Jerry Colyer was a long time employee for the Virginia Tech Recreation Department when he made a decision that would change his life. He graduated from Tech in 2005 with a degree in hospitality and tourism.
Colyer had held several positions with different hotels. At Virginia Tech, he was the assistant facility manager at McComas Hall, where he supervised the recreation and fitness facility.
A newborn baby meant he would move closer to family in Chesterfield County, and he wanted to become a hotel manager to provide for his young family.
But one simple night as a desk clerk this past September would leave relatives and friends wondering what happened. The 43-year-old Colyer was found dead behind the Econo Lodge front desk where he worked.
Police say he was killed by a lone gunman who shot and killed him. But this is where the story got even more confusing.
Colyer had handed over money to the robber without a fight.
So far, no one has been caught in the shooting, and police are still hoping for more information.
The robber was described as a male, wearing a red long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt, red brimmed hat and jeans.
Friends and fellow graduates do not want Colyer to be forgotten. On April 29, a basketball tournament to remember his spirit and love of life.
The Jerry Colyer Memorial Classic is set for third through 12th graders with adult divisions (men’s women’s and co-ed). The price is $150 per team.
Information can be reached by contacting D.J. Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 231-3681. Teams can register at: recsports.vt.edu/colyerclassic.