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Urreiztieta memorial tonight

Rebecca Sasnett 2013
Rebecca Marie Sasnett/ Daily Wildcat Friends put together a vigil in memory of UA sophomore track and field athlete Lezo Urreiztieta, who was put on life support Friday Dec. 20, in front of the McKale Memorial Center Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

The UA will hold a memorial service in honor of former track and field athlete Lezo Urreiztieta tonight from 6-7 p.m. in McKale Center.

Urreiztieta, a junior hurdler and aspiring doctor, died Dec. 21 at University of Arizona Medical Center due to complications following brain surgery.

Urreiztieta was honored with a moment of silence before the NAU men’s basketball game on Dec. 23.
Since many were out of town for winter break when he died, the UA decided to hold a public memorial when school was back in session.

The program will include words from family, head track and field coach Fred Harvey and various members of the team.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend the event. Parking will be available free of charge in surface lots and at meters, but there will be a fee for the Cherry Avenue Parking Garage.

The UA has set up the Lezo Urreiztieta Endowed Scholarship in his memory to support one track and field student-athlete per year, and Wildcats have been tweeting with the hashtags “#ForLezo” and “#BeLezoLike.”

After setting the school record in the high jump last week at NAU, senior Nick Ross dedicated his achievement to Urreiztieta.

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