Luke Vincent is defined by friends to have been a fun-loving, well-liked man, always looking for a party.
“I’ve known Luke pretty much all my life, like 12 years total,” said Matt Brinker, a WMU student who went to grade school with Vincent. “We’ve always lived nearby, always within walking distance.”
Brinker said he was completely shocked when he found out about his friend’s death, and that he would miss him and his spontaneous tendencies tremendously.
“There was a book by a guy named Tucker Max called ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” said Brinker.” “It’d be like 3 or 4 a.m. and he’d burst in my room when I was trying to sleep and read the book with voices and imaginary co-stars and everything.”
Brinker said this type of behavior was not out of the ordinary for Vincent.
According to a statement from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, last Sunday, Vincent was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend when his roommate, Brian Peterson, 34, attempted to intervene by hitting him in the head with a barbell. According to preliminary autopsy reports, Vincent’s death was a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Following his death, Vincent’s family released a short statement authored by Vincent’s father on Tuesday, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. In the statment, Vincent’s father thanked the public for its love and prayers and asked for privacy in his family’s time of grief.
Visitation for Vincent was held Thursday at the Wickel Funeral Home in Otsego.
According to the online obituary, Vincent was employed at Finishmaster as a driver and shop worker. He enjoyed playing guitar, animals and playing sports.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Otsego United Methodist Church, located 207 East Allegan St. in Otsego.
The website allows friends and family to state their condolences to the family of the deceased.
“Luke was one of those guys who instantly put a smile on everyones face when he walked in the door. He always addressed my dad by Mr. Brown and was just an all around good guy. His big heart and even bigger smile will continue to live on through everyone he’s touched,” said WMU student Aaron Brown on the website.
Friends and family tweeted their thoughts and prayers for Vincent’s family and posted memorial messages on his Facebook wall.
“Damn it Boomhower, I never thought I could miss the smell of those damn cigarettes. I wish you could’ve seen how many people came to your viewing tonight. It’s beyond amazing all the people you brought together,” said Nakita Farmer, a Kalamazoo resident, on Vincent’s Facebook wall. “You’re a celebrity and one hell of a man. I’ll never meet someone like you, who truly lives life to the fullest, enjoys every second, every moment, and every laugh. Thanks for teaching me how to embrace moments that become memories.”
Friends of Vincent also shared their memories and thoughts about him on Twitter.
— Nicole Wahmhoff (@psnikkilovesyou) October 26, 2012
— Tracy Perkins (@tracepants) October 24, 2012