With somber hearts, Texas A&M University-Kingsville students, faculty, and staff flooded Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Union Building in order to pay respects to Jaya “Bharat” Reddy Marella during a candlelight memorial vigil, on Tuesday, April 19.
Along with a traditional prayer led by a Hindu priest, people close to Marella spoke candidly about the spirit their fallen friend personified till his very end.
Kirsten Compary, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, while acknowledging that she did not know the student personally, affirmed that Marella possessed the strength and spirit personified by a true TAMUK Javelina. Through all of the love and support provided by all who spoke so highly of him, Compary said, “From what I have heard about Bharat throughout the last 10 days, he certainly embodies what it means to be a Javelina.”
Amongst the prayers and inspirational words spoken in regards to Marella, Compary and others present hoped to drive home the fact that there is no room drinking, texting, or anything that would take away from the driving capabilities of an individual.
“He didn’t deserve to pay for someone else’s mistake,” said a friend of Marella who now deals with the fact that Bharat will not be alongside him come graduation ceremonies.
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