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Luther College students remember fellow classmate

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

In memory of a classmate, blue ribbons line the College Drive bridge not too far away from Luther College in Decorah.

They're for 21-year-old Bjorn Norderhaug, a senior at Luther.

"You hear all these stories on the news, but you never think it'll happen here with people in your circle. You never think it'd happen here at Luther College, and with people you know. It's kind of...shock," said Jack Jagielski. 

The unexpected death of Bjorn, leaving his friends in disbelief. "I can't believe it's real," added Jack.

Bjorn had been missing since early Saturday morning. The following day, crews found his body in the Upper Iowa River.

It hasn't been an easy weekend for those who knew him. It seems he'll truly be remembered on campus. "He was a great guy, a really nice kid...had a lot going for him," said Blake Heeren.

"He was just a really genuine person, the type of person you'd want to see walking down the sidewalk from class to class," Jack said.

Bjorn was also heavily involved, devoting his time to different activities. "He was open to trying new things, he was involved in a lot of different things on campus, he was a tennis player. He also played ultimate frisbee," Blake said.

His friends say they'll miss him. "He had friends in every friend group...football players, golf guys. Everyone knew him, everyone respected him," he added.

Bjorn was from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He majored in Computer Science.

On Sunday night, Luther College held a prayer vigil in memory of Bjorn.

They also released this statement: "The Luther community is devastated by this loss and continues to pray for Bjorn's family. We ask that the community come together and support one another in this difficult time."

The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office says there's no indication of foul play. An autopsy is being performed by the Medical Examiners Office.
 

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