HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- The lives lost in the shooting at UA-Huntsville left a void in the biology department. The staff left behind is now working to make sure their legacy lives on both in the lab and in the classroom.
Dr. Debra Moriarity recalls how students always turned to Dr. Adrielle Johnson for guidance.
"One of the biggest things we lost with Adrielle was his amazing ability to mentor the students, to ask them the hard questions about what they wanted to do with their lives, for the students, that wanted to go into health professions," said Dr. Moriarity.
Dr. Leland Cseka said Dr. Gopi Podilla was his teacher, counselor, and friend.
"He was my mentor for a long time. He helped me get into graduate school," said Dr. Cseka. "I knew him so long, he was almost like a father."
"He tried to put value into what you do...this is something that keeps us coming to work," he added.
Dr. Cseka was also close to Dr. Maria Ragland-Davis, and will always think of her when he sees a tree, flower, or strawberry.
"She would always park and have a flower with her and show it to me..."
He knows how he wants to keep her legacy alive. He wants to create memorial garden.
"My concept of the garden would provide a place to have a quite place to reflect," said Dr. Cseka.