(BET) — Today, September 29, would’ve been slain Dallas resident Botham Jean’s 28th birthday.
During his vigil, Botham’s mother Allison Jean described her son as a man who at an early age dedicated himself to Christianity and approached his parents at age 8 to be baptized. He would eventually teach his mother’s church choir how to read music and arranged singers by sopranos, altos, bass, and tenor.
Botham Jean attended Harding University, a private Christian school in Arkansas. He was accepted to the university in 2011 and moved to the United States at the age of 19.
On Monday, just a day after Botham Jean’s birthday, Amber Guyger’s trial will enter its seventh day. On Saturday, jurors heard the brief testimony one of the defense’s witnesses.
Amber Guyger has been charged with murder for shooting and killing Botham Jean in his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger has pleaded not guilty.
Botham Jean was born in Saint Lucia on September 29, 1991. After his passing, more than 1,500 people attended his funeral. Mourners wore red neckties and roses in honor of Jean’s favorite color. Virally, the hashtag #BeLikeBo was created in honor of Botham’s nickname and life.
Social media also reflected on Botham Jean’s life.
Happy birthday, Botham. You will not be forgotten.