North Dakota State student Thomas Bearson, 18, was laid to rest Monday in Sartell, Minn.
More than 1,000 people celebrated Bearson’s life at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, local media reported.
Bearson was born Jan. 6, 1996, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Gregory and Debra (Saatzer) Bearson. He attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and graduated from Sartell High School in 2014.
Bearson was a standout athlete back home, scoring more than 1,000 points for his high school basketball team. He lettered four times in the sport and was elected team captain his senior year.
This fall, Bearson started school at NDSU. He lived in Reed Hall and was majoring in nursing.
Condolences were sent through social media, where the hashtag “#IKnowTom” and “#RIPTom” trended on Twitter.
“We’ve tried desperately to make sense of this tragedy,” Greg Bearson, Thomas’ father told mourners Monday. “The only thing we can come up with is the basketball team in heaven needed a point guard.”
A candlelight vigil took place at the Babbling Brooks on Sept. 23 after Bearson’s body was discovered in Moorhead earlier in the day.
He is survived by his parents, a sister, four grandparents, a great-grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.