Colleagues honor Bronx native killed in Amtrak crash

Colleagues are taking the time to reflect on the life of an educational pioneer in New York City who was among those killed in Tuesday's Amtrak derailment.

Derrick Griffith, who was originally from the Bronx, worked as a dean of student affairs and enrollment at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn since 2011.

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening on the college campus.

Those who knew the 42-year-old say they will always remember his selfless dedication to helping others.

The school's president, Dr. Rudy Crew, spoke publicly about Griffith. He vowed that the school will find a way to keep his spirit present.

Griffith also founded the transitional CUNY Prep High School in the Bronx.

He leaves behind his mother and a 23-year-old son.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."