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Texas State gathers to remember fallen Bobcats at Bobcat Pause

Families, friends and colleagues gathered April 11 in the LBJ Ballroom to remember Bobcat faculty, staff, students and retirees who have died in the last year.

Photo essay by Sawyer Click

  • The event was separated into two events: a reception and a service, and was hosted by the Student Foundation. At the reception, tables housed pictures, mementos, a name card and a twine Bobcat Pause-labelled bag. Photo by
  • After entering the LBJ Ballroom. the memorial for Dru Estes, killed in the summer 2018 Iconic Village fire, was the first of forty lined along the walls. Photo by Sawyer Click
  • Betty Sue Frizzell and husband Ray Frizzell joined several family members to remember Haley Frizzell, a Texas State student who died in the Iconic Village fire.Photo by Sawyer Click
  • Student Regent Leanna Mouton worked the event as a Student Foundation member, but she was also there to remember Regent Lawrence Estaville: "I want to make sure his memories live on."Photo by Sawyer Click
  • To start off the service following the reception, a slideshow was played displaying pictures of each of the 40 honorees. Across the ballroom, and as pictured in the front row, attendees became overwhelmed with emotion.Photo by Sawyer Click
  • Texas State President Denise Trauth gave a speech to begin the naming portion of the event: "They are all a part of our Bobcat family."Photo by Sawyer Click
  • As a part of a long-stranding tradition, friends and family that stand as an honoree is named were given long-stemmed white roses by a Student Foundation member.Photo by Sawyer Click
  • In the front row, administrators and regents collected among the most in the group, standing for several faculty, staff and retirees.Photo by Sawyer Click
  • VocaLibre, an acapella music group from the School of Music, performed twice during the event: the first offering a song of strength and remembrance and the second to end the service with the Texas State Alma Mater.Photo by Sawyer Click
  • The youngest sibling of Haley Frizzell, an honoree who died in the summer 2018 Iconic Village fire, gathered alongside other family members outside after the service.Photo by Sawyer Click

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