MU students said their final goodbyes Jarrett Mosby Friday night. Mosby was shot and killed in Madison, Ill., just two days before Christmas.
Mosby was from Collinsville, Ill., and enrolled in the Trulaske College of Business. He was expected to graduate in May with a degree in business management.
Bridget Botchway-Bradley, an MU senior and friend of Mosby, organized the memorial service at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. She said it was not meant to be a funeral, but a celebration of life.
“He was a father, a son, a brother, everything. So this is really from Mizzou kind of to Jarrett’s family,” Botchway-Bradley said.
The service featured a prayer tree as a method for closure. Students and people who attended wrote their prayers and final goodbyes for Mosby on a piece of paper and hung them on the tree outside of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. Botchway- Bradley said the service was also meant to encourage students to continue pursuing their goals.
“We still have to be careful. We still have to continue to work, continue to strive for these goals. You know, nothing in this life is granted. There is nothing that is definite; there is nothing that this life owes you,” Botchway-Bradley said.
Josh Herndon a close friend of Mosby said the memorial service was a great way for Mosby’s family to see the impact that he had on students on campus.
“Tonight people were really able to speak on who Jarrett was as a person and that kind of let me know that it’s still people out here who feel the same way as I do. We’re all in this together," Herndon said.
Those close to Mosby say that his impact and caring personality will never be forgotten. The Mosby family joined MU students at the service.