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Friends remember former EKU student killed in fight

Friends say he was a well-liked guy and great athlete.

Sadly, over the weekend Bryan Stevenson's life was tragically, cut short.

Police in Louisville say Stevenson was beaten to death after getting in a fight with four men outside a Louisville restaurant.

Now, friends of the EKU graduate are speaking out about their loss.

Friends say he had just finished playing in a softball tournament in Louisville and had stopped to grab a bite to eat when the trouble started.

Witnesses say 4 men were giving Stevenson's teammates a hard time and that's when he jumped in to help.

Ironically, the 26-year-old's team was called the Good Guys and friends say that's exactly what the star athlete was.

"He was a guy who would stand up for his teammates no matter what."

Nick Barte has known the Independence native for years.

The two played together on the Eastern Kentucky baseball team after Stevenson transferred his senior year.

"I actually lived with Bryan his senior year in an apartment. We always did everything together. He was like my brother."

Stevenson was a scholarship player who played for two years as a right-fielder, leading them to a championship in 2005.

"He was a wonderful teammate. He was always, the leader of the pack when it comes to cheering along. He had a different saying every week that would get us going. I think we won 11 games in a row in the OVC and he kept that going. He called us the Express."

Barte says Stevenson has been living in the Toldeo Ohio area selling machinery.

On Wednesday, the Good Guys are skipping their regular league night, they're instead, gathering together to remember their friend.

Donald Hays, David Pryor, Justin Werner and William Schindler of Louisville are all charged with murder.

Police say they also face assault charges for injuring Stevenson's teammate.


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