His Brother’s Keeper: Billy Orris’s Legacy

CHICAGO, IL (March 9, 2016) — Last August, Covenant pastors Bill and Lisa Orris’s 26-year-old son, Billy, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Billy left behind his parents, pastors of Hope Covenant Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a sister, Lauren, and his younger brother, Michael, a college basketball standout with whom he shared a special bond.

Playing courageously through his grief, Michael Orris helped lead his Northern Illinois University Huskies basketball team to the school’s first winning season in a decade. Billy used to attend every one of his brother’s games, and even moved across the country to support Michael’s dreams. Now, Michael plays to honor Billy’s memory.

As March Madness swings into gear this college basketball season, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago has produced this inspiring video about the Orris family’s heartbreaking journey and the extraordinary relationship between two brothers.