According to the Associated Press, several hundred mourners attended the service and candlelight vigil in Lutzenkirchen’s hometown, Marietta, Ga. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and head coach Gus Malzahn were among those who spoke in honor of the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen, who holds Auburn’s all-time record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.
Lutzenkirchen’s father, Mike, wore an Auburn visor as he addressed the attendees.
“This is incredible. The Lassiter (High School) family and Auburn family, thank you very much,” Mike Lutzenkirchen said. “There’s a new tight end in heaven. He catches everything.”
Following the service, a touching video created by Auburn that honors Lutzenkirchen’s legacy was played.
Auburn fans rolled Toomer’s Corner on the AU campus in Lutzenkirchen's memory on Sunday after the news of the accident emerged. The driver of the vehicle, University of Georgia student Joseph Davis, was also killed. Police believe alcohol was involved.
Earlier on Wednesday, Lutzenkirchen’s younger sister, Abby, an Alabama soccer player, wrote a beautiful letter in remembrance of her brother.
The letter, addressed to the fans, was shared by Al.com. In part, the letter read:
Philip and I had a very special relationship being that I was his only little sister. He actually had me as "Baby Sister Abigail" in his phone. Philip was my hero: my knight in shining armor. He was iron man to me, and I made sure that everyone around me knew that I worshiped the ground that he walked on. What made our bond stronger within the past few years is the decision of me to play soccer at Alabama while he was still playing at Auburn. He never lets me forget that I chose to be a "Bammer" but made sure that he was ALWAYS my No. 1 fan, whether he was at my game or not. There was no one better than that big lug of a brother I had. We never had a dull moment together. When Philip was around, our family never stopped laughing and we always felt so loved because Philip made sure he went above and beyond for us. Philip would have made the perfect husband, dad, and uncle -- and it pains my family that we will never get to experience the rest of our lives with one of our absolute favorite people. I am forever grateful for being born into this amazing family and by having someone as amazing as Philip to look up to.
You can read the entire letter here. It’s well worth your time.
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