Friends and Co-workers Mourn Loss of Terra Welch-Reents

Family and friends mourned the loss of a mother of five killed during a weekend stabbing.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 9:24 AM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 11:26 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Family and friends mourned the loss of a mother of five killed during a weekend stabbing.

Though the official word of the death of 38-year-old Terra Welch-Reents came out Monday afternoon from St. Joseph Police,
her friends and family knew of the tragedy for more than 24 hours before then.

Welch-Reents died after a stabbing at Legends Sports Bar Friday night. 

Her close friends and co-workers still can't believe what happened.

"She was always very kind. Very, very kind. I know that she would take care of everything and really try to help," Jeny White, Legends Sports Bar employee, said. "Sadly, I think she was just trying to help on Friday when that happened. It's still very, very tough."

On Monday, bar owners from across the city met at the Muny Inn, forming a new group called Joe Town Bar Family.

They discussed a fundraising option that bars in town can participate in where the proceeds would go to Welch-Reents' family.

"When you see something tragic has happened, it gives you the chance to do something really good," August Bennington, Hi-Ho bartender, said. "That's kind of what I wanted to do with it, you know. There's no reason...there's no reason not to. When something as bad as this happens, the best thing to do is do something great."

Those who attended Monday's meeting say about 13 area bars are interested in participating. 

The group has not made any formal plans as of yet, but hope to do so in the near future.

There are several benefits and fundraisers planned for Welch-Reents' family already in the works, including a Potluck and Karaoke benefit will be held at Legends Sports Bar on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

"She has so many people that want to do so much for her, and I think that tells you what kind of person she is," White said.

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