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Amid grief, NC teacher’s family is positive: ‘Mexico will still be a special place to us’

As they waited for news about Patrick Braxton-Andrew, who’d been blank given Oct. 28 while roving solo in a beautiful yet remote partial of northern Mexico, his younger hermit Kerry and his sister-in-law Kathleen grappled with a question.

Will we ever wish to transport again? they wondered aloud.

And they kept opening behind to a same answer: Yes, they thought. How could we not?

Even after Mexican officials reported Thursday that Braxton-Andrew had been killed by a drug trafficker, their feeling didn’t change.


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“I consider a partial of honoring and remembering Patrick is not vouchsafing that occur — not being fearful to try new places, to see new cultures,” Kathleen Braxton-Andrew told a Observer on Friday afternoon from Mexico City. “Yes, this is a terrible thing, yet Patrick had so many practice in Latin America, and — we mean, thousands — and that doesn’t get transposed by this. It’s still a special place to him, and we consider it will still be a special place to us.”

The vacationing 34-year-old Davidson schoolteacher and mentor passed after withdrawal a hotel he was staying during in a little city of Urique, that is nestled during a bottom of a monumental Copper Canyon in a Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Few clues emerged over a successive 17 days, as a family converged on Mexico and authorities searched a surrounding areas. But on Wednesday morning, Braxton-Andrew’s father — Gary Andrew, obvious in Davidson College circles as a school’s longtime men’s cranky nation and lane and margin manager (now retired) — pronounced Chihuahua administrator Javier Corral sensitive him of Patrick’s genocide personally, in a state capitol in Chihuahua City.

A post on Corral’s central Facebook page Thursday night, translated from Spanish, pronounced Braxton-Andrew died “at a hands of” José Noriel Portilo Gil, a remarkable drug trafficker in a Urique area. A manhunt is underway.

Even still, Andrew concluded that his son would not have wanted his genocide to inhibit others from brave travel.

“He wouldn’t wish people not to come to Mexico, or go by a area that he had been in, since of this,” Andrew pronounced on Friday. “I mean, he’d wish people to learn from this and only be some-more wakeful of their surroundings, yet … no one can know because this happened. It only doesn’t occur to American tourists. Or to tourists in general, we believe. It’s a tragedy that shouldn’t have occurred, and we don’t know because it did.”

Looking back

Patrick Braxton-Andrew was as prepared as any to take a outing like this alone, his family said.

He was a healthy extrovert: During family trips to Colorado as a boy, he’d ramble a campground, distinguished adult easy friendships with other kids.

And yet he wasn’t primarily a healthy during Spanish — he scarcely catastrophic out of a category during his comparison year during North Mecklenburg High School — Patrick got some-more extraordinary about it during a family outing to Costa Rica while on a mangle from posterior a grade in English during Davidson College.

After plotting a lapse to Latin America for years, in his mid-20s, he bought a one-way sheet to Mexico City and started backpacking his proceed south toward Costa Rica. Braxton-Andrew wound adult vital with a family in Guatemala, and when he returned to North Carolina 13 months later, he was smooth in a denunciation that had tormented him as a teen.

In 2011, he got a pursuit operative with Davidson College’s Peru-focused study-abroad program, and done several trips to South America as a partner proprietor director. While others stranded tighten to Americans, he mostly wandered off on his own, fervent to strike adult conversations with local speakers. Even when he was roving alone, he never felt like he was alone, his hermit Kerry said.


Meanwhile, he launched a education business that lonesome an array of educational subjects as good as college opening exams, and picked adult a part-time pursuit training Spanish (and after algebra) to middle-schoolers during a private Woodlawn School in Mooresville.

Braxton-Andrew was so well-liked by his students and so devoted by their parents, Kerry had pronounced on Wednesday, that they’d entice him over for family dinners, that he accompanied kids to concerts, and that he was mostly requested as a chaperone during propagandize parties: “He’s really ardent about holding caring of these kid, and creation certain that they’re set adult for success.”

The family says they’ve been impressed by people who knew Patrick and have reached out with stories about certain interactions they had with him.

“The passion that Patrick had for what he was doing — and a good things, and all of a memories that people have that are so good … ” Jean Braxton pronounced on Friday while fighting by tears. “That distant outweighs a bad things that happened.”


Moving forward

Kerry and Kathleen Braxton-Andrew devise to conduct behind to their home in Chicago this weekend, yet Gary Andrew and Jean Braxton would like to sojourn in Mexico City until their son’s physique is found.

Andrew combined that a family is fervent for their son’s torpedo to be apprehended, and lavished regard on a efforts of Chihuahua administrator Corral, who wrote in a Thursday Facebook post (translated from Spanish):

“Nothing will stop us until we have prisoner him. It could take us a brief time or a prolonged time, yet we will constraint him. … The conflict of trusting people who have zero to do with rapist organizations or a disputes between them should be done a priority so that they never sojourn unpunished.”

It stays misleading how Mexican authorities could tell that Braxton-Andrew is passed but a physique and but carrying done an detain (attempts by a Observer to strech an central source in Chihuahua were unsuccessful). But Gary Andrew is carefree that their son’s physique will be recovered within a week.

At that point, they’d like to start meditative about carrying a vast entertainment of friends and family behind in North Carolina. But they frustrate during a difference “memorial service.”

“I’m not certain what we’ll call it,” Gary Andrew said, “but a jubilee of life is a proceed that we prognosticate that we’ll do this.”

“With lots of color,” Kathleen Braxton-Andrew added.

“Yeah, lots of color,” Gary said. “Lots of friends and people from wide-ranging places.”

Jean Braxton chimed in: “We are very, really unapproachable of Patrick, and of a proceed he lived. He did what he wanted to do. He followed his path.”

“I consider Patrick will continue to enthuse us, and everybody that he’s met,” Gary said, his voice shaking. “We adore Patrick. We’ll always adore Patrick. We’ll always remember him.”

And he promises that they’ll lapse to Mexico to lift on his suggestion of adventure.

His relatives were indeed only commencement an separate vacation in a Mexican city of Tulum, roughly 2,000 miles divided from Urique, when they schooled of Patrick’s disappearance. They cut that outing brief and flew to Mexico City as shortly as they could.

“We were formulation to revisit several hull and other things in a Yucatán,” Gary Andrew said. “And someday we’re gonna come behind and do those things that we didn’t have a event to do during that time. … we mean, a Mexican people are loving, caring people, and a people that we’ve interacted with have only been extraordinary and so useful and warm. So, yes: Someday, we’re gonna come back.”

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