MU student, Jarrett Mosby, remembered for kindness

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 2:40 p.m. CST; updated 10:47 a.m. CST, Friday, December 27, 2013
A memorial for Jarrett Mosby, 21, of Collinsville, Ill., is set up outside of MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. Mosby was found shot to death on Monday.

COLUMBIA — Jarrett Mosby, a 21-year-old senior studying business at MU, was remembered Tuesday for his smile and giving personality.

Mosby was found found shot to death in a car on Monday afternoon near St. Louis, according to Lt. Matt Eiskant, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.


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Police found his body while responding to a reported traffic accident, Lt. Eiskant said. Mosby's body was in the driver's seat slumped over into the passenger seat of a silver car.

Mosby had been shot several times, Eiskant said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mosby was back home in Collinsville, Ill., during winter break to visit family and his young son, according a report by The Associated Press. 

Bryhana Monegain, a journalism major, said Mosby, then a sophomore, was the first person she met in her freshman year at an MU welcome barbecue with her roommate and friends. The group clicked, she said, and they have been friends ever since.

"I couldn't think of my first college experience without him," Monegain said. "His smile will forever be the best memory of him. ... You couldn't catch him without it."

Monegain said she and Mosby studied every day together in library. Usually, they couldn't sit at the same table or they would distract each another, she recalled, but they would interact through Facebook and Twitter while they were studying and then catch up face to face during breaks.

He was looking forward to graduating in five months, she said.

Sydney Ross, a business major, met Mosby at a party when they were freshmen and exchanged phone numbers.

"I didn't have a car freshman year, so he took me to Walmart," Ross said. "He was so nice and giving. He gave without expecting anything back."

Ross said Mosby often offered rides to others and was helpful. She remembers always seeing him in the library. He was focused on graduating so he could make a better life for his son, she said. His goal was to own a business.

Pending further investigation, police could not comment on whether the gunshots that killed Mosby came from inside or outside the vehicle, Eiskant said.

The Madison County Coroner was scheduled to conduct an autopsy at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, Eiskant said no additional information is available.

Christian Basi, an MU spokesman, said that no memorial services are being planned by the university at this time but that MU would offer support to Mosby's family. The university wants to make everything as easy as possible for the family, he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jarrett's family during this difficult time," Basi said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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