Bearson Laid to Rest 30 Sep 14

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — The North Dakota State University student found slain in Moorhead has been laid to rest as authorities search for his killer.

About 1,250 mourners attended a funeral Mass for 18-year-old Thomas Bearson on Monday morning at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in his hometown of Sartell.

The St. Cloud Times reports family and friends remembered Bearson’s humor, caring personality and love for athletics.

Bearson’s body was found last Tuesday outside a recreational vehicle store in Moorhead. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office says Bearson died as the “result of homicidal violence.”

Police say Bearson had last been seen at a party early on Sept. 20 in Fargo, North Dakota, about six blocks from his dorm. NDSU officials are encouraging students to walk with others on and off campus at night.