The family of Mollie Tibbetts asked people not to be angry at God for her death, but to instead follow her example of living a positive life.
Morgan Collum, Tibbetts’ cousin, said that the slain 20-year-old Iowa student, whose disappearance prompted a mass search, always tried to find the good in everyone she met.
“Please, don’t be mad at God for taking Mollie away from us,” Collum told those attending Sunday’s Mass of the Resurrection, according to the Des Moines Register.
“Rather, praise God for His perfect creation in making a soul so sweet, so pure and so caring to all.”
Jake Tibbetts, Mollie’s older brother, noted that his sister always worked hard to bring people together despite their differences.
“You’ve seen how hard Mollie is working upstairs in Heaven,” the brother said, as Fox News reported.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was charged last week with first-degree murder for Tibbetts’ death.
The psychology student at the University of Iowa had been missing since July 18 when she went out for a run, never to return. Her case drew national attention, but ended in tragedy, with Rivera leading police to Tibbetts’ body.
The man claims he does not remember how he killed the student, but says that he dragged her to a cornfield and covered her body with corn stalks.
Rob Tibbetts, the father, said in his eulogy on Sunday that the local Hispanic community supported and embraced him during the search for his daughter.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov