Wells showed leadership in school activities such as marching band in addition to ROTC, Opp said. He was a disciplined, well-respected student who valued his friends.
"He always put others before himself," Opp said. "There would be times when I was just not myself or I’d be down about something. He would go out of his way to make sure I was OK. Everybody looked up to him."
Wells' grieving family did not want to talk to reporters on Friday. It took time for Opp to process the news.
"I found out (Thursday) night around 7:30," he said. "I was just speechless. I was very shocked. I still am shocked. I didn’t sleep at all last night."