Mother of slain student seeks to warn teens of dating violence
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
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.