UMD softball community honors Mandy Matula

By KBJR News 1

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) ---It's a special weekend for the UMD softball team. Former teammate, Mandy Matula, was killed last Spring, and this weekend, the team is celebrating her life.

Mandy Matula, of Eden Prairie was 24 when she died of a gunshot wound to her head.

Her body was found in a shallow grave in October about six months later, just north of St. Cloud.

The police's only suspect, Matula's ex-boyfriend David Roe, committed suicide on the day she was reported missing.

Each wearing her number-14, her teammates hosted 1Four Mandy Weekend at Malosky Stadium as part of the Bulldogs' home opener.

Matula was a starting pitcher and player for the Bulldogs from 2007 to 2011.

"We just never want her memory to go away,” Coach Jen Banford said. “Mandy, she was one of those kids that everybody loved. It's not hard to keep someone like her in your thoughts."

Coach Banford says UMD hopes to celebrate the life of Mandy Matula each year.

The Bulldogs also plan to retire Matula's Number-14.