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Saying goodbye: hundreds gather to remember Dylan Pietrs

Speaker after speaker shared fond memories of the UO student who died at Lake Shasta over the weekend

Posted: May. 24, 2018 12:42 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of students at the University of Oregon came together on Wednesday night to remember one of their own who was lost too soon.

Dylan Pietrs, 21, died on Saturday during a weekend at Lake Shasta, Calif. At the EMU amphitheatre speaker after speaker -- including Scott Pietrs, Dylan's father -- went to the microphone to share fond memories of the Colorado native.

Many members of Dylan's fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, also spoke.

The young man was described as a person who was always smiling and enjoying life. One speaker said he made everyone's life better in so many ways. Another told the crowd that it was dark now, but that Dylan would not want them to be sad.

About 30 members of Phi Gamma Delta traveled from Oregon State in Corvallis to show their support.

"It's just really cool to see that he had a great impact," Kyle Darby, from OSU, said. "All of us will take at least one thing home from that, which I think is really special."

Dylan's death is under investigation by authorities. The cause is still unknown but police have said they don't suspect foul play or suicide.

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