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Moving video tribute closes Lutzenkirchen memorial service

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Tragedy struck The Plains over the weekend when former Auburn star Philip Lutzenkirchen, along with a friend, was killed in a one-car accident. Adding to the tragedy were reports that alcohol may have contributed to the crash as well as the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen not wearing a seat belt being a factor in his death.

Fans grieved by rolling Toomer’s Corner, while some of his former teammates, including Cam Newton, paid emotional and heartfelt tributes to the well-liked and well-respected young man.

Wednesday evening, a memorial service was held to honor Lutzenkirchen’s memory in his hometown of Marietta, Ga., with Lassiter High School’s Frank Fillmann Stadium filled to capacity by those paying their respects. Among those in attendance were Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and athletic director Jay Jacobs.

“We’re not supposed to have favorite players,” Malzahn said. “Phil made that hard at Auburn. He had a great football IQ and he was one of the best players to ever play at Auburn. He had the ‘It’ factor.”

At the close of the service, a video tribute was shown. As I was challenged on Twitter, I dare you to make it through the entire five-plus minutes without the room getting dusty:

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1 Response to “Moving video tribute closes Lutzenkirchen memorial service”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Jul 3, 2014 12:40 PM

    Are you kidding me…Not cry…Too much talent and just a overall great person gone too soon. My prayers and condolences go out to this young man’s family and the Auburn family as well. His sister is a soccer player for BAMA and wrote a very sweet letter to all the fans of UA and AU. Its posted on

    R.I.P. Phillip…

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