WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Family, friends and fellow classmates of 22-year-old Purdue football player Sean Matti came to pay their respects at a memorial service Wednesday evening.
Services began at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Thomas Aquinas Center in West Lafayette. To respect family wishes, television cameras remained outside for the services.
Services began with an opening prayer from Father Patrick Baikauskas. Purdue Athletics' Chaplain Marty Dittmar also gave a reflection.
Several prayers were said as people, including head football coach Danny Hope, spoke in remembrance. Purdue Quarterback Rob Henry said Matti was truly an asset to the team.
"He really represented Purdue football and everything that we are as a team, as a university, as a program. He worked hard, didn't complain, never complained. He'll be greatly missed, that's for sure," said Henry.
Henry said he learned a lot from Matti. He said Sean taught everybody on the team how to work hard, not complain and simply do their job. Henry said he'll miss Matti's work ethic the most.
Those comments were echoed from Matti's high school football coach in an interview earlier this week. Matti would have been a fifth-year senior this fall. The football team plans to observe a moment of silence before the season-opener September 3rd.
Matti's body was recovered Tuesday morning on Lake Freeman. DNR officers said they found Matti's body 20 yards from the dock of the home where he'd been staying with friends on Lake Freeman.
Autopsy results for Sean Matti were released Wednesday evening. Carroll County Coroner Jay Cree said the preliminary cause of death was respiratory arrest and asphyxia due to drowning. The manner of death is being called an accident.
The autopsy was performed in Indianapolis. Toxicology results, however, are still pending.
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