Family to mark anniversary of student’s death

A photo of Paul DeWolf. (Source: Facebook)
A photo of Paul DeWolf. (Source: Facebook)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Family members of a University of Michigan medical student who was slain a year ago plan to mark the anniversary this week by spending time in Ann Arbor and visiting his grave.

Paul DeWolf’s family on Thursday plans to visit with Ann Arbor police detectives who investigated the case, medical school officials and DeWolf’s friends, The Ann Arbor News reported. They also will travel to Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

“This month has been difficult,” said his father, Thom DeWolf, “as we’ve been anticipating it and ramping up to it. There were a lot of things that came up that caused us to reflect again on the events.”

Authorities believe the 25-year-old was killed a year ago Wednesday in his off-campus medical fraternity house. His was found the next day. Three men were charged in the death and one of them has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

DeWolf, who would have graduated this past May, was a native of Schoolcraft in southwestern Michigan and a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He was attending medical school on an Air Force scholarship and held the rank of second lieutenant.

Thom DeWolf said he and his family went camping for a few days this month near Lake Michigan in the Muskegon area, where they’d vacationed in the past. The trip brought back a rush of memories — including his son chasing seagulls with a remote-control car.

“He loved the beach and loved the water,” he said.

The family also is working to set up a scholarship fund in Paul DeWolf’s name.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News

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