Mollie Tibbett's friends and family gathered to celebrate her life in Brooklyn, Iowa, where her father, Rob Tibbetts, delivered a very emotional eulogy.
Mollie's funeral service took place last Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcolm High School gymnasium and it was attended by hundreds of mourners.
According to the Des Moines Register, the grieving father chose to remember Mollie, not as a victim, but as a hero, since that would be the best way to honor the 20-year-old.
During the eulogy, Instead of focusing on the loss of his daughter, Rob claimed that it was time for them to focus on life because that was what Mollie would have done. You can watch the video below.
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"We need to heal — this community needs to heal, our family needs to heal, but the problem with that is the person best equipped to help us through this is Mollie. So, let’s try to do what Mollie would do."
Rob Tibbetts, Des Moines Register, August 26, 2018
As reported by ABC News, the father also took the opportunity to defend the Latino Community, which has been under fire ever since several politicians, including President Donald Trump, used Mollie's death as an argument regarding immigration in America.
Mollie's brothers, Jake and Scott Tibbets, along with two cousins, whose identities are yet to be revealed, served as pallbearers; cousin Morgan Collum and Teacher JR Glenn also delivered eulogies during the ceremony.
No word was mentioned regarding Mollie's killer, 24-year-old Christian Rivera, who snatched Mollie on July 18 after she left her boyfriend's house to go jogging.
There were very few leads back then and Mollie's relatives took to social media to ask for help to find her. Her body was found on Tuesday, August 21, in a cornfield, around 10 to 12 miles south of where police believe she was abducted.
Now, friends and family are burying the 20-year-old as Rivera is being charged with first-degree murder with a bond of $5 million, even though his legal representative claims that he is innocent.