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Public memorial held for former Auburn player killed in crash

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MARIETTA, Ga. -

Friends, family members, coaches and teammates came together Wednesday night to pay tribute to a former Lassiter High and Auburn football star who was killed in a car accident over the weekend. A public memorial service was held in the football stadium at Lassiter where he was a standout.

Thousands showed up dressed in orange and blue to celebrate the life of Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Through tears, Lutzenkirchen's father spoke about what he imagined it's like for his son to be in heaven.

"Philip is walking up to heaven, meeting Jesus Christ putting up his big hand saying what's up JC," said Mike Lutzenkirchen.

Former Lassiter football coach Chip Lindsey, Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs and Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn were amongst those who spoke at the service.

“Philip we love you and we’re gunna miss you and we can’t wait to see you in heaven. War Eagle,” said Malzahn.

The service included a video tribute highlighting some of Lutzenkirchen’s accomplishments both on and off the field. The memorial ended with a closing prayer and candlelight vigil.

Georgia state troopers have said Lutzenkirchen died in a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning near LaGrange. The accident also killed the driver, Ian Davis.

Lutzenkirchen, who was 23, was a popular player who set Auburn’s career record for a tight end with 14 touchdown catches.

The service started at 8:00 p.m. at Lassiter High School’s Frank Fillmann Stadium in Marietta. Auburn is also planning a public memorial.

Lutzenkirchen’s most well-known play was catching the game-winning touchdown to beat Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl. The Auburn Tigers went on to win the national championship.

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