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Purdue's Sean Matti found dead

July, 5, 2011
7/05/11
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Extremely sad news about Purdue running back Sean Matti, whose body was recovered from Lake Freeman on Tuesday morning. The walk-on joined the program in 2007. He was 22.

Here are some statements from Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke and head coach Danny Hope:
Burke: "On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean’s family -- Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda -- and all those who knew and loved him. It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can.”

Hope: “Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally’s and my prayers continue to go out to Sean’s family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever.”

Purdue officials said assistant coach Donn Landholm spent Monday in Monticello, Ind., with Matti’s family, while assistants Sean Clark and Cornell Jackson arrived Tuesday morning. Marty Dittmar, a volunteer chaplain for the athletic department, also was at the scene.

The Boilermakers said that grief counselors were available on campus for Matti's teammates.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Matti family and the Purdue program.

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