Celebration Of Life Service Held For Murdered Mooresville Teacher at Davidson College Campus

UPDATE: 12/17

The Iredell County teacher- Patrick Braxton-Andrew- whose body was recovered in Mexico- has been laid to rest.

His funeral was held on Saturday.

His family wanted the day to be a celebration of life and held services at the Davidson College campus.

Braxton-Andrew was an 8th grade Spanish teacher at Woodlawn School and a Davidson College graduate.

Police day drug traffickers murdered him while he was on a hiking trip in Mexico in October.

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UPDATE: 11/19

The family of murdered Mooresville teacher Patrick Braxton-Andrew says his body has been found in Mexico and is expected to return home soon.

It is with a sense of relief that we are able to confirm that Patrick's body has been recovered and we will be able to bring him home soon.

Posted by Missing/Desaparecido – Patrick Braxton-Andrew on Saturday, November 17, 2018

Braxton-Andrew was an eighth grade Spanish teacher at Woodlawn School.

The man vanished nearly a month ago during a trip to Chiahuahua, Mexico.

Mexican officers say he was murdered by drug traffickers.

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DAVIDSON, NC – The Iredell county teacher missing in Mexico since October has reportedly died.  A Facebook Post on a page dedicated to finding Patrick Braxton-Andrew says the 34-year-old is dead.

“It’s terribly sad,” said Braxton Winston, Charlotte City Council Member and college friend of Braxton-Andrew, “Honestly it’s devastating.”

Winston and Braxton-Andrew attended Davidson College in the mid-2000’s.

“He just kind of floated in, was always calm,” said Winston, “never really saw him too up or too down. He had a great smile.”

They remained friends after college. Braxton-Andrew worked as an 8th-grade Spanish teacher at Woodlawn school near Davidson.
He was an avid traveler who frequented Mexico and Central America. Winston says he embodied the Wildcat Way, “you go out into the world and you lead.”

Braxton-Andrew had been missing since October 24th. He was on a trip to Chihuahua, a state in northern Mexico. Authorities say he went out on a hike and never returned to his hotel.

According to a post today on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Braxton-Andrew, police say he “… died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling.”

His body hasn’t been located. No arrests have been made.

“It’s going to take an extreme effort to do both of those things from the communities that care about him,” said Winston.

The Facebook post also says, “Patrick died doing what he loved – traveling and meeting people.”

Friday classes at Woodlawn have been canceled. A message posted on the school’s website says they are “devastated” by the loss of their beloved teacher and friend.