July 5, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - It is with great sadness that the Purdue Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reports the passing of Boilermaker football player Sean Matti.
"On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean's family - Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda - and all those who knew and loved him," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can."
Head coach Danny Hope said: "Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally's and my prayers continue to go out to Sean's family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever."
Matti, from Shoreview, Minn., joined the football program in 2007 as a walkon running back.
The 22-year-old Matti (born Sept. 18, 1988) was reported missing Sunday around 11:30 p.m., and his body was recovered in Lake Freeman in Monticello, Ind., this morning.
Burke said late Wednesday afternoon that a moment of silence will be observed before the Boilermakers' season opener Sept. 3 against Middle Tennessee State at Ross-Ade Stadium to honor Matti's memory.