Molly Morris and Corey Mock initially met online via Tinder. This was in December, 2013. They were both students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a star wrestler. She was new in town, having moved there in June as part of a national exchange student program with the University of New Mexico.
An overachiever, Morris started a business when she arrived, teaching dance to preschoolers. She also spent time working at a local hotel as a cocktail waitress. In December, halfway through the academic year, she hadn't yet decided how long she would stay in Chattanooga, though it would turn out to be only for another semester.