WALESKA, Ga. - Family, friends and students gathered Wednesday afternoon to remember Quentin Moses, a former NFL linebacker and University of Georgia football player killed in a house fire over the weekend.
A "Celebration of Life" service took place on the Reinhardt University campus in northern Georgia where Moses was an assistant football coach. It was his first coaching job after his NFL career.
The memorial began shortly after Reinhardt football players left white carnations in a vase as they entered the room. The football players called Moses "Coach Q."
"Good game, Coach Q." said Reverend Timothy Emmett of Waleska United Methodist Church. "You played your heart out. Now, you may rest with Jesus."
Moses, his 31-year-old friend Andria Godard and her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine Godard, died in a fire Sunday morning in Monroe.
FOX 5 has learned when Moses' best friend from high school, Xavier Godard, accidentally drowned in 2007, he promised to take care of Andria, and the couple’s baby girl Jasmine.
Loved ones said Moses, 33, died trying to keep that promise.
“He did everything he said he was gonna do. He loved them like family. They were so close,” said Louise Gober.
Gober is Andria’s grandmother and Jasmine’s great-grandmother. She was not surprised to hear Moses lost his life trying to save the mother and little girl from their burning home.
Moses was a former defensive end for the Georgia Bulldogs and played four seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 2007-2010 as a linebacker.
Reinhardt's leadership team is also establishing a scholarship fund in Moses' name to benefit student-athletes at the school. Contributions can be made through the Office of Advancement or mailed to 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA, 30183.