- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The water in Broyhill Fountain on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s City Campus is being turned red in honor of all of the students who have died in the past year.

The Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1FlRkuN ) reports the ceremony, which is being called the Red Memorial, will take place Friday in the university’s Nebraska Union Plaza. Dean of Students Matt Hecker says red lights will illuminate the fountain’s water to honor eight students who died during the 2014-15 school year.

“We recognize that in each case there have already been funerals and memorial services, so we’re not trying to re-create that,” Hecker said. “We’re just trying to do something to remember the students who were here but no longer are, and trying to send a message that their presence is missed.”

The service will include a reading of the students’ names, a choral performance and a meditation by the Rev. Adam White of the UNL Lutheran Center.

This is the first Red Memorial that the school has held, and it will be open to all students and the public.

Keaton Klein, one student who will be honored at the memorial, had always wished to see the Broyhill Fountain’s waters flow red during home Nebraksa Husker football games. According to Klein’s mother, he would make express his wish to his girlfriend almost every time they walked by the fountain.

“When Karli told me about his dream to turn the fountains red during a home Husker game, I thought this was something we could do to honor his memory,” Julie Klein said.

According to Hecker, the university is working on a way to grant Klein’s wish and light the fountain red for Husker games.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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