Update: Family Releases Statement that Patrick Braxton-Andrew was Killed in Mexico
This afternoon Patrick Braxton-Andrew’s family released the following statement on the Facebook page that had been set up in the wake of his disappearance.
“Based on information provided by the Chihuahua State authorities, it is with great sadness that we announce that Patrick died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling. The search continues to recover his body so we can bring him back home. The authorities are searching for those responsible to bring them to justice. The family would like to thank the Chihuahua Governor and Attorney General for their unwavering commitment to locating Patrick.
Patrick died doing what he loved—traveling and meeting people. Join us in celebrating his life as he would want us to do. We will always remember Patrick and his joy for life. We love you PBA.
The family requests the news media to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Across social media residents have been expressing their grief and sadness with this update.
The Woodlawn School posted the following information:
“Today we learned of the passing of Patrick Braxton-Andrew. We are devastated by the loss of our beloved teacher, community member, and friend.
Out of respect and remembrance for Patrick, school will be closed on Friday, November 16. There will be counselors available on campus tomorrow, and walk-ins are welcomed. All athletic practices for today and tomorrow are canceled, and Woodlawn Night at Cornelius Drafthouse & Bottle Shop will be postponed.
We are grateful for all that Patrick has brought to our Woodlawn family and are sending love to the Braxton-Andrews.”
The Town of Davidson will keep the flag at Town Hall at half-staff to honor Patrick.
In recent days, news of Patrick’s disappearance had been the topic national news coverage from NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN Español, Outside magazine, to the Today Show.
This past Sunday afternoon hundreds gathered on the Town Green to share their memories and fondest stories about Patrick. Those gathered hoped for a different outcome, and tonight they are mourning the death of this son, friend, teacher, coach of this town. Patrick grew up in Davidson, graduated from Davidson College in 2006, and was a teacher and coach at The Woodlawn School.