Hundreds Turnout for Final Farewell at Lutzenkirchen's Funeral


By Ellis Eskew

A public visitation was held Thursday morning for the Auburn football standout at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Ga. It was followed by a funeral mass at 1 p.m.

Philip Lutzenkirchen's former teammates were also there.
They say he was one of a kind.

 "As soon as Philip opened his mouth, you could tell he was different. Just a wonderful friend, brother, teammate to have at Auburn. Someone younger than you, but someone you could mold yourself after and an example to look up to. He was pretty special," said former teammate Lee Ziemba.

A childhood friend says Lutzenkirchen will live on in their hearts.

 "He truly has made an impact on this community, East Cobb, as well as Auburn. And we all miss Phil a lot. He leaves a legacy where it's hard to look at photos right now. It's still very numb feeling," said Rush Eskridge.

Lutzenkirchen was killed Sunday in a one-car wreck near LaGrange, Georgia  that also killed a University of Georgia baseball player and left two others injured.
Now, as they lay their friend and loved one to rest,  they say their lives will be forever changed because of the kind of man Lutzenkirchen was.

"Very blessed to have been so close to him," said Ziemba.


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