By Mark Ambrogi
Eric Meyer’s memorial drew teachers from elementary school to his Purdue professors.
“He touched so many people,” said Carmel High School assistant principal Amy Skeens-Benton, who witnessed the outpouring of affection from Meyer’s former instructors at the Jan. 16 memorial.
One constant from all their memories was Meyer’s kind nature and genuine concern for teachers and classmates.
Meyer, a 2013 CHS graduate and a Purdue student, died in his dorm room. According to his obituary, Meyer, 21, died “unexpectedly of natural causes” Jan. 10. Tippecanoe Coroner Donna Avolt’s statement ruled out foul play or suicide Jan. 13, adding it would be several weeks before toxicology reports are in.
“Eric had the biggest heart,” Skeens-Benton said. “His kindness and generosity did not go unnoticed by the students and staff at CHS. He was loved and adored by everyone who had the pleasure to know him. He loved his tie-dyed shirts. He always had a word of encouragement for a classmate or a positive quip to share.”
One CHS spring break Meyer even brought back a tie-dye shirt for Skeens-Benton, a gift she treasures.
“Eric Meyer was the nicest kid in high school,” CHS counselor Stephanie Payne said. “He was liked by all students. He touched the lives of everyone that he encountered with his smile and his kind words. He was genuine, and you knew he really cared when he asked you about your day. I feel so blessed to have been able to help influence his life in a positive way while he was in high school.”
CHS English teacher John Love described Meyer as an absolute joy to have in class.
“He had a wonderful sense of humor and was well respected by his peers,” Love said. “There are two things I will remember most about Eric — he had an infectious laugh and a killer collection of tie-dye shirts.”
Meyer had attended Mohawk Trails Elementary and Clay Middle School in Carmel. He graduated from high school with academic and technical honors. Meyer was studying geology at Purdue and was a member of the Geology Club. He loved bowling, playing cards, reading and video games.
Meyer is survived by his parents, Bryon and Kathy Meyer, and brothers, Kevin and Dylan.