Mother of slain stu­dent seeks to warn teens of dat­ing vi­o­lence

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Claire Osborn

Carolyn Mosley, wear­ing a pur­ple jacket and skirt, paused briefly as she stood be­fore a crowd gath­ered at the Breath of Life Fel­low­ship Church in Austin for what would have been her daugh­ter’s 23rd birth­day.

“I miss her,” Mosley said as she started to cry. “I want you all to pray for me and this jour­ney I’m on.”

It’s been seven years since 15year-old Or­tralla Mosley died af­ter she was stabbed by her exboyfriend, Mar­cus McTear, in a hall­way at Rea­gan High School in March 2003. McTear ad­mit­ted that he killed her and is serv­ing a 40-

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Carolyn Mosley, 47, formed the Or­tralla LuWone Mosley Foun­da­tion, which she reg­is­tered as a non­profit in 2008 to help teenagers out of abu­sive dat­ing re­la­tion­ships. The foun­da­tion has no money but is ap­ply­ing for grants, she said.

Mosley has spo­ken to thou­sands of stu­dents at Cen­tral Texas schools and has met some of them at coun­selors’ of­fices to give her sup­port since 2004, she said. Mosley said she tells teenagers that dat­ing re­la­tion­ships should not be painful.

“A re­la­tion­ship is joy, peace and com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” she said. “It’s love, it’s shar­ing, and that needs to be taught to our chil­dren.”

Teenagers also call her around the clock. She tells them to call her Mama, she said.

She said a 16-year-old girl re­cently called her at 4:30 a.m. The girl’s boyfriend beat her, Mosley said. The girl wore long-sleeved shirts to cover the bruises.

“She was in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, and I got her out, but her mother works full time, and the teenager was home alone with kids,” Mosley said. “She just needed some­one to show her some love.”

One of Or­tralla’s best friends, Yolanda Za­p­ata, said Mosley helped her out of an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship a cou­ple of months af­ter Or­tralla was killed. Za­p­ata said she had a boyfriend who had been hit­ting her for a few months be­fore she told Mosley about it.

“She let me know it was not right and I im­me­di­ately needed to get out,” Za­p­ata said. “She al­ways of­fered me some­where to live. Ms. Mosley is a true

Al­berto Martínez

Kimberly Reynolds hugs a fel­low Hus­ton-Til­lot­son Uni­ver­sity stu­dent at the end of Carolyn Mosley’s talk about re­la­tion­ships in March. ‘I have to give love,’ Mosley said. ‘When I wake up in the morn­ing, I’m think­ing … “What can I do to help a child?” ’

Carolyn Mosley Her 15-year-old daugh­ter was killed by an ex-boyfriend in March 2003.

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