Peyton White remembered as having “gentle presence”

The MU freshman, who died April 27, was honored at a vigil over the weekend.

Family and friends gathered for a celebration of life service Tuesday for freshman Peyton White, who died April 27. He was 18.

Friends also held a candlelight vigil over the weekend in White’s honor.

White graduated from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia and enjoyed playing lacrosse, building computers, creating art and spending time with friends, according to his obituary in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

White’s friends shared memories of him on Facebook.

“This shattered my heart today,” Halle Kearns, who graduated with White from Rock Bridge, wrote. “RIP sweetheart. Your contagious giggle and gentle presence will forever be remembered by everyone you've encountered. Until we meet again.”

MU freshman Tatum Pugh also attended Rock Bridge with White.

“The world lost a beautiful soul last night,” Pugh wrote. “I am so happy I had the pleasure of knowing Peyton and having him as one of my friends. He was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met. He will be so deeply and passionately missed by all who knew him. Rest in paradise, Peyton.”

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