In early May, the family of Maddie Mogen, slain University of Idaho student, announced the creation of Maddie May Day.
Maddie May Day, designated May 25, is Mogen's birthday. To honor the memory of their beautiful daughter on what would have been her 22nd birthday, the Associated Press reported Mogen's parents' request to "celebrate her birthday by remembering the joy she brought others, not the grief created by her absence."
Following the Mogens' early-May announcement, #MaddieMayDay lit up social media. Stories of good deeds, acts of kindness, and people paying it forward started popping up the morning of the 25th.
There is not a monetary movement, there is no requirement to be anywhere or do anything specific. It’s beautiful in its simplicity. And yet it’s effective and powerful. -The Mogen Family
We're sharing ideas on how you can celebrate Maddie May Day in the gallery below.
On Nov. 13, 2022, Mogen, 21, along with Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were murdered in their sleep in an off-campus apartment. The gruesome killing was one of the most shocking and talked-about tragedies of 2022. Accused murderer, Bryan Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in court this fall.
10 Ways Idaho Can Celebrate Maddie May Day in Memory of Maddie Mogen
Maddie May Day, designated May 25, is Mogen's birthday. Maddie's family would love for everyone to commit a random act of kindness today and every day in honor of her memory. Use #MaddieMayDay to share your kindness on social media.
"Maddie's aunts founded the Maddie May Day movement in her memory shortly after she died, seeking a way to grasp some positivity as we reeled with her loss. The movement strives to continue Maddie's mission by making the world a bit sweeter on her birthday through random acts of kindness." -MaddieMayDay.com
There's a Reason They Leave This Empty Table at Boise Restaurants
The Missing Man Table, also referred to as The Fallen Comrade Table, is intended to remind patrons to honor our fallen, imprisoned, and Missing in Action Veterans.
The table, as well as every item on it, carries a significant meaning. After you scroll through what each item means, check out the quick video at the end that demonstrates how the table is set.
University of Idaho Candlelight Vigil Remembers 4 Slain Students [photos of vigil]
Four University of Idaho students were murdered in their Moscow rental house near campus on Sunday, November 13.
The Idaho Vandal community mourns the loss of Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.
Scroll on to see photos from the university's touching memorial service.