With tears falling from cheeks under the light of a near-full moon, more than 1,000 people stood in arms Wednesday night to pay tribute to Ted Agu, the 21-year-old, UC-Berkeley junior and defensive lineman who died suddenly last Friday morning during a routine training run.

In a mass of mourners that included his family from Bakersfield, Calif., faculty and football teammates, fraternity brothers from Omega Psi Phi, and hundreds from the Bay Area community, Agu was remembered as a fun-loving man who was rarely without a smile, who hoped to become a doctor and who gave more than he asked.

With no clear answers as to how his death came about, those in attendance had to grasp both with how to move forward while honoring the man known affectionately both as Gugu, Sleepy T, and Pre-Med Ted.

Scheduled for 7 p.m., the service on Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, adjacent to Memorial Stadium on the Cal campus, was delayed 30 minutes so the Agu family could arrive in time after the four-hour drive from Bakersfield.

As they grew closer, the crowd gathered in relative silence. An older woman in a Cal hoodie was sniffling with her box of tissues in hand. The sky was black and the lights pocketing the rim of the stadium gave off some light, but many still wore sunglasses to cover their teary eyes.

Cal athletes and cheerleaders stood silently straight-away in the back, while the Elden String Quartet played funereal staples atop the dais in front -- a somber, cello-driven version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, for example -- all as Agu’s smiling portrait was projected onto the stadium’s bricked facade.

A contingent consisting of members from Agu’s fraternity, his family, and the Cal football team arrived en masse from one of the lower stairways, through the throng of dozens lined up to sign the memory book aside the stage, and the tributes to his life began in earnest.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour spoke of how she’d been at the same university function as him late last week, a day before he died, and how he was “so many things to so many people.” Speaking in slow, measured words, she foreshadowed the night’s proceedings, how “we’re going to hear, in all the voices, the pain of his loss,” and how “Ted made everyone he touched better.”

Next was coach Sonny Dykes, who gave Agu, a walk-on for two seasons, a football scholarship in March, four months after he took over the program from Jeff Tedford.