People gather at vigil for Mizzou student who died unexpectedly

3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:56:00 PM CDT September 30, 2014 in News
By: Sara Pang, KOMU 8 News Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Silence filled the air Tuesday night as streams of students trickled on to the lawn of Alpha Gamma Rho house for a vigil for an MU student who died Monday.

More than 100 people came to pay their respects for 19-year-old Cale Boedeker. A candlelight vigil was held in honor of him and after 20 minutes of prayer, candles were blown out.

Boedeker was a part of the Mizzou Greek community in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He was a sophomore at the University of Missouri and majored in Fisheries and Wildlife. Boedeker had a medical history of diabetes, but the Columbia Police Department said it cannot say if this was the cause of his death.

One friend, Marti Nary, described him as a "goofball, very caring and...perfect. He was just a wonderful person."

"I couldn't wait to see where our friendship went next," Nary said.

Nary recalls how Boedeker was the second person she met last year.

"After that we became automatic friends and started hanging out," Nary said. "He'd help me with math cause I have a hard time."

One of her memories she describes is at a date party she went to with him.

"He tried to teach me how to dance and I just couldn't pick it up," she said. "I remember he started dancing this kind of country dance, like two-step or something...by the end of the night the whole group was around him, like copying every move that he made."

"We'd go and support each other at flag football games," Nary said. "I hate people watching me play flag football and he texted me and he's like, 'I'm coming,' I was like, 'No, don't.' He came anyways."

"He was supporting me the entire time and pushing me to do better," Nary said. "I think that solidified our friendship right then. I realized he was going to be someone that made me better. I'm really going to miss him, a lot."

Nary has known Boedeker for a year but says it felt longer.

"The community is coming together so that's really nice to see but, I mean, we lost an incredible person."

She said if there was one thing she would like the community to know about Boedeker, it would be, "what a great heart he had."

"He made time for everybody and loved so many people, it was really inspiring," Nary said. "I hope I can love the way how he's loved so many people."

In a statement released by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Theta Chapter's "Unsung Hero" scholarship will be renamed the "Cale Boedeker Unsung Hero" to honor him.

CPD said it does not suspect foul play based on his medical history and information gathered at the fraternity house. Officers and medics pronounced him dead on the scene at 11:43 p.m.

 

 

 

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