Davidson community holds event to honor teacher killed in Mexico

The small neighborhood of Davidson came together on Monday to remember the life of Patrick Braxton-Andrew. The Davidson College grad and Mooresville Spanish teacher was murdered while visiting Mexico last month. 

Yellow ribbons were hung in Davidson Monday afternoon to remember a teacher murdered in Mexico.

Patrick Braxton-Andrew, a Davidson College graduate and teacher at Woodlawn School in Mooresville, was traveling and doing what he loved in Mexico, when authorities say he was killed by a gang leader.

“When I found out that he was missing first, that was pretty difficult to kind of hear. I was like, ‘What can I do? I’m so far away from Mexico,” said Will Mock, Braxton-Andrew’s student.

Mock says Braxton-Andrew tutored him.

He came out with dozens of others Monday to hang yellow ribbons on trees to support Braxton-Andrew’s family.

“I want to say to Patrick that he rests in peace in heaven and to the Mom and Dad that someday you can get happier,” said 7-year-old Evan Ridge.

Evan and his family didn't know Braxton-Andrew, but they still came out with dozens of others to put up yellow ribbons in Davidson for his family. 

“Every person who hung something on a tree they were thinking about pat and the way his life affected them,” said Matt Campbell, Braxton-Andrew's childhood friend,

Campbell organized the event so the family would know the community is there for them when they bring the Spanish teacher's body home to Davidson. 

“Pat went out the same way he lived his life-- on his on terms with the greatest interest in the people in the culture. He died in a place he loved and I think he'd be ok with it to be honest with you,” Campbell said.