Late Palmetto High teacher remembered by friends, family, and students

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PALMETTO - Students at a local high school came together Thursday for a final tribute to a beloved teacher. They were joined by friends and family members of late Palmetto High School teacher Patrick Mullins, who just days ago was found dead in the Manatee River, with an anchor and rope tied around his waist.

It was a somber day on the campus of Palmetto High School. A standing room only crowd gathered inside of the auditorium for the celebration of life ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Mullins was a media specialist at the school, where basically he was in charge of the library. Speakers at the ceremony went into great depth and length about the relationship with Mullins, calling him a loving father, a lover of good jazz, and fishing.

And it was the first time we heard from Jill Mullins, Patrick's wife. “I really do wish Pat was here to see how many of you care. With that in mind, please, as others have instructed you already, do take every opportunity to share your love, and concerns, with those that you care about.”

School officials tell ABC 7 that they are throwing around some other ideas of ways to remember Mr. Mullins. As of now, nothing set in stone.

Mullins’ body was found the other day. The cause of death still not yet determined.

From what we know, funeral arrangements are pending at this time.