Rachelle Godfread honored by her son at IUSB basketball game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A sophomore at Indiana University South Bend, Joe Godfread, stood along his teammates just days after his mother, Rachelle, was tragically killed in Elkhart’s Martins Supermarket.

Joe’s older brother, Michael Godfread, stood close by in support of his family.

“I just know that she would want my brother here playing and in school,” says Michael Godfread. “My mother was the most caring, and vibrant person in the world and she was our whole life.”

The decision to play was a difficult one for the Godfread brothers.

“He told me he wanted to play and we both thought it was a good idea, he needed something to do at this time. Basketball has always been a reprieve for us to get away from the world and this is how he would remain strong in this troubled time,” Michael said.

Within seconds of getting into the game, Joe Godfread, number 54, scored for his team.

“She was our number one fan, she was at all my games growing up and always at all of Joe’s, and we are just here now to support Joe. We were the only thing in her world, and my only wish is that we could have done more for her,” Michael said.

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