'He Deserves Way Better': Friend Remembers Umpqua Community College Victim Treven Anspach
10/02/2015 AT 02:40 PM EDT
Jesse Milbrat, also 20, knew Anspach from school and from working together at Roseburg Forest Products, where Anspach was employed in the plywood department.
"He was a hard worker and a damn good basketball player," Milbrat tells PEOPLE. "I was with him the last day I was in Oregon before I left for the Army [in May]."
On Thursday, 26-year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire at the rural college in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine and injuring seven more. Mercer was killed after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officials.
Anspach's family was desperately searching from him on Thursday afternoon after learning of the shooting. "No one's heard from him or anything," his brother Cameron told The Los Angeles Times. "We're waiting to see if he shows up."
On Thursday evening, it appeared he'd been located, when a friend tweeted, "For everyone upset about Treven, I just found out that he's up in Eugene [in Oregon] having surgery rn! Everyone please pray for him." But he didn't make it. (The tweet has since been deleted.)
Milbrat is devastated by his friend's death. He remembers Anspach wishing him luck as he left for the Army – his last words to Milbrat, as it turned out.
"The last thing he said to me was, 'Good luck and thanks for your service,' " he says.
Adds Milbrat: "He was a great kid. He deserves way better. He will be truly missed. Prayers to his family."
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