ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember the former Albuquerque Academy student found dead in Chicago .
Austin Hudson-LaPore went to the school before heading to the University of Chicago.
Grieving family and friends came to the memorial, some from as far away as Europe. Austin's family met with KRQE News 13 earlier and said while they may not ever have closure, but they want his life to be remembered.
Hudson-LaPore, a third-year biochemistry student, went missing after his finals in June. His friends and family believe he went to Lake Michigan to check out the storms.
For a week, his family and rescue workers searched for him. His body was eventually found by a fisherman and pulled from Lake Michigan.
Those who knew Hudson-LaPore well say he loved nature and lived life to the fullest.
"Austin lived such a large life. He really had a zest for life, and his friends, and science, and the world, really, and he left a huge space, so they're asking all of us to live life just that much larger," said Leigh LaPore Harris, Hudson-LaPore's aunt.
The memorial was open to the public. Hudson-LaPore's family is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Albuquerque Academy music and science competitions.
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