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Notre Dame student killed in accident at football practice is buried in Illinois

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

Notre Dame students, officials and Coach Brian Kelly joined to remember and say goodbye to Declan Sullivan during his funeral today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Gwyneth Sullivan, Declan's sister and a Notre Dame freshman, eulogized her brother, a 20-year-old junior, saying, "No amount of anger or tears can change this," she said.

"We hope over the next few days, weeks and months people in the community will heal as we are beginning to do," Sullivan's uncle, Michael Miley, said.

Filed at 1:55 p.m.

A funeral Mass for Declan Sullivan, the Notre Dame student videographer killed last Wednesday when the hydraulic scissor lift on which he was standing to film football practice toppled in a gust of wind, is underway today in Buffalo Grove, Ill. On Sunday, he was remembered by mourners who attended his wake.

"It's not easy in there," Jill Sloan, 47, of Island Lake, told the Chicago Tribune after leaving the wake. "It's so surreal, and you can't believe it."

Brendan Butler, 20, attended Carmel Catholic High School with Sullivan. "I got to see the kind of vitality and life that he had," Butler said.

As the investigation into Sullivan's death continued, his parents on Saturday issued a statement to the media:

"The grief we feel is tempered by the knowledge that Dec was doing what he loved in the place he most wanted to be," Alison and Barry Sullivan said. "Declan's life was cut short after just 20 years, but he leaves this world a better place for having been here. We hope that all that knew him join us in celebrating our son's life and remembering the joy he brought to so many."

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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Comments

It is time that the Catholic Church starts taking responsibility for their many errors. This was a serious mistake - more important than any football game, season, or tradition.

Posted by: mueller2008 | November 1, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Mueller2008, it sounds as if you are mixing this issue with other issues plaguing the Catholic Church. Don't mix issues.

Posted by: davidwhick | November 1, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Declan Sullivan died so that they could get a practice in! And what is their response?? This is all about money - get bowl eligible, for example. Fire Kelly and end the season.

Posted by: mueller2008 | November 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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