Chase Carbone, president of UNC’s chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, of which Gage was a member, said a memorial service has been planned for Gage on Tuesday in Wilmington, his hometown.
“We offer our condolences to the Gage family in their time of grief,” Carbone said in a statement on behalf of the fraternity. “They are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Junior Sarah Chow, a friend of Gage’s, said in an email that his friends and family were the most important thing to him.
“He was an amazing person, but always thought he was right. He wasn’t, but everyone loved him for this. He would never give up what he was fighting for, which came through in trivial times like little arguments, but also showed through when he was supporting a friend. He always had a smile on his face; he was just an incredible friend.”
Sophomore Forrest Finch, a friend of Gage’s, said he was a fun-loving person with an endearing sense of humor.
“I know he loved his school, he loved his fraternity, he loved his friends,” Finch said.
“He really loved his friends.”
Finch said Gage distinguished himself as a happy person who was especially warm around his friends.
“He always included me in an exceptional way. Stedman always made an effort to be kind to me.”
Gage is the fourth UNC student to die unexpectedly this academic year. Chancellor Holden Thorp sent an email to the UNC community Saturday, extending his condolences.
“Please keep Stedman’s family and friends in your thoughts as we mourn this latest loss,” he said.
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