be the first person to step in front and take control of the situation and try to be the hero."
In a way, Nolff did become a hero in death. His organs were donated, and Eng said that gift has already saved multiple lives.
"He would have his chin up, chest out, smiling," Eng said.
Now, Eng is trying to adjust his plans for the future. He kept in touch regularly with his beloved friend, and the two hoped to leave near each other again.
"There's a lot I'm going to miss out on, but I'm a religious person," Eng said. "I believe he's with me everyday. I gained a guardian angel. I will see him someday -- just maybe not in this life."