PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The family of the 18-year-old University of Portland student who was found dead after weeks of searching spoke before his funeral Wednesday.
Owen Klinger disappeared from campus on Oct. 6, sparking a huge community effort to help find him.
“Many people have been asking us for details of Owen’s death, but the honest answer is we don’t know how or why we lost our son. And knowing won’t bring him back,” Dustin Klinger said. “All we know is that he was fiercely loved by all of us and that we dearly miss him now.”
They want people to remember how Owen lived — “with laughter and passion and a huge smile and a big, kind heart.”
They also thanked the community for coming together to remember their son.
“We’re grateful for all the smiles and laughter Owen brought to our family and to all of us and we’re amazed by how many people Owen’s life has touched,” mary said. “He will always be with us and we thank you for remembering Owen too.”
University of Portland President Rev. Mark Poorman will preside over the Catholic service. It is open to the public.
The funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland.
A scholarship to help University of Portland students has been established in Owen’s honor.