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Community gathers to remember Adrien Mowery

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There were poems, prayers, and personal reflections shared as candles were lit in honor of one of their own. There were poems, prayers, and personal reflections shared as candles were lit in honor of one of their own.
Adrien was born with a rare heart disease and fought for life, the rest of his life.  He underwent several operations growing up. Adrien was born with a rare heart disease and fought for life, the rest of his life. He underwent several operations growing up.

A vigil was held Wednesday night on the USI campus to remember Adrien Mowery, the student found dead of natural causes inside his car last week.

14 News has learned that Adrien Mowery had overcome a lot of obstacles to go back to school.

Adrien was born with a rare heart disease and in 2006 he had a heart transplant. Because of his health, he couldn't always attend class.  

It was one week ago Wednesday that Adrien's body was found inside his vehicle on campus.

"He always wanted to follow his dreams and I encourage you to follow your dreams, too," Adrien's father said.

Adrien's father who joined other family members and several USI students on campus for a vigil in Adrien's honor.  There were poems, prayers, and personal reflections shared as candles were lit in honor of one of their own.

"Whenever you're on a campus of 10,000 students, it's easy to believe the lie that you're just a number, that you're just one of 10,000. No, every single student here is important," said student Erin Gillingham. "Every, all 10,000 of us are important, collectively, and by ourselves and we want to make sure if we lost a student, we want to make sure we take a moment to remember that student."

Adrien's sister also talked about the importance of organ donation.  She says without Adrien's new heart she would have lost him six years ago.

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