Photos: Saying goodbye to Jacob Wetterling


Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
1 Flowers line the stage inside Clemens Field House at the College of Saint Benedict before the community memorial service for Jacob Wetterling Sunday. Notes on the flowers carried messages of sympathy from friends, family and businesses, including corporations like Delta Airlines. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
2 Susan Codgill directs the College of Saint Benedict Women's Choir during their sound check inside the Clemens Field House before the service for Jacob Wetterling Sunday. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
3 A podium with Jacob Wetterling's name on it sits at the front of the Clemens Field House, among flowers and a display of 11 candles, a gesture reflecting Jacob's age when he disappeared, as well as a campaign to remember him with 11 virtues. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
4 Members of the St. John's Boys Choir leave their sound check before Sunday's memorial. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
5 Attendees listen to the service surrounded by screens with a slideshow of photos of Jacob and his family. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
6 Members of Jacob Wetterling's family -- his mother, Patty; brother, Trevor; father, Jerry and sister Amy -- stand together on the stage while his sister Carmen speaks at his memorial. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
7 Jacob Wetterling's sister Carmen speaks during his memorial service Sunday. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
8 Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner stands in the crowd during the service for Jacob Wetterling inside the Clemens Field House Sunday. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
9 The St. John's Boys Choir sings "Pie Jesu," from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem." The choir was directed by Andre Heywood and accompanied by pianist Sean Jacobson. The choir later performed "You Raise Me Up" with gospel musician Robert Robinson. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
10 Jacob's cousin Allen Overturf told stories about Jacob during Sunday's community memorial service. Jacob loved guacamole, the Minnesota Vikings and a big glob of peanut butter on his cereal, Overturf said. The crowd laughed as he described how Jacob once continued skating around the rink after scoring a goal, arms raised high even after the ensuing face-off. "Some of you may wonder why you've never heard these stories before, why even Jacob's closest friends and family members waited until now to share memories of Jacob with each other," Overturf said. "I guess for us, planning for the future rather than talking about Jacob in the past was our way to keep his hope alive all these years." 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
11 Douglas Wood sings "Jacob's Hope" alongside the St. John's Boys Choir near the end of Sunday's service. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
12 Patty Wetterling greets mourners after Sunday's memorial service. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
13 Jerry Wetterling hugs fellow mourners after the service. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
14 Grace Caraway, 11, eats ice cream during an ice cream social after Sunday's memorial for Jacob Wetterling. 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
15 Sharon Klehr Froehle, Mary Anne Gravee and Sharon Toogood Froehle talk over ice cream after the service for Jacob Wetterling Sunday. "We were neighbors of the Wetterlings," Toogood Froehle said. "This beautiful service just affirms that this is a good community." 
Memorial for Jacob Wetterling
16 Patty Wetterling embraces mourners after the service for her son, Jacob, outside the Clemens Field House on the College of Saint Benedict's campus. "We wouldn't have survived the past 27 years without the love and support of all of you," Patty Wetterling told the crowd earlier.