Congregation prays for family of Charlotte student found dead in Boston

by: Linzi Sheldon Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Member of MorningStar Fellowship Church came together Wednesday night to pray for the family of 23-year-old Jonathan Dailey. 

The Charlotte man was found dead in Boston on Tuesday. 

Church members called his death an unimaginable tragedy. 

Pastor Rick Joyner said the family is one of the strongest he knows, but as family members struggle through the shock, the congregation wanted to come together to pray for them. 

They also came to support one another. 

"What they're doing tonight is trying to process this-- ourselves," Joe Chamberlain said. 

"It's very heartbreaking," Sharrona Watson said. 

Dailey was a student at Boston Architectural College. He left his apartment the evening of Oct. 2 and simply disappeared. His body was found in the Charles River and sources said it was tied to a cinder block. Investigators have not yet released how he died. 

Joyner described him as loyal, trustworthy and full of promise. 

"He seemed destined to do significant things," he said. 

He said the family is struggling especially with many unanswered questions. 

"They're having a terrible time," he said. "The mom, especially, is really bad shape -- all of them are." 

Watson, who knows Dailey's mother, said her message to her and the rest of the family is simple. 

"We love you," she said. "We love you and we're there."