Remembering Derrick Ammons


Arrangements have been made for Derrick Ammons, a student who was killed Saturday on I-75.

Visitation is open to family and friends from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Chapel Of The Chimes Funeral Home in Westland. A celebration of life is at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Middlebelt Baptist Church in Inkster.

Ammons, 21, was a criminal justice student, member of Alpha Phi Omega and active on the Club Dodgeball team.

Ammons was struck by two northbound vehicles after crashing his 1999 Plymouth Breeze crashed into a concrete divider on I-75 in Bay County at about 11 p.m. Authorities said he had left his vehicle and was walking against traffic when he was struck.

“Derrick was a great brother and friend,” said Tyler Sears, Alphi Phi Omega president.

“He was the kind of guy that was always smiling and that was infectious to those around him,” Sears said. “He was dedicated to helping others and passionate about life. He was an all around good guy and will be missed by us all.”

Members of the dodgeball team agreed.

“He played for the last several years. He played and traveled last fall” said Max Siler, captain of the team. “He was always the kid who was constantly smiling and laughing. Even at practice when things got serious, he was mellow and laughing. He really had a personality that you wanted to be around.”

Assistant professor of English Kim Lacey had Ammons in her English 202 Detective Fiction course.

“In class, he was always smiling and having a good time–he definitely brightened the classroom! Derrick was an incredibly smart student, too!”

Lacey said she was shocked when she heard the news from his girlfriend, Ashleigh Moore.

“It’s a devastating loss, and my thoughts go to his family and friends,” Lacey said.

Sunday, students he knew painted The Spirit Rock on campus in his honor.