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Murder victim left lasting impact at UT

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Every moment, every day, they think of Ryan.

"Everybody he met, he brought joy into their life. He just had a good heart," said Kevin McCall, the brother of Ryan McCall.

Ryan, the University of Tampa track star, was walking along the North Boulevard Bridge with a friend in 2009, when he was robbed and gunned down in the street.

His murder changed everyone on campus.

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"His legacy, his presence on the track, in the classroom, in our community as a student leader, there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about Ryan and the impact that he has left on our family," said UT Dean of Students Stephanie Russell Krebs.

Now, student orientation includes a strong warning from Tampa police and fellow students, who know first hand about the dangers off campus.

"They robbed us, it was the scariest experience I've ever had," said UT student Esteban Roman.

He helped Tampa police make a public service announcement after he was robbed on the way home from a party.

"It was about a mile away, so we decided to walk. I guess we were just being cheap. We didn't want to take a cab," he said.

Ryan McCall's story now serves as a warning, too.

"During freshman orientation they did tell us there had been a murder next to campus and that it was a student," sophomore Julianne Kessler said.

Kessler says students are told not to walk off campus, especially late at night and never walk alone.

"They wanted to make it very clear to us that there's a shuttle that comes to campus during the day and the campus security will drive you back if you call during the night," she said. "They really didn't want students walking over that bridge."

It's a message that's now repeated over and over throughout their college years, in memory of Ryan.

"We loved Ryan and we miss him every day," Krebs said.

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