BALTIMORE (WJZ) – More than 100 people came together inside Loyola Maryland’s Memorial Chapel at a mass for Jimi Patrick, an honors student murdered just weeks after completing his freshman year.
“Plainly, what Jimi experienced in the last moments of his life was an act of evil,” said Loyola of Maryland president Father Brian Linnane, who led the service.
He later recounted a conversation with Patrick’s grandparents, who raised the 19-year-old.
“In this really dark moment of their lives, they’re thanking me for what Jimi experienced here and how much he loved it here,” he said. “They were relatively composed but obviously just devastated.”
Last week, the district attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania spoke about finding Patrick’s body after a deal he made with the teen’s confessed killer: his high school classmate Cosmo DiNardo, sparing DiNardo the death penalty.
“It was so far away I got sick to my stomach on the ride, but we were able to find him exactly where we were told he was located and bring him home,” Matt Weintraub said.
A new published report revealed DiNardo was banned campus at the high school he and Patrick attended.
Numerous accounts paint DiNardo, a diagnosed schizophrenic, as volatile and spiraling out of control.
His cousin Sean Kratz is charged with helping him kill three other young men in the days after Patrick’s murder.
Kratz now has a new lawyer who said her client’s version of events differs from DiNardo’s.
Those at Loyola are praying for justice and peace in a case that has deeply touched so many.
“This is an experience of evil, and it’s difficult for all of us to cope with this gratuitous evil,” Linnane said.