Local Athlete Honored at Funeral Service

By KBJR News 1

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Hundreds gathered today to celebrate the life of a young Duluth athlete who died unexpectedly on Monday.

The Mitchell Auditorium on the St. Scholastica campus was packed.

Outside the full auditorium others watched the service on a projector screen.

18-year old Matt Kero ran cross country, track and played hockey at both Denfeld and Central high school.

The day he died Kero had planned to start cross country practice as a freshman at St. Scholastica.

Aside from his numerous athletic accomplishments, friends described Kero as a funny kid who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need.

"We always considered ourselves the fours because we both wore four and we'd always play on the same soccer team in gym class," Nick Lavigne, a friend and teammate said. "We would always just want to be together for everything because we shared the same number. It was just really special."

Kero's hockey Jersey, with the number four, will be retired before the 2011 Denfeld hockey season.

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