Son of Martin's Shooting victim decides to play in basketball game for IUSB Saturday


Just two and a half days after his mom was killed in the Martin's Shooting Tragedy, Elkhart Central graduate Joe Godfread has decided he will play in IUSB's basketball game Saturday afternoon against Robert Morris.

Earlier on Friday, IUSB announced that Godfread would not play in the game but after speaking with his coach, Joe decided he wanted to honor his mom by playing in the game.

The contest will tipoff at 2pm. Rachelle Godfread will be honored before the game with a moment of silence.

The school says that administration, students, faculty and staff want to support Joe and the team during this difficult time. The campus also wants to show their support for the family and friends of Joe and Rachelle who attend games frequently.

Counseling and other support services have been extended to the team, coaches, staff in the Athletics Department and anyone on campus who needs assistance coping with this tragedy.

The community continues to mourn the loss of two victims at Martin's Wednesday night.

Rachelle Godfread, 44, of Elkhart was one of five siblings.
She split her time between Elkhart and Evansville.

She lovingly supported her two adult sons that live in both cities.

She was also married to a former NBA basketball player, Dan Godfread.

It's believed she was shopping at Martin's, just as her son's basketball game for IUSB was wrapping up when the shooting happened Wednesday.

Lifetime friend Amy Mishler says, “Rachelle is full of life. Rachelle lives for her kids. She has two boys. One age 24, who lives in Evansville and she has another I believe who is 20 that plays basketball at IUSB. She was very involved in her kids and her family.”


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