Mollie Tibbetts, 20, disappeared during an evening jog on July 18, 2018. For weeks, national outlets covered the mystery of the missing college sophomore from Iowa.
After an exhaustive month-long search to find Mollie, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera was charged with first-degree murder. He led authorities to Mollie’s body in a rural cornfield.
Three days later, Mollie’s younger brother Scott made the emotional decision to play his football team’s season opener. The senior and quarterback at Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School led his undefeated team to consistent wins last season, but in the midst of the tragedy, he wasn’t sure if he would play.
Just hours before the big game, Scott decided to play in Mollie’s honor — and he wasn’t the only one.
Scott’s entire team, along with the fans, came up with a way to memorialize Mollie on the football field every Friday night.
One fan said every time the team scores a touchdown, it feels like Mollie is looking down from heaven and saying, “Good job, boys.”
In the video below, see Scott take the field just days after his beloved sister’s body was recovered.
What a supportive community. What a brave family.
Footage provided WHO Des Moines
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