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UI Music professor remembered

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- University of Iowa students continue the greiving process after a longtime music professor took his life this past November.

Mark Weiger committed suicide following sexual misconduct accusations this past November.  Saturday, friends, colleagues, and students held a memorial concert in his honor in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Alan Huckleberry played the second movement of Bach to remember; he also played to forget.

"It has now been 73 days since I found him, not one day has passed that I haven't thought of him," said University of Iowa Music professor Alan Huckleberry.

And he plays to pay tribute to his best friend.

"Music is always a good thing.  I think if we all did some sort of music, the world would be a better place, i know Mark thought that," said Alan Huckleberry.

Jill Staudt thinks about the time she wanted to give up.

"I went in to a lesson and I was just so discouraged and I didn't understand it at all, and I was like i hate it.  He's constantly going to be influencing and inspiring what I keep doing" said Senior Jill Staudt.

Stuart Breczinski cherishes the four years he had under his talented professor.

"Mark, we wouldn't be the same people without you," said Stuart Breczinski.

Mark Weiger touched the lives of those he worked with every day, and that is why Saturday, those who cared most put on a concert in his name.

People remembered the extraordinary professor, musician, and friend that brought everyone in the room together in perfect harmony.

"It's obvious that he was loved, will be, and will always be missed," said Jill Staudt.

"Doing the best you can and making the most out of yourself, if they can remember those things, I know Mark will be very happy and so will I," said Alan Huckleberry.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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