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Tearful mourners gather for Riley Strain’s funeral wearing his favorite color as questions mount over student’s suspicious death in Nashville after he was found wearing no pants or boots

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Family and friends of college student Riley Strain have gathered for his funeral, three weeks after his mysterious death.

The half-naked body of the 22-year-old was hauled from the Cumberland River in Tennessee on Friday, 14 days after he vanished in Nashville on a night out.

An initial police autopsy found no signs of foul play, but also none that he drowned, after leaving Luke’s Bridge Food and Drink at 9.30pm on March 22.

His body was found without the pants or boots he was wearing that night as he drunkenly stumbled around the city alone. 

Family and friends of college student Riley Strain (pictured with his mother Michelle Strain Whiteid) have gathered for his funeral, three weeks after his mysterious death

Family and friends of college student Riley Strain (pictured with his mother Michelle Strain Whiteid) have gathered for his funeral, three weeks after his mysterious death

Mourners arrived for his funeral at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, Missouri , at 2pm on Friday

Mourners arrived for his funeral at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, Missouri , at 2pm on Friday

A second autopsy commissioned by his family added to the mystery as investigators await toxicology results.

Mourners arrived for his funeral at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, Missouri, at 2pm on Friday.

Strain was already laid to rest at a local cemetery at a ‘very private’ ceremony on Friday morning. 

He was supposed to graduate from the University of Missouri in May, business and financial planning.

‘No doubt he’s found his favorite fishing spot [in heaven],’ mourners were told by the funeral director leading the service.

Mourners wore wear green, as Strain often quipped ‘green makes you look good’, starting with when a relative commented on his green outfit. 

They were asked to ‘do a random act of kindness, listen to Drake (the rapper), buy a stranger a fajita, [or] take a friend fishing’ as a tribute to him.

Strain’s high school friend and baseball teammate Joey Cockle recalled how they grew close warming up before games and on the bench.

‘Riley was a friend and brother I will cherish forever. He was always smiling and brightening the game,’ he said.

Strain's high school friend and baseball teammate Joey Cockle held back tears as he gave a eulogy, promising 'I will strive to be the man you were and I know ill make you proud'

Strain’s high school friend and baseball teammate Joey Cockle held back tears as he gave a eulogy, promising ‘I will strive to be the man you were and I know ill make you proud’

Strain's family embraced Cockle after he finished his speech

Strain’s family embraced Cockle after he finished his speech

Cockle remembered the pair eating buffalo wild wings on snow days and their our countless attempts at mastering Spanish.

‘I learned from Riley to stay in the present… be in the moment and everything else will come. He filled the room with joy,’ he said.

‘I cant put into words how much I miss hearing his voice.

‘Without Riley I’m lost, but I know he’s always looking over me, in my heart and by my side… I know I will be with you one day.

‘I will strive to be the man you were and I know ill make you proud.’

Mourners then heard Strain’s favorite karaoke song, International Harvester by Craig Morgan.

Early in the service, one his his favorite songs, Something in the Orange by Zach Bryant, played and mourners heard details of his life.

They heard  about his love of hunting, loving to shoot any game animals, and was taught how to skin a pheasant.

Strain as a baby was one of many photos shown during a tribute video

Strain as a baby was one of many photos shown during a tribute video

Mourners were asked to 'do a random act of kindness, listen to Drake (the rapper), buy a stranger a fajita, [or] take a friend fishing' as a tribute to him

Mourners were asked to ‘do a random act of kindness, listen to Drake (the rapper), buy a stranger a fajita, [or] take a friend fishing’ as a tribute to him

He unexpectedly had to taxidermy the bird, and the stuffed bird was on display alongside skins from other kills, his bow and gun, and green plants and flowers.

Strain was also a keen angler, and the only time he ever got up early was to go on a fishing trip.

‘Riley embraced outdoor adventures, whether it was hunting, fishing, or simply enjoying the serenity of the lake,’ the funeral director said.

‘Riley’s competitive spirit shone through in tennis matches and his budding interest in the discipline of Jiujitsu. Above all, Riley cherished time spent with family, creating lasting memories.’

Mourners were told how Strain was never diagnosed with ADHD but exhibited some signs of the the disorder.

‘He liked to have things in their place and where they were supposed to be,’ they heard. 

Strain always knew if his mother had moved something when she was cleaning his room. 

Strain (right) with his parents Chris Whiteid (left) and Michelle Strain Whiteid

Strain (right) with his parents Chris Whiteid (left) and Michelle Strain Whiteid

Mourners heard how Strain was a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL and Dallas Mavericks NBA teams (pictured with his parents at a Chief game)

Mourners heard how Strain was a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL and Dallas Mavericks NBA teams (pictured with his parents at a Chief game)

Also included in the service were tales of how Strain always carried a case of water in a cooler in the trunk of his car.

When he was in school, Strain was a first baseman in a traveling baseball team, a state-level archer, and fell in love with tennis in high school.

He was also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL and Dallas Mavericks NBA teams.

As well as his beloved trio of pets -Miles the golden doodle, Cooper the red heeler, and the German shepherds, Vikka and Vin – Strain was a devoted environmentalist.

‘Riley’s commitment to service was evident through the prestigious Presidential Medal for Volunteering, earned by dedicating over 500 hours to the Wonders of Wildlife,’ mourners were told.

‘This commitment showcased Riley’s deep care for the community and the environment.’

But that didn’t stop him eating them: ‘Riley could always eat his weight in crab legs, he just loved them.’

‘Riley had a passion for good food, from the comfort of his mom’s chicken Parmesan to the zest of fajitas at local favorites like El Rodeo in Bolivar and El Charro in Nixa and took particular pride in grilling a steak to perfection. ‘



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