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Friends gather to show love, support after death of missionary

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-10 23:47:16-04

PROVO -- Elder Mason Bailey was serving his LDS mission in Sweden when he was hit and killed by a car walking home March 2.

On Monday, friends and community members decorated his neighborhood to show their love and support.

As friends gathered at the Lakeside 2nd Ward in Provo, there was a quick prayer.

"I think everyone that's come out today has had just some memory of him that they wanted to express to the family that they remembered were thinking of him," said friend Amanda Boswell.

Dozens gathered to cut yellow ribbons and trim laminated photos of Bailey, all of which were then placed throughout Bailey's childhood neighborhood and where some of his family still lives.

"We just really wanted to show him that we cared about him and that we miss him and love him," said family friend Alecia Kanamu.

Friends say Bailey's dream was always to go on a mission and serve his Church. They say his kind heart touched nearly everyone who knew him.

On Monday, as his Provo neighborhood was decorated, one ribbon and photo at a time, friends say it was their turn to show the missionary how much he meant to them.

"He's the same age as my son and when they were little I just remember him coming around and he just had the biggest smile all the time, and that's just what I remember  is his smile," Boswell said.

Kanamu said the week since his death has been a difficult time for what she calls their "Church family."

"It's been very hard, it's been very emotional but peaceful at the same time, very humbling along with the family listening to them  but it's been very humbling," Kanamu said.

Bailey's body was scheduled to return home Tuesday, but FOX  13 is being told it could be back Thursday with funeral services in Richfield on Saturday.