Funeral held for SIU student found dead; Pravin Varughese, 19, remembered for talent, outgoing personality

February 22, 2014 5:42:41 PM PST
A crowd of friends and family filled a northwest suburban church for the funeral of a Southern Illinois University student who was found dead earlier this week.

It was an emotional service for 19-year-old Pravin Varughese.

The SIU student was remembered for his talent and outgoing personality.

Varughese's uncle is the deacon of his church and presided over much of the service.

"I can't express, you know. It's a really difficult time for us," said Liju Paul. "I was there in Carbondale. Actually, I don't know what's happened. It is suspicious, I'm telling you, this is suspicious."

His uncle was among the volunteers who went to Carbondale.

They passed out fliers in the days before Varughese's body was found in a wooded area.

An autopsy found he died of hypothermia, but how he ended up in the woods remains a mystery.

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