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BC Student Found In Reservoir Is Laid To Rest

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Franco Garcia, the Boston College student whose body was discovered in Chestnut Hill Reservoir last week, was remembered today "for his smile, passion for music, and love for family and friends," the AP reports.

Franco Garcia (Facebook)
Franco Garcia (Facebook)

Mourners this afternoon filled St. Ignatius Church on the school's campus in Newton, where, the AP reports, The Rev. Michael Nolan said that Garcia's disappearance "brought to the surface how much love you had for him and still have for him today."

"If there’s anything we can learn from Franco, it’s to live everyday with love, happiness and joy,” added friend Katherine Corteselli, reports Wicked Local Newton.

Garcia, 21, disappeared after leaving friends at a bar near campus late on Feb. 22. Seven weeks later, on April 11, his body was found in Chestnut Hill Reservoir, though earlier search efforts had also focused on the reservoir.

A day later, a preliminary examination indicated that findings on the death were “consistent with an accidental fall into the water." An exact cause of death is still pending additional toxicological testing.

The AP adds: "Luzmila Garcia said after following her son's silver casket from the church that she still had questions about how he died."

This program aired on April 18, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.

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