Thousands Pack Reed Arena for Muster

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email
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Thousands of Aggies, young and old, poured into Reed Arena on the Texas A&M University Campus to remember old times and fallen friends.

It's known as Aggie Muster, and its roots date back to the late 19th century. It started as a time to remember the old college days, and has since grown to include a time to remember fallen Aggies. The ceremony takes place in over 400 locations worldwide, but the largest is at Texas A&M.

Nick Crow, class of 2010, lost his kid sister, Christy, about a week earlier. She wanted to be a teacher, and loved Texas A&M. She eventually followed in her brother's footsteps and was able to call herself an Aggie.

A Sophomore at A&M, 19-year-old Christy was diagnosed with Mono in April. A few days later, she passed away at UTMB Galveston. The family is awaiting autopsy results to find out exactly why Christy died from an infection that rarely results in death.

Meanwhile, Crow and about 30 other family members and friends made the trip from their hometown of Friendswood to College Station on Monday to attend Muster. They spent the early part of the day cleaning out Christy's room. Crow said it didn't take him long to remember why he loves Texas A&M.

"It was really difficult, but I can't say thank you enough to all the Aggies who came out and cleaned the dorm room for us," said Crow. "One of the Sororities showed up and said we'll take care of this for you. We didn't have to lift a finger. It was just incredible."

As part of the Muster events, a roll call of Aggies who have passed on is read. Christy's name was on that list, and Crow said that means a lot to him and his family.

"This is going to give my parents some closure on things. We haven't even had the funeral yet, but just to let them know she's going to be remembered forever," said Crow. "The Aggie family runs eternal, and she'll never die here."

Crow and his family have set up a scholarship fund in memory of their sister called Christy's Wish. To find out more, click on the link added to this story.

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