The father of Mollie Tibbetts, the Iowa college student, whose disappearance caught the nation's attention, told members of the small community where she lived and studied to turn to the light of his daughter's funeral Sunday afternoon.
This community needs to heal, "said Rob Tibbetts to a crowd of hundreds who attended high school at BGM High School in Brooklyn, where his daughter graduated last year.
" Today we have to turn around, "said Tibbetts, according to the Des Moines Register. "We're at the end of a long ordeal, but we have to turn to life – Mollie's life ̵
Tibbetts, a student at the University of Iowa, died in one 21 of investigators led by farm worker Cristhian Bahena Rivera, Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts death, and investigators said he was illegal in the US and lived in Iowa for 4-7 years
In his eulogy, Rob Tibbetts thanked the volunteers and police officers involved in his search for his daughter, and thanked the media for giving him 400,000 tips on their possible stay place of Mollie ascribed
"You want to know why there was such an outflow?" asked Rob Tibbetts. "Because we see each other in Mollie."
In accordance with the theme of "turning pages", Tibbetts recognized a married couple attending the service that had married and asked them to stand for applause.
"It felt good," he said. "That would have been done by Mollie." He asked for another round of applause for the football team from BGM, which won its first game of the season on Friday night. Scott Tibbetts, Mollie's younger brother, threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another in the win.
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Mollie's other brother, Jake Tibbetts, described his older sister as a unit that worked to people to match with differences.
"You've seen how hard Mollie works up in the sky," said Jake, who said he set up his speech just 20 minutes before the ministry started
Mollie's cousin Morgan Collum remembered Tibbetts as a girl Spaghetti and "a good Spotify playlist" loved. She begged the mourners to follow Mollie's example of good work.
"Take what you have," said Collum. "Please do not be angry with God … praise God for his perfect creation."
Fox News Willie James Inman of Brooklyn and The Associated Press contributed to the report.